Curbside Management in Woodfin, which handles recycling for Asheville and other municipalities, acknowledges that a collection bin it operates has been overflowing recently. A truck used to move and empty the recycling bin broke and needed a new motor. (Photo: Courtesy of Bruno Ociepka)
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:
Question: Who runs and is responsible for the giant recycling bins/containers in Woodfin off I-26? The purpose of having these bins is defeated when they are jammed and overflowing. I drive a considerable distance to divide my recyclables into what I think is more likely to be more efficiently recycled and also for my own convenience of not leaving them at the end of my driveway. But one trip and encountering this is enough to make me give up.
My answer: Call me crazy, but I’m a “recyclables at the end of my driveway is way more convenient to me” kind of guy.
Real answer: So this is a temporary situation, according to Nancy Lawson at Curbside Management, the company that handles recycling for Asheville and several other municipalities, and ends up with Buncombe’s recycling.
“Concerning the drop center outside of our location here at Curbie, that is a private convenience center,” Lawson said. “Unfortunately, our truck that operates those containers, we had to put a new engine in it, so it was out for a couple of weeks.”
I’ll note that the reader sent me the picture in early June.
“We tried very hard to put some dump carts out front to maintain it, but we’re only here Monday-Friday, so on the evening and weekends we didn’t staff the thing trying to get it clean,” Lawson said. “We tried to the do the best we can.”
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She stressed that it’s a private convenience center run by Curbie, not Buncombe County or Asheville.
Curbside Management in Woodfin operates this large recycling collection bin, but a truck used to move and empty it recently broke down and needed a new motor. Curbie placed a smaller bin next to it, but over the weekends when the plant is closed, the bins overflowed. (Photo: Courtesy of Bruno Ociepka)
“It’s something we do as a convenience (for the public),” Lawson said, adding that it has been “very abused” at times. “We get a lot of dumping (of non-recyclables). It may not be something we can maintain and sustain going forward in the future, but right now we still are.”
She also noted that residents can always take recycling to the Buncombe County Transfer Station at 190 Hominy Creek Road in Asheville, or the Buncombe County Landfill at 85 Panther Branch Road in Alexander.
Question: I have some house and garden products such as Roundup, paint, old fertilizer, etc., that I need to dispose of, and I have called every local agency I can think of. No one seems to know where I can take them to dispose of them properly. Can you find the answer for me please?
My answer: Why is it that we always think one day we’re going to magically use the last half-ounce of paint? Then we keep the can in the garage for 10 years, open it up and find a chunk of discolored sludge.
Real answer: “All of these items mentioned below can be properly disposed of at the Buncombe County Landfill on Household Hazardous Waste days,” said Eric Bradford, director of operations at Asheville GreenWorks, the nonprofit that works to keep our area clean. “These are only on Fridays and located at the Alexander location.”
You can find details and fees here: www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/recycling.aspx
The next TV and paint/recycling day, as the landfill calls it, runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 28.
The county website notes:
“We accept most electronics — aside from televisions — from residents at no charge. Businesses can recycle electronics at the cost of 30 cents per pound. No hazardous wastes from businesses will be accepted.”
You’ve got to separate out these items and bring them to the electronics recycling area: cell phones, computers and computer-related electronics like monitors, CPUs, and keyboards. No charge.
For televisions under 19 inches, the fee is $5. Over 19 inches, $10.
No charge for pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides.
No charge for automotive fluids such as motor oil, antifreeze, coolant and lead acid batteries.
For flammable liquids like gasoline and kerosene, and paint and paint-related items such as water sealer, paint thinners, enamels, polyurethane, etc., the charge is $2 per gallon, with a 20-gallon limit per week.
This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or email@example.com
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