Local Resources

Reduce Energy Bills




The City supports the Blue Horizons Project which assists residents in reducing
their energy consumption for little to no cost based on income. Check out the Energy Savers Network to learn more on how to receive no-cost weatherization for your home.




The City offers residential fee rebates for permits through the Department of Development Services pertaining to:

  • Solar Energy Installations
  • Energy Efficient Homes
  • Shade Trees


Eat Local


The City has adopted a food policy action plan to increase access to locally grown, healthy foods for the city’s community members.



Resources for Eat Local


Local Gardening

Interested in gardening but do not have access where you live? The City works with community partners to provide:


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Make a positive impact on Asheville through the Adopt-a-Spot program.

Did you know that in 2012 the City of Asheville earned its Bee City, USA designation? You can help by planting pollinator plants at your businesses.

Promote locally grown food, farmers and fishers, businesses and people who prepare, distribute and sell food grown in North Carolina through the NC 10% Campaign.


Reduce Waste

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  • Did you know the City has a goal to reduce waste by 50% by 2050?


  • For more information on how you can participate in composting initiatives and recycling visit:


Click Here to visit the Sanitation Division.



Improve Resilience


The City recently created the Climate Resilience Resource Guide for property owners to identify best management strategies from threats identified through the climate resilience assessment.


Related Services

Dispose of large, seasonal or unusual items

Information about disposing of large or unusual items such as furniture, household hazardous waste, or appliances. As well as instructions for brush, leaves, or Christmas trees.

Recycling guidelines

Information on what can be recycled, how to prepare items for collection, and composting.

Local Resources News

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City of Asheville supports food waste reduction bill introduced to Congress

  Earlier in July, a group of representatives and senators introduced the Zero Food Waste Act to Congress. This legislation would advance the federal goal of halving US food loss and waste by 2030 and reduce the climate, resource, economic, and social impacts of food waste.    This bill would help communities meet local, regional, and [...]

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Asheville Office of Sustainability shares results of recent food waste audit

  Did you know that in the US nearly 40% of food is wasted, clogging our landfills and costing us over $408 billion annually?! The City of Asheville is working hard to think of solutions to reduce our waste and save our food.   The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Sanitation and Buncombe County, [...]