A new Facebook page is meant to help residents urge Asheville City Council to place recycling bins downtown by 2014.
From the page created by local tech nerd, former Green Drinks organizer, and behind-the-scenes Asheville supporter Ty Hallock of Top Floor Studio:
We hope to get City Council to prioritize recycling bins in downtown Asheville by 2014.
You can show you care about this cause by liking the page and showing AVL citizens are concerned.
We are a small group of citizens that care about the environment. We have been meeting with city employees and are trying to push forward sustainable measures in the city. If you want more info or would like to help further contact email@example.com
Learn more about the goals of Hallock and the group in this Prezi presentation:
Visit the page on Facebook here: Recycle Asheville
It would also be nice if those of us who live in apartment complexes had some way to recycle other than collecting our stuff and taking to the station behind the Asheville Pizza Co on Merrimon.
Why? Businesses already pay for their recyclcyling and their are not enough residents to occur the extra cost. They throw their waste on the curb in waynesville and its disgusting. Asheville does more then most city’s but I guess people always want more.
I think he means for the public not people living downtown. But I would say the logistics seem like a pain in the butt. Doesn’t asheville contract their recycling to curbside? Not sure they would be able to pick up a heavy container like they do for residential customers.
The fact that Asheville tries to position itself as an eco-friendly town and in 2013 doesn’t have a downtown recycling program really says a lot about the city leadership and their priorities.
How about citywide compost program? Wood chips program. City-sponsored bike sharing (tourists biking around would cut way down on emissions). Mini-grants and ordinances to help establish neighborhood gardens. Identifying buildings in each neighborhood for freecycle “stores”.
We should do it all!
Residential composting is in the works. A small pilot program should start up next year. As of Nov 2012 all of the Cities wood chips, brush and leaves are being composted (at no cost) in a partnership with http://www.dannysdumpter.com and the City of Asheville. Before that, the City was paying a local mulch yard to take all of the brown matter they collected. These cost savings will be directed to the new residential composting program. Recycling is a bone of contention with City Parks & Rec Dept. Roger McGuire Green Park is the example they use to argue that the Downtown of Asheville isn’t ready for recycling. Parks & Rec has commented that the recycling bins in that park are always contaminated with too much trash. One might believe that problem stems from not emptying the trash bins often enough and a apathetic public.