How to Properly Dispose of Christmas Trees

Christmas trees will be collected by the city of Asheville according to the routine brush collection schedule. Trees should be placed by the curb on Monday. To find the collection schedule for your neighborhood, visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/find-your-trash-or-recycling-schedule/.

All lights, tinsel, ornaments and stands must be removed before placing trees out for collection.

Recycling Live Christmas Trees

Residents can drop off live Christmas trees for recycling at the the Buncombe County Landfill, 81 Panther Branch Road. The service is free during January.

Private yard waste facilities also will accept live trees for recycling.

Residents wishing to dispose of artificial Christmas trees must call 828-251-1122 to request collection.

What Qualifies for Recycling?

Artificial trees in good condition can sometimes be donated to local thrift stores and reuse shops.

Christmas lights may be recycled at a local scrap metal recycler like Biltmore Iron & Metal, 1 Meadow Road.

Residents can find out more about hard-to-recycle holiday items at ashevillenc.gov/AVLcollects.

Asheville GreenWorks will hold its first Hard-to-Recycle collection event on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the A-B Tech campus, 340 Victoria Road, in the parking lot across from Fernihurst Mansion.

State’s Signature Cocktail Makes Top 50 List

Although North Carolina’s Cherry Bounce fell to next-door neighbor Tennessee’s iconic Jack & Coke as Americans’ favorite cocktail to toast the New Year with, it still makes for a stellar choice.

The survey by RecoveryFirst.org, a leading alcohol and addiction treatment facility, conducted a survey of 3,373 drinkers and compiled a ranking of the signature state cocktails they will be toasting with this upcoming New Year’s Eve.

North Carolina’s Cherry Bounce emerged as the country’s 26th favorite drink to toast the New Year with in 2022. The Tar Heel State’s signature drink is actually also the official cocktail of its capital city, Raleigh. The Cherry Bounce is a combination of cherry vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and club soda, topped with a cherry to garnish.

Each state has a signature drink to which it remains loyal, from the spicy Moscow mule favored by those in Connecticut to the classic Kentucky Derby mint julep to the ever-popular hurricane that is synonymous with New Orleans.

North Carolina’s Cherry Bounce emerged as the country’s 26th favorite drink to toast the New Year with in 2022. The Tar Heel State’s signature cocktail is actually also the official drink of its capital city, Raleigh. The Cherry Bounce is a combination of cherry vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and club soda, topped with a cherry to garnish.

In the 50th and final position was Arkansas’ Cynthiana wine.

“Of course, as they are sweeter, cocktails are usually more pleasant on the palate as compared to drinking straight shots of spirits. However, that’s where the danger lies. Other ingredients like juice or soda can mask the taste of strong alcohol in cocktails, which makes them more potent because it’s much easier to drink more of them. Before you know it, after a few cocktails, you might end up more unsteady than you’d think. This, among many other reasons, is why it’s advisable to keep an eye on the number of drinks you’re having,” noted the survey.

Retired Engineer’s Death Ruled Line-of-duty Death

The North Carlina Industrial Commission has ruled AFD Engineer Jim Knoupf’s death from cancer as a line-of-duty death.

Knoupf died Aug. 31, 20 years after his retirement.

The decision is historic as it is the first time that a North Carolina firefighter’s death has been ruled in the line of duty without their cancer diagnosis occurring while they were an active firefighter.

A statement issued by the city of Asheville Fire Department read, “This is a big victory for our department and the NC fire service, especially our retirees.”

The release continued, citing, “Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to research by the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).”

Cancer awareness and prevention is Asheville Fire Departments’ highest priority. The department has a robust Health and Wellness program with a heavy focus on cancer prevention. AFD has unfortunately been greatly impacted by significant health issues among its members.

“[The data] serves as a huge catalyst to continue our goals of enhancing our efforts to purchase items and to develop guidelines that will continue to assist in cancer prevention,” the release stated.

Food Lion Feeds Local Families

Food Lion, with the help of its customers, is helping food-insecure families though the holidays with its Holidays Without Hunger campaign, which raised enough support to provide more than 6.6 million meals during the Christmas season

Customers purchased nearly 1.1 million Holidays Without Hunger boxes and donated more than $87,000 to help fight hunger during an unprecedented holiday season.

Specially marked, pre-packed Holidays Without Hunger food boxes cost $5. The boxes of food were then donated directly to 33 local Feeding America-member food banks. Customers also made cash donations at the register.

The campaign ran from Nov. 10 to Dec. 14.

Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country.

“Far too many of our neighbors are being forced to make difficult choices this holiday season between things like gas and groceries, and dinner and rent,” said Kevin Durkee, manager, Food Lion Feeds. “Nourishing our neighbors in the towns and cities we serve is core to everything we do. This was our largest Holidays Without Hunger campaign to date, and we’re excited that so many customers joined us to help fight hunger and make a difference in their local community.”

Share Your Experience With the Reappraisal Process

Do you own your home or property? Have you ever appealed or considered appealing the value of your house?

Buncombe County has launched a short survey to gather homeowner input. As community members, your feedback on the reappraisal process can provide valuable insight to questions and concerns for the Committee to consider.

In September 2021, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners established an Ad Hoc Reappraisal Committee after hearing resident concerns following the 2021 Reappraisal. The goals of the Committee center on three areas – identify homeowner concerns about the reappraisal process; provide guidance for future assessments; and equity concerns.

To take the survey visit https://publicinput.com/W0551.

All feedback will be compiled and shared with the Committee, county staff, the public and the Board of Commissioners.

To follow the Committee’s progress, visit engage.buncombecounty.org/reappraisal.

Public Comment

Next up is a second public comment session scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The Committee will hear public comment followed by a presentation of national trends from Larry Clark, director of strategy and innovation at the International Association of Assessing Officers.

To register for the comment session, visit https://engage.buncombecounty.org/K6456.

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