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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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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 [...]

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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 and a free serviceberries harvesting/cooking [...]