The Watauga County Solid Waste/Recycling Department operates a transfer station for municipal solid waste, an inert debris landfill (LCID), 10 staffed convenience centers, a mulching program for clean wood, a bulk metal and white goods (appliances) collections program, used tire collection and a recycling program.
Please click here for the Watauga County Solid Waste Plan.
Please click here for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
The transfer station, LCID landfill, mulching, white goods and tire collection programs are located at 336 Landfill Road (off Highway 421 East).
All waste entering the Watauga County transfer station is weighed across the facility's scales. Each household in the County is allowed 2000 pounds of free waste per year. All other users are charged a tipping fee of $53/ton for MSW and $42/ton for clean wood going to the mulch pile.
The ten staffed convenience centers are located throughout the County. Watauga County residents may use any of the convenience center container sites listed below. The sites accept most types of household solid waste. Bulky items and materials, which do not easily fit into a standard household trash bag, should be taken to the transfer station for disposal.
Watauga County has a progressive Solid Waste/Recycling program and is always looking to adopt new methods and encourage recycling to safeguard the County's natural resources. All container sites are equipped with recycling containers for glass, newsprint, paper, and cardboard.
A list of container sites, hours of operation, recycling options, etc. are included on this site or may be obtained at or by contacting the Sanitation Office at (828) 264-5305.