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 Verner Center for Early Learning. 

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


River Arts Recycling Center

Asheville Waste Paper:

304 Lyman Street 828.252.6963

Asheville, NC 28801


Edaco Car Recycling:

338 Old Lyman Street 828.253.1594

Asheville, NC 28801



The Buncombe County Landfill

81 Panther Branch Road

Alexander, NC 28701

(828) 250-5462

The landfill will take the following recyclables, in addition to many other forms of waste:

Locations that recycle used car batteries and motor oil:


Advance Auto Parts

3116 W State St.

Black Mountain, NC

(828) 669-5245

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.

Locations that recycle aluminum cans and other scrap metals:

Biltmore Iron & Metal Co., Inc.

1 Meadow Rd

Asheville, NC

(828) 253-9317


Asheville Metal Recycle

1444 Caribou Rd.

Asheville, NC

(828) 274-8337


Locations that recycle fluorescent 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:

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!



Locations that 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 


Batteries Plus

1863 Hendersonville Rd

Suite 131, Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 277-6776


Call to Recycle  

Find the recycling center nearest you by going to their website.


Goodwill Industries

Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm

Items they accept: