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What to know about Asheville’s updated yard waste ordinance

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A girl and her grandfather raking leaves.

The City of Asheville will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags.

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Beginning tomorrow, Aug. 1, City of Asheville residents will no longer be permitted to use plastic bags for leaf and yard waste collection. Why? It’s part of an initiative to reduce single-use plastic in the 828.

Here’s what to use instead:

  • Paper yard waste bags
  • Reusable containers marked “Yard Waste”
  • Heavy duty woven polypropylene yard waste bags

Pro tip: Composting your leaves is a great way reduce collection resources + improve your backyard’s soil and garden beds.

What happens if you keep using plastic