Public Works Department

The Public Works Department provides sanitation and street services for the City of Morganton The department maintains the City cemeteries, public grounds, mini-parks, and beautification projects. Public Works also cleans and maintains City streets and provides vehicle services to other City departments.

Public Works also maintains landscaping for the Historic Burke County Courthouse.

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Scott Lookadoo
Public Works Director

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Cemetery Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm (6:30 am to 3:00 pm in July and August). 828-438-5379

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The City of Morganton Public Works Department provides weekly back yard residential garbage collection to City of Morganton residents. Only six percent of municipalities in North Carolina provide back yard collection.

  • Garbage cans should be 35 gallons or less.
  • A residence can have up to 4 garbage cans.
  • The City does not provide garage cans.
  • Workers will not pick up and empty flip top cans.
  • The City does will provide rough trash pick-up (larger items or appliances) for a fee.
  • Burke County provides convenient sites for large items; the county landfill is located on Huffman Bridge Road. 

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Leaf collection starts in October and continues as needed through January. Public Works collects leaves every two weeks during leaf season at no charge to residents. However, after January residents must pay a $25.00 to have loose leaves collected. Residents should pile leaves as close to the road as possible without blocking the road or sidewalks.

Leaf Collection Schedule

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The City of Morganton provides a recyling center for residents, and curbside recycling services are offered by Simply Green.

 

Curbside Recycling Service

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Simply Green Recycling Service provides curbside recycling in the City of Morganton. The company also provides recycling services to restaurants and bars in the area to help them comply with the new ABC legislation. Visit their website at simplygreenrecycling.com to learn more.

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City Recycling Center

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The Public Works Department manages a recycling center on Golf Course Road. Residents can recycle aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, glass, mixed paper, newsprint and plastics 1 and 2. The paper and plastic containers are emptied once a week. The glass and can container is emptied every two weeks.

What can be recycled?

Cans

Aluminum and steel cans: Generally, all beverage cans are made of aluminum.

Steel cans include soup cans and processed food cans.

Glass

Soda bottles, beer bottles, juice containers, condiment bottles, wine and liquor bottles and various glass food containers.

Do not recycle the following glass items: mirrors, crystal, light bulbs of any kind, window glass or drinking glasses.

Paper

Mixed paper: Includes practically every other type of paper that hasn't been in contact with food or waste. (Paper food wrappers or dirty tissue or paper towels should not be recycled.)

Newsprint: Inexpensive paper made from wood pulp used chiefly for newspapers.

Cardboard: Fold cardboard boxes to fit into container.

Plastic

Plastics 1 & 2: Some plastics are easier to recycle than others. You can recycle plastics 1 and 2 at the City Recycling Center.

Generally, plastics 1 & 2 include plastic drinking bottles and milk jugs. To be sure your plastic can be recycled at the City site, look for a small recycle triangle on the bottle and check the number inside the triangle.

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Plastics other than 1 and 2 should be reused ro disposed of in your regular trash.

Tips

There are no trash cans at the Recycling Center, and these centers can become trashy quickly. Please keep the Center clean for other users.

Residents should rinse out all containers with water and remove the lids from the glass and plastic containers before recycling the items.

Recyclables should be separated according to type and deposited into the correct container without any strings or paper or plastic bags. Paper bags can be recycled with mixed paper and plastic bags are collected for recycling at many area grocery stores. Please do not leave anything outside of the recycling trailers.

Often the City recycling stations have been used as dumping grounds for trash and non-recyclable items. Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211 if you see anyone illegally dumping trash.

The City's solid waste fee is $10.00 per month per household. For that fee, residents receive weekly back yard garbage collection, curbside yard waste services, and access to a recycling center. Approximately 68% of municipalities charge user fees for residential garbage collection, with an average monthly fee of $9.99, and only 6% of North Carolina municipalities provide back yard collection!

Rough trash and bulk waste pickup is $25.00 per collection.

Loose leaf collection is free during leaf season. Between January and September, loose leaves will be collected for a $25.00 fee.

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Location
96 Kirk St.
Morganton, NC 28655

Mailing Address
City of Morganton
Public Works Department
PO Box 3448
Morganton, NC 28680-3448

 

Scott Lookadoo
Director

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Teresa Massey
Senior Adminsitrative Specialist
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Steven Mills
Cemetery and Grounds Supervisor
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Jeff Waycaster
Equipment Services Supervisor
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City Contact

828-437-8863

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Staff Directory

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