Remember late last year when we asked y’all what you wanted us to cover in 2021?One of the 21 questions we got was from reader Heidi K., who asked us to break down the recycling process in town. Naturally, I (Editor Brook) jumped at the chance to talk some professional trash, so I spoke with Curbside Management’s — a.k.a., Curbie— Nancy Lawson for the scoop.
Like many cities, Asheville focuses on “single-stream” recycling, which allows residents to deposit their recyclable materials into one receptacle without sorting it. There are three major businesses that offer residential and commercial recycling services here in the 828: Curbie, WastePro, and Waste Management. Curbie has a municipal contract with the City of Asheville and handles recycling for Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Fletcher, Weaverville + Woodfin. WastePro and Waste Management handle garbage pickup and recycling for residents of Buncombe County, who opt to pay the bizzes directly for the services. Those that don’t elect either of these services must handle trash and recycling on their own.
So, let’s go behind-the-scenes at Curbie and break down the process.
This is how it all begins at Curbie. I Gif by AVLtoday
Curbie is a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which means it utilizes both equipment + manual labor to get the job done. First up, trucks dump bags of mixed recyclables onto the warehouse’s floor. Then a loader scoops and pushes everything folks put in their recycling bin into a hopper and onto a conveyor belt (of which there are 54 total), where it heads to the pre-sort line.
Curbie’s “first line of defense” are the employees who do the initial pre-sort of mixed recyclables the company takes in. I Photo by AVLtoday team
Here, employees hand sort + removeeverything that doesn’t belong — when I visited, I saw things like cans, boxes, magazines, a suitcase + more. The worst offender? Plastic grocery bags, which aren’t recyclable and which can — and do, at least twice a day — damage equipment and shut the plant down.
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Brook here, and I’m going to make a bold claim: there may be no better time to visit America’s largest private residencethan spring, when the grounds + gardens are brimming with bold + brilliant blooms as far as the eye can see. Biltmore’s on-site exhibits (more on those later) only add to the thrill of being able to get outdoors, soak up some Vitamin D, and see some fabulous sightswhile maintaining social distancing protocols.
While there, I also got to learn about the benefits of being an annual passholder, like unlimited daytime visits to Biltmore year-round (and #ProTip: these are currently on sale through April 30). Here’s how my visit went, what I learned + how you can #TryThis.
Experience: Springtime at Biltmore as an annual passholder
What we tried (with pricing): I arrived at 11:30 a.m. on a picture perfect spring morning (think: sunshine, Cumulus clouds and temps in the high ’60s) and made my way to my favorite spots: the Conservatory, gardens, and trails. A major perk of being an annual passholder is that you can access the estate grounds for free all year long. Otherwise, daytime admission starts at $68.
Biltmore’s 6 formal gardens feature hundreds of thousands of flowers — including tulips, azaleas, daffodils, roses + more — and its exquisite Art in Bloom exhibition, which runs through May 27, is a gorgeous way to experience it all. (Another benefit of being an annual passholder? Watching the gardens + blooms change continuously throughout the year.)Ⓟ