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Recycling Questions? Recycling Answers.


Who should recycle?

Everyone—you, your family, friends, and roommates!

When and where do I recycle?

When and where you recycle depends on where you live:

  • In the towns of Weaverville and in the City of Asheville, you can recycle at the curb. You can put all of your recyclables together into the blue recycling bags or into a bin if one is provided.
  • In the Town of Woodfin, you can also recycle at the curb. You can put all of your recyclables together into the yellow bin that the town provides.
  • If you live in unincorporated Buncombe County and have trash collection service provided by GDS, you can also recycle curbside using clear blue recycling bags.
  • Other Buncombe County residents can use the four drop-off centers:

What can be recycled?

All of these household materials can be recycled:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic drink containers, such as soda bottles, milk jugs, water bottles, detergent jugs, and shampoo bottles
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel cans, such as soup cans, vegetable cans, and pet food cans
  • Newspaper and brown paper bags
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Office paper and mail
  • Corrugated cardboard

How do I recycle?

Recycling is easy to do. You simply separate clean recyclables from trash. You empty, rinse, and drain recyclable containers. Turn them upside down to let them drip-dry; this will help keep your paper products dry. Don’t put the cap or lid back onto the container—toss the cap or lid, as well as any soap pumps or spray nozzles, in the trash. Paper should be clean and dry. (Food-stained paper and wax-coated paper needs to go into the trash.)

Why should I recycle?

  • Recycling keeps us from wasting the resources that were used to make the product.
  • Recycling creates less pollution than making products from new resources that come directly from nature (called “virgin materials”).
  • Recycling creates less pollution than disposing of trash.
  • By making new products from reused materials, recycling uses less energy, including fuel and electricity, than making the same products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling creates jobs.
  • Recycling helps keep our planet cool by creating fewer of the “greenhouse gases” that are warming it up.