Asheville GreenWorks Hard-2-Recycle collection this weekend

Packing peanuts cluttering up your life? What about Styrofoam from holiday shipping? These items don’t go in your regular recycling bin but you can responsibly dispose of them during Asheville GreenWorks next Hard to Recycle event, coming up Jan. 16 in Asheville. They are accepting a lot of things that we tend to accumulate: old cellphones, used [...]

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City of Asheville launches new recycling webpage for America Recycles Day

As America Recycles Day approaches on Nov. 15, we tip our hat to the many Asheville households dedicated to sustainable living practices. And as a City we want to encourage everyone to get involved with this initiative. “America Recycles Day is a national initiative to learn about and highlight individual’s consumption and curb the amount [...]

City of Asheville launches recycling pilot project in Asheville Housing Authority communities

The City of Asheville strives to be a leader in sustainability, stating in the City Council’s Strategic Operating Plan the goal of taking sustainability practices to the next level by implementing ways to reduce city-wide solid waste. With the Zero Waste AVL recycling program, the City is making strides towards reducing the trash sent to [...]

Zero Waste AVL initiative continues with information sessions

The City’s Zero Waste AVL survey about waste reduction strategies has just concluded. Thank you to the 1,100 citizens who participated, answering questions about their preferences going forward to reduce the waste stream Asheville’s citizens and businesses generate. The initiative continues with two informational meetings coming up, where people can hear presentations about the options under [...]

Q&A with Asheville’s Chief Sustainability Officer Amber Weaver

Asheville’s new Chief Sustainability Officer Amber Weaver describes herself as a true environmentalist who also understands the importance of integrating multiple aspects of sustainability within our system. As such, she works to integrate innovative approaches to waste reduction and recycling, smart energy use and greener living. Though she worked in energy and environmental project management in [...]

Asheville the first NC city to issue ‘green bonds’

Sustainability. Environmentally friendly. Green. These words not only apply to earth-friendly principles, they now also can apply to financial bonds. They are called “green bonds” and the money used – as well as the profits returned – finance environmentally friendly or sustainable projects. Asheville is the first municipality in North Carolina to issue green bonds. Money [...]

LED light installation continues on major corridors

In 2011, the City of Asheville began a project to replace all streetlights with LED lighting, saving money and energy and helping achieve Asheville City Council’s goals for reducing Asheville’s municipal footprint. The Office of Sustainability has announced that the next phase of streetlight replacement is underway, focusing on major traffic corridors in the [...]

Look for your Recycle and Win sticker in the mail!

  Hey Asheville residents – Have you seen this sticker? Perhaps it arrived in the mail, or maybe you saw it on a neighbor’s blue recycle bin. Know what it means? If you are recycling correctly over the next six months, you could win a $50 worth of free groceries! How? The Recycle and Win program, [...]

Wall Street and Rankin Avenue parking garages get LED upgrades

Two City of Asheville parking garages will been seen in a different light thanks to the City of Asheville’s participation in a newly implemented energy efficiency program with Duke Energy Progress. Utilizing the Duke Energy Progress Small Business Energy Saver Program, the city will replace lights inside the Wall Street and Rankin Avenue parking garages with [...]

November is “Recycle It!” Month

November is “Recycle It!” Month in Asheville and throughout the month, the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is offering tours and information that spotlight the city’s commitment to solid waste reduction. Halloween may be over, but the Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest continues through November 5, with voting running through November 24. So submit those costume [...]

First year of Big Blue shows jump in recycling numbers

Question: What has 4,860,948 pounds of glass, 6,631,612 pounds of paper and nearly 1,000,000 pounds of plastic? Answer: The first year of Asheville’s Big Blue recycling program. The Zero Waste AVL program, featuring the blue single-stream recycling carts, rolled out in April 2012, and numbers show an increase of 4,240,000 pounds – or 2,120 tons – [...]

Plugged in with the APD’s hybrid electric car

Asheville Police Officer Boyd McCaskill says he gets a lot of thumbs up from passers by when he is patrolling his beat in the Downtown Business District. Some of that can be credited to the community outreach and increased visibility of the APD’s downtown unit, but he also thinks it has to do with his [...]

Green features earn recreation center LEED Platinum certification

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston Street has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The designation is the highest level of certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council in its recognition of building [...]

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