A task force set up in September by People for Clean Mountains (PCM) has continued to work on gathering information and developing plans to increase recycling in Transylvania County. The group met for a second time in late October to discuss information gathered.
One focus of the group is recycling of paper in the downtown Brevard and Pisgah Forest Post Offices. Marshall Karesh and Selina Schecroun have taken the lead in coming up with a plan in collaboration with the post offices for recycling paper. They have also volunteered to pilot taking the paper to the convenience center in Pisgah Forest.
We are awaiting permission for this pilot project and if it’s approved a call will go out for volunteers to help. If you do patronize the post offices, we encourage you to take your waste paper with you and recycle it until such time as the post offices take responsibility for recycling it.
Downtown recycling has become a big topic of conversation and both Kim Provost and Ann Hollingsworth have been active in discussions with Josh Freeman and other city officials about ways to improve downtown recycling. Professor Robert Cabin’s class at Brevard College is currently doing a survey for Josh of the downtown merchants to evaluate the interest and needs of merchants.
If you are a downtown merchant please fill out the survey! Downtown recycling includes merchant recycling, pedestrian recycling, and event recycling. All of these areas are being evaluated by the city. If you would like to encourage recycling downtown let your local officials know.
Through Laura Jensen, a member of the task force, we have also developed a contact with the Program Manager for the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Elizabeth Jackson. Elizabeth has already given us some great ideas.
The 24th Annual Carolina Recycling Association Trade Show is March 31 – April 3, 2014 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. PCM representatives hope to attend this show and the task force will be talking about the possibility of an exhibit at the show. Stay tuned for more information about this convention.
If you are a recycling business seeking to increase or expand your recovery efforts the Recycling Business Assistance Center has just released a request for proposals for the 2014 Recycling Business Development Grant program. Information about the program including application forms can be found at:
Grants of up to 40,000 dollars with a 50% cash match of the grant total are available and 690,000 dollars has been committed. It would be great if some of this money could flow to Transylvania County in the form of improved/increased recycling business activity.
PCM sees recycling as a win-win for Transylvania County. The benefits include increasing the life of the landfill, creating jobs, saving money and resources through reuse, and as this task force has demonstrated in a short time – developing community collaborations that strengthen us.
For more information, visit the Recycle Transylvania group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RecycleTransylvania/ and People for Clean Mountains website: http://peopleforcleanmountains.org/