Our homes often feel like churning engines of consumption.  In come the groceries and household goods, clothing, tech tools, books, office supplies and tools.  Out go the packaging(bottles, cans, plastic bags and paper), discarded goods, (clothing, household goods and items no longer used) and trash. How we manage this flow can do a lot for our carbon footprint.

Recycling has become a common practice in most American homes.  In the city of Asheville, Curbie trucks come through our neighborhoods every two weeks and empty the large blue bins filled with acceptable recyclables.  Click here for a full list of acceptable recylables for these pickups.

We are fortunate to have a variety of local businesses that support this community by accepting recyclables.

Asheville Greenworks, one of our area’s premier environmental stewardship non-profits, mobilize volunteers to clean up our area through community.  They also coordinate with Buncombe County and Rainbow Recycling to collect unused pharmaceuticals, helping reduce the amount of chemicals in our rivers and soil. Rainbow Recycling hosts Hard2Recycle Events to divert items that would normally end up in our Landfill. In 2018 they will hosts 5 separate events, allowing you to bring your saved styrofoam, electronics, books, batteries, cooking oil and more.

2018 Hard 2 Recycle Collection Schedule

January 20th, 2018 – West
1298 Patton Ave, Asheville NC (10am to 2pm)
April 17th, 2018 – Central

Sears, 1 S Tunnel Road, Asheville NC (10am to 2pm)
June 9th, 2018 – North
108 Monticello Road, Weaverville NC (10am to 2pm)
September 15th, 2018 – East
2319 US Hwy 70, Swannanoa NC (10am to 2pm)

For household items that you no longer need, please consider donating them to Homeward Bound, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and Goodwill.