Despite its name, Regional Recycling Solutions (the new solid-waste recycling facility proposed for West Asheville along Hominy Creek) is a big step backward for recycling here in Western North Carolina.
This facility would accept 80,000 tons per day of mixed-waste garbage from households and industry, from which recyclable paper, plastic and metal would then be separated.
Two problems: One, paper soiled from being mixed with organics/garbage would be unusable for paper mills that accept post-consumer paper, and two — the bigger problem — it would discourage people and businesses from separating out their recyclables, for which so much progress has been made in the United States over the past 20 years.
The Buncombe County Board of Adjustment is having a hearing at noon on Wednesday, June 17, at 30 Valley St. in downtown Asheville, to decide whether to issue a conditional use permit to this proposed facility, which would then give [the] N.C. Department of Environmental Resources the green light to issue the necessary permits for the construction of this facility.
Is this really a step forward for recycling? Definitely not.
— Bill Chalk
Editor’s note: The Buncombe County Board of Adjustment has changed the date of the meeting to consider Regional Recycling Solutions’ conditional use permit to noon on July 8 at 30 Valley St. in downtown Asheville.