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In Asheville, GreenWorks' Hard 2 Recycle Events Make for a More Eco-Friendly Move

Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle

Moving is never an easy task. The to-do list in preparation for the undertaking can be long and laborious. Keeping the environment in mind when planning a move may be the last thing you want to worry about, but it’s easier than you think. Doing little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use, like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam. Additionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Recycling AshevilleAsheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Founded in 2011 by Rainbow Recycling, the free events bring to the public an awareness of alternate modes of recycling in Buncombe County. Held five times throughout the year (four events around the county and one central event in downtown Asheville), Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill.

Working with various community businesses to recycle or repurpose discarded items, Hard 2 Recycle will accept everything from electronics, appliances, Styrofoam and packing peanuts to furniture, hardware, plumbing, rolls of chain link, even cooking oil. Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

If you’re planning to move, taking advantage of the next Hard 2 Recycle event – either to avoid moving unnecessary items, or to properly dispose of any hard-to-recycle packing materials you may use in the move – is just one way of applying an eco-friendly approach to the task. Here are some other ways to do so:

·     Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle  Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. You can get creative with moving containers as well. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double duty when transporting possessions.

·       Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

·       Moving your belongings yourself, in piecemeal, may seem like a good idea, but the back-and-forth car trips can tax the environment. Instead, leave the job to the movers on your designated moving day, and concentrate on packing efficiently so as to minimize the number of boxes they’ll need to transport.

For more information about Asheville or about real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. 

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Moving in Asheville: 10 Tips for Green Spring Cleaning and Moving



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Thinking of selling or buying a home in Asheville?  Put quite simply, homes that are de-cluttered and clean sell more quickly.  The problem is, we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff through the years, making moving a messy and potentially wasteful process.


Mosaic Realty is a  supporter of the urban environmental conservation organization, Asheville Greenworks.  We have collaborated with them to bring you a resource guide for cleaning your home ahead of this spring moving season while keeping the environment in mind.  




Here are 10 items that can be hard to dispose of when you are moving and a solution for what you can do with them in  Asheville.


Getting ready to move.... Declutter!


1. Bedding


Clean out those linen closets!  Brother Wolf, a local animal rescue organization,  gladly accepts donations of used bedding to create a comfortable environment for the pets up for adoption.


      2.  Cooking Oils


Cooking oils can easily clog up your home's plumbing and the city sewage system.  Asheville Greenworks and Blue Ridge BioFuels have partnered to provide locally-made recycling bins for used cooking oil.  They are placed throughout Buncombe County.


     3.  Electronics, Scrap Metal and Batteries


Biltmore Iron and Metal Company, in Biltmore Village, uses environmentally safe procedures and will recycle many metals.  Check their website for details.  They also accept white goods and appliances, including stoves.


      4.  Gently Used Books


Consider paring down your book collection and making a donation to our local book mobile,  Snake, Rabbit and Snail or get store credit at Mr. K's Books in East Asheville.  


      5.  Working Appliances, Furniture, and Building Materials


Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity gladly accepts these items for use in their Re-Store.  Call to schedule a pick up at (828) 254-6706.  


      6.    Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)


These energy efficient light bulbs can be recycled after use at the Buncombe County Landfill or Lowes and Home Depot stores.  If you have some that you are no longer using but still have life in them, consider donating them to a favorite charity for use in their organization's space.


      7.  Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters, and Empty Propane Tanks


Cleaning out the garage?  Inevitably, you will find containers of oil.  Advanced Auto and Autozone provide free recycling for these potentially environmentally harmful products.  Biltmore Iron and Metal will take your empty propane tanks.


     8.  Plastic Flower and Planting Pots


If you are unable to reuse these yourself, Home Depot and Lowes will both accept used flower and planting pots.


After the move.....Asheville Green Works recycling moving guide

 9.  Moving boxes


After moving, we are often left with mountains of cardboard boxes.  Although moving boxes can be recycled with curbside waste management in Asheville, you can repurpose them by breaking them down then layering them in your yard under a bed of mulch to keep weeds down.


  10.  Styrofoam Peanuts and Bubble Wrap


Open Box Moving  Solutions provides a service to help recycle these pesky styrofoam peanuts.  For drop off details, check out Asheville Greenwork's  Hard 2 Recycle Collection.  UPS and Fex-Ex stores will also accept bubble wrap and packing peanuts.


We wish you luck with your green spring cleaning. Please let us know if we can help you find a home in Asheville or get the most for a house you are selling in Asheville.


For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.


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Source: Asheville GreenWorks