Letter: Recycle those newspapers

Graphic by Lori Deaton

I was eating lunch outside at The Fresh Market after a hike with folks from Liberty Bikes. I was dumbfounded as I watched a Mountain Xpress delivery guy bring the new weekly in and throw the old ones in the garbage can.

Along with one of the owners of Liberty Bikes, we fished them all out of the garbage can to be recycled. Mountain Xpress, I love the newspaper, and I know you all work hard, and I am hoping you will comment here on how to make sure your drivers are recycling the past week’s Xpress after delivering the new. Thanks.

— Roberta Greenspan

Editor’s response: Thank you for your input. We actively encourage our distribution team, most of whom are independent contractors, to recycle whenever possible. Unfortunately, there is not a public recycling facility at that location, nor is there one along the driver’s route to their final destination. Drivers are informed of the closest recycling facilities to their route and can bring old newspapers back to Xpress’ warehouse for recycling, which we have often reiterated to our team.



Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

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