A new partnership from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville aims to help reduce greenhouse gases and organic matter in the landfill by offering residents a place to drop off compostable matter.

County residents can now drop off food scraps and other compostable materials at the Buncombe County Landfill Convenience Center located at 85 Panther Branch Road in Alexander.

The City of Asheville also operates a drop-off location at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

Organic waste in landfills generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By composting wasted food and other organics, methane emissions may be significantly reduced.

For residents who are interested in composting but worry about bears, or finding the space for backyard composting, Buncombe County has partnered with the City of Asheville and Food Waste Solutions to open two compost drop-off locations for county residents.

In alignment with the Buncombe County Strategic Plan goals, the Landfill compost drop-off center is part of a pilot program designed to assess interest and engagement for food waste diversion and composting in Buncombe County.

How the Compost Drop-off Works

  • Collect compostable materials at home and make sure to remove all produce stickers, rubber bands, wrappers, ties, bags and plastics.
  • To collect materials, use a compost pail, a bucket, paper bags, or another certified compostable bag.
  • At the landfill scale house, alert staff that you are there to drop off compostable materials to be directed to the drop-off location.
  • Empty food scraps and compostable waste into the cart on-site.
  • Close and secure the lid when finished.
  • Do not overfill.

The Buncombe County Landfill is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For questions about the composting program, email

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