Public Works

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide quality, efficient services that meet and support the infrastructure demands of Sugar Mountain, and enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors through the construction, operation and maintenance of a safe, effective and aesthetic physical environment.

We will accomplish this mission through the following core services:

  • Providing and maintaining an efficient system of roads and pathways made safe and easily accessible by those that travel on them.
  • Maintenance of the Village’s landscaped medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Providing street maintenance, curb and gutter construction and repair, storm drainage maintenance, snow removal, and maintenance of road signs and markings.



The Village of Sugar Mountain provides garbage collection services to all Sugar Mountain taxpayers. Dumpster service is contracted through Republic Services and The Village of Sugar Mountain Public Works Department provides residential service. Current schedule for trash collection is on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS beginning 8:00 a.m. Collection will move to the following workday if a Holiday falls on a Monday or Thursday.


Bagged Household Trash
A compactor for Bagged Household Trash ONLY is located at the Convenience Center located next to the Village Hall and the Volunteer Fire Department at the end of Dick Trundy Lane.

Recycling bins are available for aluminum cans, glass/bottles, and newspaper/magazine disposal.

The Convenience Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at sundown every day.

The Avery County Material recovery sites take the following:

Commingled or mixed recycling (plastic, aluminum, cardboard, mixed paper and steel cans) all can be mixed and placed in one container. Glass will be recycled separate from the mixed recycling.  Additionally the sites will take furniture, scrap metal and white good (refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, and all others appliances) Only small quantities of wood waste will be accepted. NO commercial waste will be accepted and the sites and must use the landfill at 2175 Brushy Creek Rd. Spruce pine NC. 28777.


Electronics have been added to the North Carolina landfill disposal banned materials list due to the lead hazard in so many older type televisions that have a (cathode ray tube) or CRT picture tube. CRT’s once broken have trace amounts of lead inside them and when placed cumulatively in landfills create a health hazard for us and the environment.  We are temporarily collecting Televisions and other electronics at our Convenience Centers and are planning to start permanent collection for electronics at our recycling facility in Newland, located at 269 Old Vale Rd behind the school board and bus garage. Avery County collects twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, time of collection will be 9:00am to 2:00pm. The Avery County Solid Waste Department will provide a staff member to assist the public in the handling and proper placement of electronic waste. Please bring some help with you for bulky oversized/heavy electronics.


Leaf Collection
Leaf collection shall be considered to be leaves collected from a residential property located within the limits of Sugar Mountain and shall consist of a property’s maintained yard only and not surrounding areas of the property.

The Village of Sugar Mountain Public Works Department will collect your bagged leaves as follows:
Leaves shall be placed in plastic bags or 30-gallon paper lawn and refuse bags and shall contain only leaves, shall not weigh over 25 pounds, and shall be placed as close to the street as possible without being on street itself or in a ditch.

Bags which are found to contain brush, stumps, trash or any other material will not be picked up and shall be the homeowner’s responsibility to handle proper disposal.

Brush Removal
Brush removal shall consist of yard trimmings from bushes and other types of ornamental plants. No brush longer than 10 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter will be picked up and shall not consist of any tree stumps, logs or anything requiring special equipment for removal.

The Village of Sugar Public Works Department will collect your brush as follows:

Large Load Pick Up – A large load is considered to be anything larger than 4Lx4Wx3H but no more than 10Lx4Wx4H. The Public Works Department will provide free of charge one large load pick up in the spring and one large load pick up in the Fall. Additional pick-ups can be arranged but will be the responsibility of the homeowner to pay the Clerk at the Village Hall for the cost of labor, disposal of and fuel to transport brush by our Public Works Department to landfill. All large loads must be scheduled in advance as follows: Call by Noon on Wednesdays for a Friday pick up and Noon on Fridays for a Monday pickup. Property owner may be required to submit a deposit to be held by the Village Clerk should additional loads be required. Deposit will be returned to homeowner minus any additional costs incurred which will be determined by Director of Public Works.

Small Load Pick Up – A small load is considered to be any brush pile under 4Lx4Wx3H. Regular pick up service for small loads will be offered to each property owner at no cost. Calls for small loads would be appreciated.

It is not the intention of this Policy that the Village serve as a tree service to dispose of brush and debris from the removal of trees on private property by a private contractor hired by a property owner. It will be the responsibility of any private contractor hired by the property owner or resident to properly dispose of all brush and debris.

Please contact The Village Hall at 828-898-9292 to arrange for your pick up as outlined above, to report any tree damage due to storms or to ask any questions about this policy.

Please be advised that the Public Works Department reserves the right to determine and report load quantities and abuse of this policy to the Village Manager.