Christine Brown, of Asheville GreenWorks, explains what can and cannot be recycled.
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ASHEVILLE – In a push to ramp up recycling the city started its Zero Waste AVL program in 2012, featuring blue single-stream recycling carts.
The bins meant residents no longer had to separate different types of recyclables and could toss in a wider range of materials.
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Still, there are materials the program doesn’t accept, such as plastic grocery bags, styrofoam and hard plastics such as toys and flower pots. Those have been appearing with greater frequency, causing problems with processing machinery and hurting sales prices, said Asheville Solid Waste Director Jes Foster.
“Contaminants like plastic bags can get into loads of recycling that our vendor needs to sell, which can cause a load to be rejected or to earn a lower price,” Foster said.
Asheville’s “Big Blue” recycling bins were part of its single-stream Zero Waste AVL program rolled out in 2012. (Photo: City of Asheville)
Here’s a list of things that shouldn’t go into the blue city recycling bins:
- No plastic bags or film (garbage, grocery, zip lock, film)
- No electronic plastic (TV covers, vacuum cleaner covers, video tapes, other small electronics)
- No plastic clothing hangers
- No garden hoses or construction materials (siding, drain pipes etc)
- No medical or hazardous waste plastics (pill bottles are good all shapes and sizes)
- No automotive bottles with oils or greases (windshield fluid is OK)
- No black microwavable trays
- No plastics without a recycling symbol on the containers or tubs
- No Styrofoam
- No Packing peanuts
- No Plastic bubble wrap
- No Compostable chip bags
- No Plastic straws
- No Plastic six-pack beverage rings
- No Video (VHS) or cassette tapes
- No Compact Discs (CDs, DVDs)
- No PLA containers (Polymerized Lactic Acid plant based)
- No Rigid Plastics. Rigid plastic are currently NOT part of the curbside program. We do accept these plastics at Quarterly Local “Hard to Recycle” Events Rigid Plastic Examples: Plastic trash cans, laundry baskets, storage tubs, toys, pails and buckets, lawn furniture, flower pots, milk crates, large plastic toys (sandboxes, slides, rigid plastic wading pools, play kitchens, etc.) kitty litter buckets, pet carriers & litter boxes, Nalgene bottles CD and film containers (clear top & black bottom)
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