Where to Recycle in WNC
You may be surprised to learn that recycling at Warren Wilson goes way beyond our campus community. WWC set up one of the first drop off centers in Buncombe county in 1988, and the first drop off center in Swannanoa. But we didn't do it without any help. On this page you'll find many recycling resources that will further educate you and help you educate others. Recycling is a massive industry in the United States and it doesn't really get the attention it deserves. We urge you to check out the sites below and get involved with recycling and recycling education.
We regret to inform the public that the Warren Wilson Recycling Center is only available to Warren Wilson students, faculty and staff living ON CAMPUS. We service all dorms and WWC buildings, as well as residents living on North Lane, Cabin Hill, Northwest Lane, West Lane, Southwest Lane, College View Dr, and Daisy Hill Rd. We also service the North Carolina Outward Bound School office and the Mountain Area Child and Family Center.
If you are not an on-campus student or a resident of the streets listed, this is where you can learn where to take your recycling. Our operation is simply too small and costly to handle the world's recycling! We hope you understand our situation. Keep the dream alive and recycle at one of these fabulous facilities:
Recycling Drop-off Centers:
Buncombe County Transfer Station
190 Hominy Creek Road
Asheville NC 28806; (828) 250-6205
Curbside Management Materials Recycling Facility
116 N. Woodfin Avenue
Woodfin, NC; (828) 252-2532
Behind Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
675 Merrimon Ave
Asheville, NC 28804
River Arts Recycling Center
1 Roberts Street
Asheville, NC 28801
85 Panther Branch Road
Alexander NC 28701
The landfill will take the following recyclables, in addition to many other forms of waste:
- Recyclables in blue bags
- Newspapers, cardboard, or magazines prepared for disposal in accordance with the Solid Waste Department Policies
- Household hazardous waste prepared in accordance with Solid Waste Department Policies: Only on Fridays 9AM-3PM.
- Electronics recycling: Only on Fridays 9AM-3PM
- Tires (maximum of four) 10 per year
To recycle used car batteries and motor oil:
1407 Us Highway 70 W
Black Mountain, NC
Many auto parts stores and mechanics will take your car batteries and oil. We suggest you call ahead and see if they take it before you bring it.
To recycle aluminum cans and other scrap metals:
Biltmore Iron & Metal CO Incorporated
1 Meadow Rd
Asheville Metal Recycle
530 Lyman St
Asheville, NC 28801
To recycle flourescent bulbs (even if they're broken) :
Beginning July 1, 2007, Buncombe county citizens can drop off their old fluorescent light bulbs (compact fluorescent light (CFLs) and the standard tube fluorescents) at the following volunteer fire departments for recycling:
- Beaverdam VFD
- Black Mountain VFD
- Enka VFD (both stations)
- Fairview VFD
- Reems Creek VFD
- Riceville VFD
- Skyland VFD
- Swannanoa VFD
- In the City of Asheville, Station 2 on Livingston Street and Station 11 at Rocky Ridge Road near Biltmore Square Mall accept bulbs as well.
It is especially important to take these light bulbs to an appropriate recycling center as they have mercury inside them, which is very dangerous to the environment.
Check out the Buncombe County website for more information.
To Recycle electronics:
- Buncombe County holds electronics recycling collection each Friday at the landfill on Panther Branch Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The following items are collected: fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, telephones, stereos, televisions and cell phones. Contact Buncombe County Solid Waste at (828) 250-5460 for more information.
- 339 Old Lyman St. Bldg #4, Asheville, NC 28801
- They take all recycling with no quantity limitations at no charge. The only exception to that is televisions and printers - they will only accept those items if they can be carried by one person, and charge a $6.00 fee for recycling.
- Hours of Operation
- Monday - closed
- Tuesday - Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
- Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
1863 Hendersonville Rd
Suite 131, Asheville, NC 28803
Find the recycling center nearest you by going to their website.
Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm
Items they accept:
- Computer Monitors (up to 21", with glass intact)
- Desktop Computers
- Notebook Computers
- Fax Machines
- UPS Systems
- Networking Equipment
- Mice & Keyboards
- Computer Speakers
- Digital Cameras
- Cell Phones
Another great resource is the Warren Wilson Greening Crew. The Greening crew has created a "Green Living Guide" to help students understand how to live more sustainably. It has great tips for not just college students, from what kind of computer monitor is better for the environment to how to reduce waste by what you purchase.