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Recycle Your Plastic Bags! (But Not at the Curb)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Recycle your plastic bags! ASHEVILLE NC – Please remember that plastic bags are NOT accepted at the curb. To recycle:

  • plastic grocery and shopping bags
  • produce bags
  • dry-cleaning bags
  • similar plastics

Gather up your clean and empty bags (no receipts), and take them to a store with a plastic bag recycling bin. Enter your zip code in the upper right corner of the website abagslife.com to find a recycling location near you. The bins are located in the front of participating stores.

You’ll help keep bags from blowing around alongside our roadways, rivers and streams.

Coca-Cola Recycle & Win promotes recycling efforts in Asheville

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – In an effort to promote recycling, the City of Asheville, in partnership with Coca-Cola and Ingles, is introducing the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program – a nationally recognized sustainability initiative which offers tips on recycling and rewards selected residents for proper recycling with a $50 Ingles gift card.

To implement and promote recycling, The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated have invested over $250,000 in the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program, which includes a direct mail educational packet sent to all single-family households in Asheville the week of February 17th. The educational packet contains images highlighting which materials SHOULD go in your recycling container as well as a “Give it Back” sticker, which residents must place on their recycling container to opt in for a chance to win a $50 Ingles gift card.

“The City of Asheville implemented single stream recycling in 2012 and launched the program by distributing 95 gallon roll-out containers. In the first year of the program, we saw a nearly 25% increase in recycling.  Partnering with Coca-Cola for this incentive-based program takes our program to the next level.  In addition to reducing our community carbon footprint, the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program potentially puts a reward in the pockets of participants.”

Manheimer continued, “After seeing Coca-Cola Recycle & Win’s success in Raleigh and Charlotte, I knew this exciting program was something we wanted to bring to Asheville.  Bottom line, it encourages everyone to recycle and for those people already recycling, to recycle more.  We appreciate Coke’s role in this public-private partnership and the opportunity to come together for a greener Asheville.”

“Coca-Cola is proud to bring the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program to Asheville,” said Lauren Steele, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. “The Coca-Cola Company believes it is essential to educate everyone on the importance of recycling and recycling properly. We also believe that recycling should be a rewarding experience, and what better way to encourage people to recycle than by giving them an opportunity to be a winner!” Steele, a long-time proponent of recycling added, “Coca-Cola Recycle & Win enhances Asheville’s already strong reputation as a leader in this country’s sustainability efforts.”

The Coca-Cola Recycle & Win Recycling Patrol will visit Asheville neighborhoods starting the week of February 17th and plans to award a total of 260, $50 Ingles Gift Cards throughout the six-month program. “Supporting the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win initiative is just one more way Ingles is demonstrating our commitment to sustainability in our stores and in the communities we serve,” said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer, Ingles. “Ingles promotes environmental stewardship throughout our supply chain and encourages our customers to return plastic bags for recycling. Our hope is that customers participating in the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win program will make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

Hard 2 Recycle Day in Asheville January 11

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Hard 2 Recycle events are free, public collections geared to bring awareness of other modes of recycling to our area. Our goal is to educate, and to collect and divert items that would normally end up in the Landfill – such as hard bulky plastics, Styrofoam, electronics, blankets, batteries, cooking oil and much more. (See attached for a complete list of accepted items.)

The next Hard 2 Recycle event is:

  • Saturday, January 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Aaron’s Rent-to-Own, 1298 Patton Avenue
    Asheville NC 28806

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights!

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Drop your old Christmas lights by Lowe's if you want to recycle them.ASHEVILLE NC – If you are moving to more energy-efficient LED Christmas lights, or have decided to get rid of your old or non-working incandescent strings of lights – you can recycle them!

Just drop them by the Asheville Lowe’s one-stop recycling center located inside the store – right next to the exit doors.

 

Looking for your perfect Christmas tree this year?  Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm has you covered!

Buncombe County Ranks 3rd in the State for Recycling!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Each year, the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach uses data from the solid waste and materials management annual reports to assess the total amount of material recycled by NC municipalities and counties.

During fiscal year 2009-10, the recovery of traditional recyclable materials increased compared to previous years, and the proportion of materials recovered and returned to the economy compared to disposal was the highest on record. A notable increase came in plastic bottle recovery, which rose by 22 percent over the previous year.

Using these reports, counties were ranked based on the number of pounds of material recycled per person. Buncombe County ranked third overall, with 393.1 pounds of material recycled per capita.

A total of 45,285 tons of traditional recyclables were recovered in Buncombe County during FY 2009-10. Only Pitt and Catawba counties recycled more per capita.

Electronic Recycling Made Easy by Waste Pro

Monday, September 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Are you a customer of Waste Pro? Recycle your electronics for free!

A new service for electronic waste recycling (TVs, old computers, etc.) will be provided at no additional charge on a call-in basis. They will pick up the electronic waste right at your house!

Just call Waste Pro at (828) 684-7790 to schedule a pickup.

Telephone book recycling drive under way

Monday, July 11th, 2011

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville and Curbside Management have announced the 2011 Telephone Book Recycling Drive, supported by AT&T Project Redirectory.

Residents are encouraged to bring their used telephone books to any of the 11 Asheville area community recreation centers from now through Aug. 18.

The recreation center that collects the most used telephone books wins a $500 cash prize for the center.

AT&T Real Yellow Pages are made of 100 percent recyclable content, with an average of 40 percent recycled, post-consumer content. The paper is made from recycled paper waste and wood fiber such as sawdust and wood chips that would otherwise go unused.  Recycled phone books are made into useful products such as insulation, roofing singles, animal bedding and new phone directories.

To find a list of city recreation centers, visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/ParksRCA

 

A Billion Acts of Green for Earth Day!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On April 22, people from all around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. It’s great to do something special for Earth Day, but it’s even better to commit to simple actions all year long that make a difference.

This year, the Earth Day Network is challenging people around the world to commit to “A Billion Acts of Green.” The purpose of this campaign is to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world.

This Earth Day, respond to this challenge by committing to an “act of green” that will help make our world a better place. You’ll be joining millions of other people who are also committing to positive actions, and, together, we will make a HUGE difference!

Here are some possible “green acts.” We’re sure you can think of many others. Choose an act of green (or two or three!) that fits your family’s lifestyle and make it a habit!

  • Reduce the amount of waste you create. One easy way to do this is to shop from a list. Impulse purchases are often items that you didn’t need and won’t use.
  • Reuse what you have by finding creative, new uses.
  • Recycle your paper and containers.
  • E-cycle old electronics, including computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, cell phones, and iPods/MP3 players.
  • Don’t litter. According to Keep America Beautiful, a nationwide anti-litter organization, a single piece of litter invites more, often leading to an unsightly mess. Never throw anything out of your car windows. Don’t throw your trash on the ground next to full containers.
  • Grasscycle your lawn clippings by letting them drop back onto the lawn when you mow instead of bagging them. Grasscycling returns water and plant food to your lawn. Plus, it saves time!
  • Compost your yard waste and fruit and vegetable scraps in a backyard bin. Not sure how to start? Contact Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Choose human-powered transportation to go short distances. You could walk, jog, or bike.
  • Encourage your children to ride the school bus or carpool with another family to save fuel and reduce air pollution. Carpool to sports practices, scouts, and other activities, too!
  • Borrow books and DVDs from the library.
  • Plant a tree and water it this summer.
  • Switch off lights and turn off the TV and computer when you leave the room.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (the “twisty” ones). Known as CFLs, these bulbs use less energy and last much longer. Remember that burned-out CFLs can’t go in the trash. CFLs are accepted at the Landfill’s Friday-only HHW drop-off at the landfill. Here’s a list of other places you can drop them off.

To register your acts of green, visit www.billionactsofgreen.org, or find Billion Acts of Green on Facebook or Twitter. The online registration tools are easy to use and only take a minute to complete.

With thousands of Earth Day events and a billion participants, this Earth Day we can show the world that every small environmental act makes a difference.