Asheville leads state in recycling

Asheville is currently rolling out the new recycling program, Zero Waste Asheville. Look for your new "Big Blue" recycling bin. Asheville residents have had about an 80 percent participation rate in recycling, one of the highest in the state. With this new program, we can recycle more items and it is more convenient because you don't have to sort.

The pilot program resulted in 50 percent more recycling by weight per household, so it has been proven that it works. I urge all citizens to learn about the program at and do what you can to increase our recycling rate even more. Asheville truly has the opportunity to lead the state in recycling with this program. Encourage your neighbors as well.

— Dane Barrager

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