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The City of Asheville has a strong record and long standing commitment to sustainability. The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 to integrate sustainable design, technology, and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure and services.  The Office of Sustainability is responsible for incorporating City Council’s Strategic Goals and City Resolutions pertaining to sustainability within the organization. The City remains a leader in sustainability across North Carolina, the southeast and the nation. The City continues to lead by example in carbon footprint reduction and climate resiliency. We are proud to have earned status as Bee City, Climate City and Tree City, USA. The City is proud to stand by the Paris Climate Agreement and are committed to meeting its goals.

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Dispose of large, seasonal or unusual items

Information about disposing of large or unusual items such as furniture, household hazardous waste, or appliances. As well as instructions for brush, leaves, or Christmas trees.

Recycling guidelines

Information on what can be recycled, how to prepare items for collection, and composting.

Sustainability News

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Asheville recognized for Blue Horizons project in national climate awards

  Asheville’s Blue Horizons Project earned the City an Honorable Mention in the Mayors Climate Protection Awards announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Honolulu today.   Mayor Esther Manheimer is a participant in this climate consortium made up of mayors across the nation.   The Blue Horizons Project works to reduce the region’s peak [...]

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City of Asheville to release climate change resource guide and share renewable energy initiative findings

  Resource information Find information page about climate resilience initiative here. The Climate Resilience Resource Guide is posted on that page. Here is a direct link. Find information about the 100% renewable energy initiative here.   Original post: Interested in local energy and climate issues? Come to the City of Asheville’s Climate Resource [...]

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City of Asheville partners with GreenWorks for neighborhood recycling education campaign

  Are you “recycling right?” We’ve all had that moment when we’ve gotten confused on what the City of Asheville accepts and does not accept in the Big Blue recycling bins.   Getting it right is important and here’s why: As a city, our contamination rate is on the rise. Where we were previously at a 5% contamination [...]