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Place fall leaves in eco-friendly paper bags for collection by Asheville Sanitation

    To everyone who started using paper bags for their fall leaves last season, we say thank you and keep up the good work! We’d encourage everyone else to follow their example. Paper bags cost about the same as plastic ones. They’re compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little [...]

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City of Asheville offices closed for Labor Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, including the Sanitation Office, trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Sept. 2. However, there will be no brush collection.  Anyone with a collection issue should call the Customer Service line [...]

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Click here for lots of City of Asheville service information

    Navigating local government can be confusing. Especially when you’re trying to figure out who to call regarding a street or traffic issue. They go to two different departments. The Transportation Department handles the flow of traffic, such as crosswalks and traffic signals or signs. The Streets Division handles the surface conditions, like potholes and resurfacing.   To help, here [...]

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City of Asheville partners with GreenWorks for neighborhood recycling education campaign

  Are you “recycling right?” We’ve all had that moment when we’ve gotten confused on what the City of Asheville accepts and does not accept in the Big Blue recycling bins.   Getting it right is important and here’s why: As a city, our contamination rate is on the rise. Where we were previously at a 5% contamination [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

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With bears in Asheville backyards, be ‘BearWise’ about managing trash

    At a glance This article includes: Tips on how to deter bears. Guidelines if you want to buy your own bear-resistant trash cart. What to do if you encounter a bear.     Baby bears are cute, mama bears can be fierce and both have emerged from their dens hungry.   An increasing number of black bears live and roam around the City of [...]

Asheville City offices to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. There will be no brush collection Monday and the Sanitation office will be closed.   The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

ART bus suspended on Dec. 25     Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.     ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 [...]

Asheville residents asked to bag leaves in sturdy paper

  Dear Asheville, We’d like you to offer you a new solution for leaf collection this season: paper bags! They are so totally useful — compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little hassle as possible to you, our residents. Thank you, City of Asheville   Q&A Question: Why use paper bags for leaf [...]

Fourth of July: Change in Sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

Fireworks explode over the City of Asheville in this photo by Bill Rhodes.   Sanitation schedule shifts, ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Trash and recycling collection Asheville Sanitation will be closed July 4, as the local landfill and transfer stations will be closed. [...]

City of Asheville offices closed for Memorial Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

  Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 28. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day and there will be no scrap [...]

Be bear wise: Keep them out of your yard by reducing their exposure to food sources

  With spring, Buncombe County bears get on the move. Normally shy, they’re hungry and they have baby bears to feed. Problem bears are rare in the City of Asheville. But the City is getting calls about some bears getting into trash cans. More than a third of the calls N.C. Wildlife Resources get about bears statewide come [...]

Composting comes to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium!

  A triple-stream recycle/compost/landfill program has just launched at USCC’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Instead of two bins to dispose of your concession trash, there are now three. So what goes in what? Here’s a guide.   Recycle         Plastic bottles         Cans         Glass bottles   Compost         All cups         Cup carriers         Food waste         Plates         Bowls         Utensils   Landfill         Candy boxes and wrappers         Condiment packets         Foil wrappers [...]

March 14 snow updates: Roads, rec centers, buses and more

Hello March snow! Asheville Public Works crews headed out on the roads this morning spreading salt to clear the main roads.  Roads are now mostly clear.   According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Buncombe County until 11 a.m. Wednesday.   Here are some updates on City services affected by snow:   Asheville City [...]

Asheville trash and recycling collection resumes

  Asheville Sanitation workers were unable to access all Thursday customers due to icy streets. Staff have noted these streets and worked to return to them Friday (Jan. 19) to make a second attempt to collect them.   City workers also be collected Wednesday customer trash on Friday, as previously announced.   But safety must come first. If we are still unable to access a [...]

Wednesday Asheville snow updates: Icy streets, parking garages free and more

Hazardous weather persists in the Asheville area. Many streets are still snow and ice covered and may re-freeze tonight.  Motorists advised to use extreme caution when traveling. Winter weather advisory conditions for tonight call for for black ice and severe wind chills.  Frostbite on exposed skin can occur within 30 minutes.   With 3 inches  of snow and [...]