I have been in Asheville for nine years, long enough to witness accessible neighborhood recycling stations disappear.
The recycling station behind Westgate Shopping Center: gone. The recycling station behind Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Avenue: vanished. And the recycling station in the River Arts District: missing.
I do try to think of Asheville as a green and environmentally conscious town, but, in this case, we are not backing up our persona with easy access to bulk recycling.
If you think curbside recycling meets all of our recycling needs, just go to the Woodfin recycling station on Sunday evening to see an overflow of cardboard, bottle, cans, etc., strewn around the overfilled and glutted four recycling containers.
I have lived in towns — not at all touted for their “green” ethos, even some would say with less-than-progressive values — that have figured out how to have accessible recycling wisely distributed in targeted neighborhood or city sections.
I am sure this has its complexities and fiscal obstacles, but it does still seem like a foundational necessity in any environmentally conscious and responsible town. In its present state, however, and unfortunately, we seem to be “talking the right talk,” while not “walking the walk.”
— M. Chambliss