Dumpsters vs. Garbage Totes
The Town of Jonesborough provides commercial garbage collection to all businesses, offices and industries within Jonesborough’s city limits. Businesses may use 95-gallon totes, or four (4) or six (6) cubic yard dumpsters. One 95-gallon tote is provided to any business, residence or multi-family unit. Additional totes, up to four (4), can be purchased at the Town’s current cost. $52. + tax. Jonesborough picks up dumpsters with a front-loading garbage truck. The Town’s Director of Solid Waste must approve the location of all dumpsters. The Town of Jonesborough must collect the commercial garbage and refuse, with the exception of refuse collection using roll-off containers.
Commercial enterprises, apartments, condos, etc. may use up to five (5) 95-gallon garbage totes for weekly service. If up to five (5) totes are used at one location, the totes placement must be approved by the Director of Solid Waste. The totes must be placed far enough apart so that they can be easily handled by the automatic side-loading collection truck. All refuse must be inside a tote unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director of Solid Waste. Otherwise, the material outside the tote will not be picked up. If more than five (5) totes are needed, a dumpster must be used. Dumpsters must be purchased through the Town or approved by the Director of Solid Waste.
Dumpster Location for Pick-Up
The placement of and access to a dumpster must be approved in advance by the Director of Solid Waste. Dumpster must be placed on a solid pad, preferably concrete, and the pad location and angle of dumpster placement must allow the Town’s collection vehicle to safely travel through the site during collection. The dumpster location must be away from all power or utility lines, as well as overhanging tree branches or building roofs. All curves in the access route must have a large enough radius for the Town’s vehicle to safely maneuver without having to back up.
All dumpsters must be screened. Enclosures must be high enough for the top to be above the dumpster, and may be wood (with planks close together to block sight), brick or chain link if fencing screening strips are used through the chain link so you cannot see through the fence. Metal bollards should be placed behind the dumpster and in front of the fence to prevent the dumpster from sliding and damaging the enclosure. The screening enclosure must have a gate, and the gate latch must be easy to open and close by the Town’s operator. Gates may be locked, but a key must be provided to the Director of Solid Waste. Screening within the Historic District must be approved in advance by the Historic Zoning Commission.
Rental of Totes or Dumpsters
Dumpsters are available for rental through the Town. The current cost of a six (6) cubic yard dumpster is $670. You can order a dumpster or tote by contacting the Director of Solid Waste at 423.753.1006. Payment for a dumpster or additional tote must be made in advance at the Town Recorder’s office at Town Hall in Jonesborough.
- Multiple totes used for business, multi-family residential units, office complexes, etc. are scheduled on the residential collection routes.
- Dumpster pick-up may be scheduled more than one day per week depending on the volume of refuse being generated at a business.
Dumpster and Multiple Tote Collection Fees
Refuse collection rates are normally set annually by the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the budget process in June.