Garbage Collection Schedule 

Brush Collection

The Public Works Department provides brush collection services for City residents.

To ensure City workers can safely collect brush and other yard debris, follow these guidelines:

  • Place brush behind the curb or ditch along the street. Do not block the street or sidewalk.
  • Limbs should be no longer than 10 feet and no larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Do not place brush beneath a power line, under trees or in a place that prevents the safe operation of City equipment.
  • Do not place any grass and small trimmings, leaves or any other items in the brush pile example: trash, flower pots, metal poles, railroad ties etc.
  • Excessive loads, stumps, logs or dirt will/may be collected at the direction of the Director of Public Works. Special handling fees and all of burke county landfill disposal fees will be charged to the resident for this service.
  • Brush created by tree trimming services, logging operations or other tree cutting operations provided by private contractors must be collected and disposed of by the contractor and not placed at curb side for pick up by the City.

Brush Collection Schedule

Download this PDF to see the last collection date for various streets in Morganton: 

Your street will be collected about two weeks from the last collection date.

Leaf and Grass Collection

  • 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. If you bag the leaves there is no charge. Just call Public Works @ 828-438-5248 and request for the bags to be picked up.  Bags are collected every Friday unless it is a holiday.
  • Loose grass and small trimmings will require a $25.00 charge (February through September) for out of vacuum service season. If you bag the grass and small trimmings there is no charge. Just call Public Works @ 828-438-5248 and request for the bags to be picked up.  Bags are collected every Friday unless it is a holiday.
  • Grass and small trimmings and leaves should be bagged for collection on Fridays, and bags should not exceed 35 pounds. Excessive weight bags will require a $25.00 charge

Leaf Collection Schedule

Download this PDF to see the last collection date for various streets in Morganton: 

pdf.png Leaf Service Log Updated Jan. 29, 2021

Your street will be collected about two weeks from the last collection date. Log is only available during leaf season.

No Building Debris Allowed

Public Works will not pick up building materials, dirt, concrete, bricks or blocks, or refuse from building, remodeling, and repair operations or landscape work. All waste material of this nature must be removed by the contractor, or in the event of his failure, by the owner of the property; provided, that the owner may make application to the sanitation superintendent and the superintendent may, if practical, remove the rubbish at the expense of the owner. Construction and demolition debris is not residential waste and an additional disposal fee must be paid at the Burke County Landfill.

City Contact

828-437-8863

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