What is the truth about recycling in Asheville?

ASHEVILLE – Today’s burning question explores how plastic is recycled in Asheville and if some others are destined for garbage disposal! Do you have a question for a man’s answer or a woman’s answer? Email Interim Executive Editor Karen Chavez at KChavez@citizentimes.com and your question may appear in an upcoming column.

A question: I recently read that it’s expensive to sort plastic that doesn’t actually get recycled, so it’s best to put these items in your regular trash and landfill. What’s the truth about that here in Asheville? How much plastic is recycled (to any number in the little triangle), and does the sanitation department prefer to put things with higher numbers in trash cans?

Answer: If you look in your kitchen for plastic items, and turn them over to check the bottom, you’ll likely find a slightly raised badge—a number inside the triple recycling symbol, which indicates the type of plastic the material was made from. The numbers range from 1 to 7. It’s very common, and easy to miss.

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