Recycle more stuff

Curbside Management Inc., the company contracted to pick up recyclables within the city of Asheville, is expanding the materials it will take off your hands.

Plastic bottles, previously limited to types 1 and 2, will now be accepted through number 7. The company stresses, however, that the bottles must have necks that are narrower than the bottle.

Also new to your green bin are aerosol bottles.

In all cases, make sure the bottles are empty and caps are removed.

Got questions? Go here, or see the press release from the city below, which notes both new materials that can be recycled and others which are still not recycled.

Brian Postelle, staff writer



November 28, 2007

City of Asheville Sanitation Division

Contact: Wendy Simmons

(828) 259-5857


The City of Asheville is adding two new materials to the curbside recycling collection program.  All plastic bottles and empty aerosol cans will now be accepted for recycling. Residents can successfully recycle both new materials by placing them in their green bin and by following these simple guidelines:

Aerosol Cans
• Empty aerosol cans
• Remove plastic tops

Plastic Bottles
• Remove caps and discard
• Rinse
• Flatten to conserve space
• Look for two characteristics of plastic bottles that are recyclable:
• Neck of bottle or an opening smaller than the base (or widest part).
• The number 1 through 7 inside the recycling symbol (a triangle of three chasing arrows).

The following plastics will not be collected:
• Bottle caps or tops.
• Antifreeze, pesticide, motor oil or other hazardous material containers.
•  Containers that are not bottles, such as deli or yogurt containers, margarine tubs, or flower pots.
• Plastic bottles that are not marked with a recycling symbol.
•  Prescription bottles.
• Plastic bags of any type.
• Plastic wrap.
• Styrofoam.

If you have any questions regarding recycling, please contact Curbside Management at 252-2532.


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9 thoughts on “Recycle more stuff

  1. xvelouria

    I echo Edgy Mama’s comment… Yay for Curbside Management! I actually felt kinda guilty everytime I accidentally bought a plastic bottle that wasn’t #1 or #2… but why can’t they recycle yogurt or margarine tubs? I’m a yogurt fiend and hate throwing the containers away all the time… maybe I should find a creative use for them. :)

  2. Johnny

    xvelouria… don’t mean to threadjack here, but what about purchasing a yogurt container so it can live out its natural life in a warehouse sanctuary somewhere? Those yogurt containers represent baby calves being killed — day in and day out.

  3. “Those yogurt containers represent baby calves being killed — day in and day out.”

    And proud we are of all of them.

  4. travelah

    What do you tink happens to most “recycled’ waste (other than paper and metals)?

  5. travelah

    If yogurt eaters paid any attention to how poorly yogurt farmers treat their ‘lil yogurts they would be disgusted with themselves.

  6. Johnny

    big momma-poppa stoneyfields have it good compared to the little guys. word.

    no play for lil yoplait.


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