Place fall leaves in eco-friendly paper bags for collection by Asheville Sanitation

To the residents of Asheville who have used paper bags for their fall leaves in recent years, we say thank you and keep up the good work!

We encourage everyone to follow their example.

Paper bags cost about the same as plastic bags. They are compostable and more ecological. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little hassle as possible for you, our residents.

Thank you,

City of Asheville

Question: Why use paper bags for collecting leaves?

Please leave all bags open while awaiting collection.

Reply: The city of Asheville began to encourage the use of brown paper bags for leaf collection after a local vendor confirmed to the city that they are compostable and therefore their use is a more sustainable practice on the site. environmental plan.

Collecting the leaves in paper bags also saves a lot of time for the sanitation staff. This helps the sanitation department save money and provide a more efficient service to our taxpayers.

It is estimated that 10,000 tonnes of brush and leaves are collected each year within the city limits. The use of biodegradable materials is a best waste management practice.

Many cities across the United States require paper bags for collection. So far, the City of Asheville encourages (does not require) their use.

Question: Where to find them?

A: Paper leaf collection bags are available at local hardware and hardware stores as well as many grocery stores. You can also buy them online. Please be sure to buy bags without plastic liners.

Question: Aren’t paper bags more expensive?

A: They are comparable in price to other options. For example, you can find a pack of eight 30 gallon bags for as little as 39 cents each.

Question: Won’t the paper bags disintegrate if it rains?

A: Although these bags are very durable, rain can affect them. If this happens, sanitation workers will still pick up your leaves, using a shovel to pick them up.

Question: What can you put in paper bags?

A: Only the leaves and small twigs should go in the paper bags. Garden and yard waste such as vines and branches of trees or shrubs should go to the curb for brush collection. No lawn mowing please.

Question: If I don’t want to use bags, can I use a container instead?

A: Yes! Please label your container “leaves” so that our sanitation workers clearly understand that it contains leaves.

Question: How else can I dispose of my sheets?

A: Compost them at home! Composting eliminates the drudgery of bagging leaves. In addition to the leaves, you can compost a large part of your kitchen waste.

Compost improves your soil and helps retain water. Use it in flower and vegetable gardens, around trees and shrubs, and on houseplants and lawns.

So feed your landscape, not the landfill. For tips on composting, visit this link.

Do you want more information?

Please visit the City of Asheville Sanitation webpage. You can also send your questions by e-mail to [email protected]

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