Special Collection for Hard-to-Recycle Items:  First Rotating Quarterly Recycling Collection for West Buncombe

Rainbow Recycling is collaborating with Curbside Management, Asheville GreenWorks, E-cycleUs and Trash, Inc. Creative Reuse Center to sponsor a special recycling collection on Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10am-2pm at Aaron’s (Park Terrace Center) at 1298 Patton Avenue, Asheville.  A wide array of hard-to-recycle items – those not accepted in your regular curbside recycling – will be collected at this event along with a few other select items.  Some articles will be given or made available to those who can reuse them, such as packaging, flower pots, towels and blankets (animal care) and eyeglasses.

This event is an opportunity to responsibly dispose of that abundant and troublesome material –Styrofoam.  Rainbow Recycling and Postage Express will happily take it along with other packaging material (bubble wrap, air pillows, foam sheeting, paper) for reuse or recycling.  All packaging items must be sorted and bagged, free of tape, glue and grease.

NOT taken – Styrofoam food service containers or upholstery, insulation or colored foam.

Needing to rid yourself of those bulky plastic objects such as lawn furniture, yard toys, buckets and garbage cans?  Curbside Management will be on site to help you out.  Flower pots will be available to local growers and gardeners for reuse.  Curbside will also be collecting hardback, paperback, and phone books and cardboard.

E-CycleUs will accept your electronics – computers and related equipment and accessories, audio/video equipment, and all small batteries.  There is a $6.00 handling fee for TV’s and CRT monitors.  Other items will be channeled into recycling fundraiser programs.  Isaac Dickson Elementary PTA will take small handheld electronics (cell phones, PDA’s, iPods and iPads, e-readers, MP3 players, digital cameras and chargers); Francine Delany New School for Children and Rainbow Recycling will benefit from collected printer, copier, and fax cartridges.  In addition, Asheville GreenWorks will accept CD’s and DVD’s for recycling.

Individually bagged CFL’s (no fluorescent tubes) will be taken by Lowe’s.  Rainbow Recycling will collect small appliances for recycling (no oil-filled radiator-type space heaters).  Trash, Inc. will take other metals and wire for reuse or recycling as well as plastic gift cards and old credit cards for artist reuse.

Unusable clothing and fabric will go to ABCCM (Asheville-Buncombe CommunityChristian Ministry) for their recycling fundraiser while towels and blankets will get reused by Asheville Humane Society in their care for animals.  This shelter will also take small stuffed animals (non-pellet) and baby teething rings, and cat/dog toys and crates.  Useful in their work and also accepted at this event are empty cardboard shoe boxes, plastic storage bins, spices, beef and chicken bouillon.

Prescription eyeglasses (in any condition) will be given to The Optical Shoppe for reuse in “The Gift of Sight” program.  Your used cooking oil will be gratefully accepted by The Cooking Oil Recycling Program for conversion to biodiesel fuel by Blue Ridge Biofuels.

Please note that this event runs for just four hours – 10am – 2pm.  No early or late drop-offs; accepting listed items ONLY.  For your convenience, there will be two options available – “park and drop” (easy if you have few, easy-to-carry items) and “drive-thru” (helpful if you have large quantities, bulky/heavy items; volunteers will assist).

For general questions, contact Rainbow Recycling, (828) 669-5459,info@rainbowrecycling.org, before June 9.  If you have specific questions about accepted items, please contact the appropriate vendor (see flyer posted onwww.ashevillegreenworks.org) or request by e-mail from Rainbow Recycling.  More volunteers are needed; if you would like to help at this event (two hour shift for set-up, collection, or closing), contact Gail at 298-0538.

The next Hard-to-Recycle Collection in this program will rotate back to East Buncombe in early September. Please carefully consider your purchase and disposal choices so that our children and grandchildren will have the resources they need and a clean environment for their lives.

Rainbow Recycling was awarded a 2012 Spotlight Award for the Hard-to-Recycle Event from the Carolina Recycling Association at its annual conference at the Grove Park Inn in March.


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