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Call For Recycling Bins Downtown

Updated: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 07:10 AM EST

Asheville is known for being a green city, but some say there is always room for improvement. Local businesses owners want to start a recycling program in downtown. They've created a Facebook page, Recycle Asheville,  to drum up support. The group wants to see city council start a downtown recycling program by next year.

Ty Hallock says he got the idea for a downtown recycing program five  years ago. He says a recycling program seems obvious in a sustainable city like Asheville and wants city council to have a bin on every block by 2014.

"Looking toward the future, we would like this to be Green City USA. A beacon for other people to be looking at Asheville and say they've really taken some steps in sutainability," said Hallock.

Asheville already has a recycling program for homes and businesses. Now Hallock hopes to drum up enough support to draft a formal proposal for downtown.

Franzi Charen says Asheville's Business Improvement District has also tossed around the idea of recycling.

"Everything we have going is in a sustainable direction. Recycling would reflect that idea," said Charen.

Click here to go to Recycle Asheville's Facebook page.

Follow Emma Wright on Twitter @wright_emma

Call For Recycling Bins Downtown

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