Hard-to-recycle event comes to East Buncombe Sat. Sept. 15th

Press release

from Rainbow Recycling

The rotating quarterly Hard-to-Recycle Collection returns to East Buncombe on Saturday, September 15, 10am – 2pm, at the Swannanoa Ingles lot on Hwy 70, near ACE Hardware.

Once again it’s your chance to free up some space in your closets, garage and office while helping the environment. Combined with the efforts of all recyclers, you’ll ultimately help save
or add jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industry, too! If your items are among those accepted for reuse, you will be reducing waste in a most immediate way!

What can you recycle at this event? Hard plastic (buckets, flower pots, resin lawn furniture, plastic toys, etc.); books (all kinds), cardboard; electronics (sorry, no TV’s, $6 fee for CRT’s),
printer cartridges, batteries (all sizes and types), Styrofoam and packaging (no grease or tape; sorted and bagged separately); small appliances, metals, wire; unusable clothing & fabric (clean
and dry, stains OK).

Items accepted for reuse include good condition, clean and dry coats, towels, sheets & blankets (Swannanoa Christian Ministry); pet and animal sanctuary items – cat carriers, dog
crates, leashes, collars, cat and dog toys; rakes, brooms and watering cans (Animal Haven); prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids (McCune Center Assisted Living); and plastic gift and
credit cards (Trash, Inc. Creative Reuse Center).

Please note we are NOT accepting paint or hazardous material, fluorescent bulbs, TV’s, audio and videotapes; food service Styrofoam, upholstery or insulation foam; or garden hoses.

There is something new at this particular hard-to-recycle collection as well – the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry will be collecting non-perishable food items for its program to help the
hungry in the area. Please bring an item or two with you.

This ongoing program of quarterly events for Buncombe County had its debut in Swannanoa last fall. From its modest yet successful beginning – trucks and vans were packed that day
and “thank you” echoed repeatedly – the Hard-to-Recycle Collection has grown in size and participation. Regardless of which area this event has been hosted, folks from all corners of the
county came out to take advantage of these special opportunities.

Over two tons of plastics, over one ton of metal, and two fully packed moving vans plus several cargo vans of electronics have been saved thus far from burial in the landfill. In addition, that
same fate has been spared for several 20’ truckloads of Styrofoam and well over three full-size pickups of other packaging material (given to artists and shipping stores for reuse). Add to that
the pickups and vans filled with bags and boxes of other donated items … and we’re talking about a whole mountain of stuff!

So whether you drive through (welcoming volunteers to unload your vehicle) or park and walk your items to the appropriate “station”, you can leave “lighter” having reduced your clutter, kept
the environment cleaner and safer, and also feel happier, having helped local businesses, organizations, school and artists at the same time.

To see snips of last year’s East Buncombe event, go to the Asheville GreenWorks YouTube Channel and view the video “Hard to Recycle Event 2011”.

The major sponsors for all quarterly Hard-to-Recycle Collections are Rainbow Recycling, Asheville GreenWorks, Curbside Management, E-cycleUs, and Trash, Inc. Creative Reuse
Center. For this East Buncombe event, Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) join as local co-sponsor. Local co-sponsors are sought for each of the rotating collections.

For the full list of items with important details (including vendor contact numbers if you have particular questions), pick up a flyer at the Black Mountain Visitor Center, Black
Mountain Library, request a copy via email (info@rainbowrecycling.org) or find the posting on www.ashevillegreenworks.org. If severe weather necessitates cancelling this event on
September 15, it will be rescheduled on Saturday, September 22, same time (10am-2pm), same location (Swannanoa Ingles lot near ACE Hardware, Hwy 70).

Join in the spirit of the “community coming together” by bringing a non-perishable food item, listed recyclables or reusables, and if you have a little time, helping as a volunteer! Assistance
is needed before, during and after the event; if interested, call Gail at 298-0538. For general questions, contact Rainbow Recycling at 669-5459 or info@rainbowrecycling.org.


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