On Aug. 3, Jordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment presented N.C. National Guard Field Management Station No. 1 with the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award, given annually to just nine individuals, teams or installations from Army operations across the country.
“I’m an old lady who has lived all over the U.S. and always had trash collection at my house, and never has the service been as bad as I’ve had in Asheville.”
“How did Waste Pro get a 10-year contract? Who, at the Buncombe County administration made that decision and why, in view of constant complaints?”
“Most amazing is Gatlinburg’s pioneering waste processing plant, which attracts observers from around the world and turns the idea of recycling on its head.”
Asheville recycled 590 pounds of trash per household per year in fiscal year 2016-17, the highest rate among North Carolina cities. But when you throw your commingled recyclables in the blue bins, where do they go? How does single-stream recycling work? Does it work? Xpress takes an inside look.
“I’ve had an opportunity to get to know Sheneika during this year’s campaign, and she is the real deal.”
“It seemed that the whole world was at war, and the tiny river kingdom of Asheville was neither exempt from the traumatic effects nor absent in playing an important integral part in its prosecution.”
‘I wish Asheville would make providing recycling for renters mandatory. … I’m sure many of the thousands of renters who do not now recycle would if it were convenient.”
“There ought to be more than one recycling center to serve a city our size, but here’s another idea — how about extending city curbside recycling to the many apartments and condominium communities here in Asheville?”
‘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.”
IFBA’s recycling program, begun in 2011, has been limiting its impact on the environment. Last year, the program kept roughly 536,000 pounds of reusable materials out of the landfill and created two full-time positions at its plant in the process.
It’s a motion we hardly have to think about: The arm swings back, then forward, and the discarded item arcs toward the trash bin. It’s almost as easy as breathing. But what if it cost more the more times we tossed? Would we start thinking twice before throwing something away? Despite exhortations to live sustainably, […]
“We all need to pay attention and help recycle what we can in an intelligent manner.”
Partners of Regional Recycling Solutions are, legally, stuck between a rock and a hard place. By county standards, their application must first be approved by NCDENR. But RRS cannot gain approval from DENR without first receiving approval from the county — trapping the company in a paradoxical loop of permitting problems.
Even though his organization is called Friends Against Butts, make no mistake, Rowdy Keelor wants your butts. Cigarette butts, that is. An Asheville environmentalist and host of Asheville FM’s “Best Day Ever,” Keelor and three others founded the venture earlier this year with the goal of recycling as many cigarette butts as possible
Local company Regional Recycling Solutions has big plans to open a recycling center, using “green” European technology, on Pond Road near Enka. But residents and members of the community take serious issue with not only the facility being built in their backyards but the consequences that truck-traffic on the winding roads could bring. A public hearing for the facility will be held on July 8 at noon, 30 Valley St., in Asheville.
“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.”
Through the organization’s Water Quality Internship Program, six interns are learning how to test water quality in local streams. But that’s only the beginning, as the interns will also work as educators and advocates, raising awareness of environmental concerns in the public housing developments near the streams.
The first group of students in Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new sustainability studies program may be small, but the fruits of their research might eventually have a big local impact. Based at the Asheville campus, the new master’s degree program requires students to complete a “capstone” project combining graduate-level research with real-world conditions and needs. This spring, […]