The recent Regional Food Waste Summit at Warren Wilson College provided a forum for Western North Carolina nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions and individuals to hash out the realities of the local food waste conundrum.
From the Get It! Guide: A close look at the trash collected in Asheville was shocking — 26 percent of our waste is compostable matter, 18 percent is recyclable and 56 percent is true waste, fit only for the landfill. With the city alone producing over 22,000 tons of trash a year, what is the cost of all that waste. And what is it going to take for us to reduce it?
Why invest in local energy? That’s like asking why choose a local, organic apple over a Snickers bar. Sure, they’re both sweet and satisfying, but the candy, packed with additives and produced industrially by a large corporation, has long-term health consequences — few of them good. Buying the locally grown apple, on the other hand, […]
Backyard gardeners have been doing it for decades: composting eggshells, apple peels and other food wastes, reducing their solid waste stream in the process. But what about large-scale local food services?
Bring your tired, your poor ol’ mattresses to the Buncombe County Landfill. The Solid Waste folks out there have come up with a way of keeping them out of the waste stream and taking up our limited landfill space.
A group of camera-toting travelers breezed through Western North Carolina recently, but they weren’t looking to capture stunning Parkway views. Instead, they took a whirlwind tour of our local dumping grounds.
An uninspiring pile of construction-and-demolition debris sits waiting to be covered with dirt at the Buncombe County landfill. A closer look reveals chunks of brick, shingles, twisted sheets of metal, plywood, gypsum board and other materials — about 80 percent of which could be recycled, observes General Services Director Bob Hunter, surveying the rubble. That’s […]