According to Barry Lawson, president of Curbside Management, the Woodfin recycling company — better known as Curbie — will no longer accept containers or mixed paper from the general public at its drop center as of Monday, July 1. Area residents will still be able to deposit cardboard in the large green collection bins located outside Curbie’s facility.
In a June 26 email to Xpress, Lawson noted that the service was “a private convenience recycling drop center” not supported by the city of Asheville, town of Woodfin or Buncombe County. “It was not economically feasible to maintain any more,” he said. (For more information about the local economics of recycling, see “WNC adjusts to shifts in recycling market,” Xpress, April 20.)
Lawson added that Curbie is still accepting all materials listed under the “What may I recycle?” listing on its webpage from city and county recycling programs. Members of the public can also drop off their recyclables at the Buncombe County Landfill in Alexander or the Buncombe County Transfer Station in Asheville, where they will be taken to the Curbie facility.
Buncombe County spokesperson Kassi Day said that the county had no changes planned for its own list of accepted materials. However, she noted, county staff members “continuously evaluate industry-wide demand for recycling goods.”