Approximately 10,000 tons of brush and leaves are collected annually within the city limits.
The City of Asheville collects tree limbs, bagged leaves and shrub trimmings separately from other garbage and bulky items. Brush should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of your pickup week. Find your pickup schedule.
How to prepare brush for collection
Tree limbs, brush and shrub trimmings must be piled loose at the curb and must be free of other debris. Large volume brush piles, brush and trimmings cut by contractors are not picked up by the sanitation division.
To ensure that your brush is collected on schedule each week remember these tips:
- Brush should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.
- Place leaves, pine needles, pine cones and other small yard waste in open bags or container mark as “brush”.
- Brush needs to be cut into 4 foot length and 6 inch diameter.
- Do not place bush in the street or block the sidewalk.
- Please keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.
- Avoid placing brush under utility lines and tree limbs.
- Thorny trimmings must be in a separate pile.
Please note that the city does not collect grass clippings (homeowners may compost or leave grass on yard to fertilize lawn) or garden waste including vines and waste from flower or vegetable gardens.
Bagged leaves collected year round
Bagged leaves are collected twice a month throughout the entire year as part of the City’s bi-weekly brush collection. Place bags or containers at the street by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week. Any type of lawn or garden bag is fine to use. When the bags are emptied, they are left for you to reuse again. Here are a few guidelines to ensure that your bagged leaves are collected:
- Do not tie bags or place lids on containers.
- Do not mix trash with the bagged leaves.
- Place bags or containers near the street by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week.
- If using a container write “leaves” or “brush” on the container for crews to easily identify the container and not confuse it for trash collection.
Burning of loose leaves
The burning of leaves is not permitted in the city and violators risk a fine from the Asheville Fire Marshal’s office. Fines can range between $250 to $500 or more, and violators may even be arrested. For more information on this, contact the Asheville Fire Marshal’s office at 828-259-5641. If violators are caught burning leaves, the Sanitation Division can issue a $50 fine in addition to any fines from the Fire Marshal’s office.
Other options for disposing of leaves
One of the easiest and quickest ways to dispose of the loose leaves is to compost them. By running a mulching mower over the leaves, the leaves will compost directly into the lawn. Another way to compost them is by raking them into a compost pile. When spring arrives the leaves will have decomposed and will be a great soil additive for gardening. Read more about backyard composting.
The Buncombe County landfill will also accept leaves for a fee. Click here for directions to the Buncombe County landfill or call 828-250-5462 for more information.
Christmas tree recycling
Asheville residents can place trees at the curb for regular brush collection. Please remember to remove lights, ornaments and stands.
Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:
- Buncombe County Landfill at 85 Panther Branch Road
- Private Yard Waste Facility