Morganton's Public Works Department provides street maintenance, garbage pickup, recycling, cemeteries and grounds maintenance, city warehousing, equipment services and beautification projects throughout the city as well as caring for the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn and landscaping.
Watch the News Herald and CoMPAS Cable for announcements or call the Department of Public Works at 438-5248 for scheduled services.
The City of Morganton provides back yard residential garbage collection and curbside yard waste services and convenience center recycling for $10.00 per residence per month. The City will provide additional services for bulk waste, appliances and other items on a user fee basis. The base fee is $25.00 per collection.
Only 6% of North Carolina Municipalities provide back yard collection. Approximately 68% of Municipalities charge user fees for residential garbage collection, average monthly fee $ 9.99/month.
As residents of Burke County, Citizens of Morganton residents pay disposal fees on their Burke County taxes.
Burke County does not charge the City of Morganton to dispose residential solid waste. However, Burke County does charge for the City of Morganton to dispose of bulk items in the County landfill.
The County also bans the disposal of white goods (appliances) and cardboard. Burke County accepts white goods for recycling. These fees and bans are to encourage recycling and discourage disposal. This is one of the reasons the City of Morganton charges a $25.00 fee for collection of these items.
No building materials, dirt, concrete, bricks or blocks, or refuse from building, remodeling, and repair operations or landscape work will be handled by City forces. All waste material of this nature shall 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.
Leaf collection starts in October and continues as needed through January. The City Public Works Dept. currently collects leaves every two weeks during leaf season - October through January. After January, loose leaves will be collected for a $25.00 fee.
Residents should pile leaves as close to the road as possible without blocking the road or sidewalks.
The City will not provide leaf bags. Loose-leaf collection is much more efficient. Also, using loose-leaf collection saves money and eliminates unnecessary plastic bag waste.
New Year's Day - Jan. 1
Garbage collection will be on a regular schedule Monday; no pickup on Tuesday Jan. 1; collection for the remainder of week will be on a one-day delay.
The City of Morganton provides back yard residential garbage collection Monday through Thursday and curbside yard waste services on Fridays. A recycling center is also operated on Golf Course Road beside Shuey Park.
For more information on back yard collection, call the Public Works department at 438-5248.
The City of Morganton currently provides a convenience center at Shuey Field off Golf Course Road for Morganton residents who want to recycle.