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Zero Waste AVL Recycling Program
Curbside Recycling Collection
Curbside recycling collection service is provided every other week (bi-weekly) to City of Asheville residents. The City of Asheville contracts with Curbside Management for recycling collection services.
The City of Asheville residential recycling service was enhanced in 2012 to implement the new Zero Waste AVL recycling program. The upgraded service allows residents to recycle additional household materials previously not accepted, and provides a much larger 96 Gallon BLUE recycling roll cart for the safe and clean collection of a greater volume of recyclables. Read about the early success of the recycling program in the article: Blue bin boost recycling 87%. In 2014, over 8,000 tons of recyclable materials were collected in the City.
DETERMINING RECYCLING COLLECTION DAYS
|Recycling is is collected the same day of the week as trash collection, except it is collected every other week. Residents should place containers at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on their collection day, and containers should be removed from the curb no later than 11:00 p.m. on the same day. Recycling is collected either on A Week or B Week, according to your neighborhood; you can determine which week your recycling is collected by clicking on the schedules below, using the Collection Day search tool, or by calling Curbside Management at (828) 252-2532. You may also use the below map to determine when your recycling collection day.
2015 Recycling Schedules
The Sanitation Division will be closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. If one of these holidays fall on a normal collection day, trash service will be suspended for that day and will resume the day after, pushing trash collection back one day. For example, if a holiday occurs on a Tuesday, Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, and Thursday collections will take place on Friday. Residents should place containers at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on their collection day, and containers should be removed from the curb no later than 11 p.m. on the same day.
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2015
The sanitation division and Curbside Management (recycling) will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thursday trash and recycling (“B” week) customers will receive collection on Friday, November 27. Please have both the trash and recycling out by 7:00 a.m. on Friday for collection.
Christmas, Friday, December 25, 2015
No changes to schedule for trash or recycling (“B” week) collection.
New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2016
No changes to schedule for trash or recycling (“A” week) collection.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING TIPS
Making recycling as easy as 1, 2, 3!
First, decide on a storage area. The kitchen, where most household refuse originates, is an ideal place for a home recycling center. Put it in a place where you'll remember to use it such as under the sink or in a closet or pantry. You may use your old green and blue bins to store recyclables before emptying contents into the blue rollcart. A location in the garage or near a back door can also be used for storage.
Second, take every opportunity to fill your recycling roll carts with properly prepared recyclable materials. Remove all caps and lids, and lightly rinse food residue from containers. Place containers, removed caps and lids, and other unsorted recyclables into blue roll cart. See What Goes IN? for detailed list of recyclable materials.
Third, place your BLUE recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regularly scheduled, bi-weekly collection day. If you have more recyclables than will fit into your roll cart, place extra materials in a reusable, open container next to your cart so it is not confused with your trash. To request an additional cart, call (828) 251-1122.
For more information, read our Comprehensive Zero Waste AVL Guide.
WHAT CAN BE PLACED IN THE CART?
Household glass, paper, cardboard, metal and plastic material will now be recycled, unsorted, in the BLUE roll carts. What Goes In? Expanded recyclable materials accepted for curbside recycling will include plastics #1 through #7 (look for the number on the bottom of the container), plastic "clamshell" containers, and plastic lids and caps. In addition, refrigerated cartons ("gable top" cartons, for example milk and juice cartons), non-refrigerated cartons ("aseptic cartons," for example juice box, soy milk and soup broth cartons), aluminum food trays and pie tins, and empty aerosol cans. Please do not bag recyclables before placing in the blue roll cart, with the exception of shredded paper, which can be placed in paper or clear plastic bags.
wHERE SHOULD CARTS BE PLACED?
Please place the BLUE recycling roll cart and your green trash roll cart 3 to 5 feet apart curbside, so that the recycling and sanitation crews can access the carts with the truck’s mechanical equipment. Please keep roll carts at least 2-3 feet away from utility poles, mailboxes, cars, or other objects that may obstruct the sanitation crew’s access to the roll carts. Face the opening towards the street, and keep the lid closed. The roll carts are the property of the City of Asheville. If you move, please leave the cart at your place of residence.
Recycling Drop-off Centers
Recycling can be dropped off at any of the following locations:
What happens to your recyclables?
Residential recyclable materials collected from curbside service are brought to the Curbside Management facility on Woodfin Avenue. Using both specialized equipment and staff, the glass, metal, paper/cardboard and plastic materials are separated, sorted, and prepared before they are brought to various different vendors that can reuse the materials.
Effective July 1, 2011, computer equipment and televisions are banned from disposal in the State of North Carolina. Banned items include: televisions, laptop computers, desktop computers, monitors, printers, scanners and peripherals such as mice and keyboards.
There are multiple options for recycling electronics. Residents can recycle electronics at local retailers and Buncombe County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility or they can participate in a manufacturer sponsored take back program. Further details about the recycling opportunities in this area are listed on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources website; see Consumer Electronics information and Electronics Management information.
The following retailers have started providing recycling opportunities.
- Best Buy accepts a variety of electronic items. Just stop by the store with the item. Computer monitors and television that are brought to the store however you will pay a $10 recycling fee but you will also receive a $10 gift certificate. For more information, visit their website.
- Dell and Goodwill Industries teamed up to provide the Reconnect Program. Goodwill locations will accept all computer equipment and in any condition and cable ready working televisions from consumers. These items will be recycled for free. For Goodwill drop-off locations, visit their website.
- Harris Teeter partnered with Engaged Recycling to accept a variety of electronics. Use the Engaged Recycling website to determine which electronics are accepted. Participants are provided a postage-paid shipping label to print and can ship the electronics free of charge. For more information, visit their website.
- Lowes has installed recycle center in stores to provide a one-stop recycling destination. In addition to recycling shipping materials such as pallets, wraps and cardboard, they also recycle mobile phones, batteries and CFL bulbs. For more information, visit their website.
- Office Depot has an electronics recycling box can be purchased ranging in prices from $5 - $15. Simply fill the box with the electronics and return it to the store. For more information, visit their website.
- Staples - accepts small electronics are free to drop off at the store for free. Computers and printers there's a cost of $10 per item. For more information, visit their website.
Buncombe County House Hazardous Waste and Electronics
Buncombe County holds household hazardous waste collection days each Friday at the landfill on Panther Branch Road between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For detailed information about disposal guidelines for hazardous waste, visit Buncombe County's Solid Waste website or contact Buncombe County at (828) 250-5462.
Special Material Recycling
Below are some links that provide tips for reducing waste:
ABC Container Recycling
ABC Permit holders are welcome to use any of the recycling drop-off centers listed here.
Zero Waste AVL Recycling Topics