What do you get when you take about 50 hard-working volunteers, an under-used parking lot on Patton Avenue, half-dozen trucks and a couple of dumpsters, and mix it with a beyond beautiful West Asheville day in January?
Well, your mileage may vary, but Asheville Greenworks and its dedicated partners in landfill reduction pulled off a successful “Hard To Recycle” event.
Homeowners from all over west Buncombe brought the leftovers of their lives to be separated into base elements. Computers of all description and type. Broken patio furniture. Plant containers. And Styrofoam, lots of Styrofoam. Batteries, televisions, old makeup containers, sets of encyclopedias and used cooking oil. All cheerfully accepted and sorted into the right truck, dumpster or pile by volunteers.
“This is a great turnout, I love these people,” said Eric Bradford of Asheville Greenworks of the volunteers. “They come out here, get dirty, carry heavy stuff… they are awesome. The fact is, we could not do this without them.”
Asheville Greenworks schedules one such event per quarter. “We try to move it around town, our next one is downtown on Charlotte Street,” said Susan Roderick executive director of Asheville Greenworks. “Today is a great day for this.”
Also indispensable to the effort are the businesses that partner with Greenworks — the people who take the stuff collected. Rainbow Recycling, Curbside Management, E-cycleUs, Trash Inc, and Creative Reuse all divert items from our landfill every day. Nonprofits Asheville Humane Society and Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry accepted items for donation, towels and blankets for the animals, clothing and appliances for the needy.
The streams of stuff continued throughout the lovely afternoon, the trucks filled up and the volunteers ate pizza. By evening the parking lot was back to its lonely self and tons of material had been diverted from the landfill.
If you would like to volunteer for a future event, contact Asheville Greenworks through their website.
The next event will be Sat. Apr. 13 at the Asheville City Public Works lot on Charlotte Street.
Eric Brafford hands a keyboard up to the E-cycleUs truck.