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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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Backyard composting

Feed the landscape, not the landfill with fun and sustainable backyard composting.

Find a recycling location

View an interactive map of recycling locations where certain items may be taken in person for recycling.

What can I recycle?

Learn about what items can be recycled in the City of Asheville, and how to prepare them for pickup.

Sustainability News

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Serviceberry season accompanied by cooking workshop, plus launch of online Asheville Edibles Map

    Residents invited to participate in Asheville Edibles initiatives this spring   Serviceberries are ripening now — making it a perfect time to learn how to cook with them! In partnership with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to unveil a crowd-sourced Asheville Edibles Map […]

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Energy Innovation Task Force announces cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant

Community partners also honored   The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential […]