‘Tis the season to recycle, Asheville leaders say


FILE – Christmas gift wrapped up. (Photo credit: Pexels)

City officials are calling on residents to be on Santa’s nice list and step up their recycling habits over the holiday season.

Asheville leaders are challenging residents to keep holiday-centric materials — like gift boxes, bags, and holiday tags — out of the landfill this year.

So, what can go in the “Big Blue Cart?”

  • Wrapping paper (except foil style)
  • Gift boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Paper gift bags (remove strings)
  • Holiday cards and envelopes
  • Catalogs, newspaper, and junk mail

What cannot be recycled?

  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Plastic gift bags
  • Bubble wrap and Styrofoam
  • Puffy mailing envelopes
  • Used paper plates and cups
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Christmas lights or electronics (Residents can take Christmas lights to Biltmore Iron & Metal for recycling.)

The City of Asheville Sanitation Division will also help you recycle natural Christmas trees. Place trees at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your regular brush collection week. The city says the trees will be taken to Riverside Stump Dump and recycled into mulch.

Residents can also drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the following locations:

  • Buncombe County Landfill (81 Panther Branch Road)
  • Private yard waste facilities

Christmas trees must be free of all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands, and other materials.

Artificial trees in reusable condition can be donated to Goodwill or other reuse organization. Artificial trees that can’t be donated should be called in for bulky trash collection to 828-251-1122.

Find more recycling information to use any time of the year on the City of Asheville Sanitation webpage.

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