Asheville’s Earth Day: Hard to Recycle collection, 25-cent ART bus rides and Tire Amnesty Days

What do you do with that old stereo, leftover Styrofoam, cellphones and computers? And old tires, for that matter. Yikes, right? Asheville, we’ve got you covered.


Hard to Recycle event

Fortunately, Asheville GreenWorks is on the case. First up is the Hard to Recycle collection this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the City Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St., Asheville.

Asheville Greenworks is partnering with Open Box, Blue Ridge Biofuels, Curbie, Biltmore Iron and Metal, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Snake, Rabbit, and Snail Bookmobile, and the Asheville Humane Society. Bring all your hard-to-recycle materials: TVs, batteries, Styrofoam, electronics, books and more — to this free recycling event. Click on the poster below for a list of items to be accepted. Children’s books and animal items, for example, may be repurposed at the Asheville Humane Society or the Snake Rabbit and Snail Bookmobile.


Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup

Next mark your calendar for April 30 for the Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup. Open to volunteers of all ages and especially neighborhood groups, this is an Asheville GreenWorks city- and county-wide cleanup. GreenWorks will provide bags, tools, buckets, safety vests, signs, gloves to help you through your cleanup. The City of Asheville and the NCDOT will come and pick up your trash afterward.

Signup and organize your neighborhood, business, club, church or group to take on a section for a cleanup. Here is the online registration form.

These series of cleanups are in partnership with the City of Asheville, Buncombe County Solid Waste, Storm-water Division, Griffin Waste and the Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

Volunteers are needed to organize their neighborhoods, groups, clubs and businesses to help cleanup our town. For more information, email or call 828-254-1776.


Tire Amnesty Days

Set for May 14-15, Tire Amnesty Days are a free-to-the public tire collection to promote alternative modes of recycling for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.

On both days in the Sears parking lot, Asheville GreenWorks volunteers and sponsors will be ready to accept tires on or off rim at no charge from residents of Buncombe County. Please bring along valid ID or your most recent water bill showing that you’re a Buncombe County resident. There’s no limit to the amount of tires that you can bring out.

This FREE event is geared for the general public and not to area businesses. If you’re an area business and you need to dispose of tires, please contact our offices for more information, 828-254-1776


More Earth Day tie-ins

    • The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that ART bus rides will be 25 cents on Earth Day, April 22.



    • And if you haven’t heard, the City of Asheville is partnering with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce for the Asheville Workplace Challenge,  which offers local businesses a self-assessment tool that gives guidance to help local businesses save money and reduce their environmental impact. By participating in the Asheville Workplace Challenge, your business can improve your operations and reduce costs. Awards will be handed out at the end of the challenge.


  • Haywood Road Bike Corral Ribbon Cutting and Celebration: 6 to 6:30 p.m. April 28 on Haywood Road near the Vermont Avenue intersection. Hosted by Asheville on Bikes, this recently completed project was done in partnership with the City of Asheville, NC Department of Transportation and the West Asheville Business Association. Find more information at

Happy Earth Day in advance, everybody, however you celebrate sustainable living April 22. Find out more about Earth Day 2016 by visiting