Grow Smart CLT


With 50 people moving to Charlotte every day it's critical that we grow smarter. To help, in 2018 we launched an event series called Grow Smart CLT. These fun yet informative events explore the multiple challenges that Charlotte faces due to our rapid increase in population and how these can be overcome through smarter growth.

We are excited to announce that our Grow Smart CLT event series will return in 2019 on the second Wednesday of every other month from 6-8 p.m. See the event dates below.

Save the date for our next event happening November 13 from 6-8 p.m. Our topic will be on recycling! More details to come soon!

Tickets will be available soon! Thanks to the generosity of Mecklenburg County Solid Waste, this event will be complimentary for all attendees. Interested in becoming a member to attend all the events for free? Click here.





The Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management Program serves all residents within the County by operating the Materials Recovery Facility to process curbside recycling, receiving over 400 tons of recyclables each day. The County Solid Waste Program also operates 4 Full Service Drop Centers that process most every disposal item that you might have. These sites are open 6 days each week and handle standard waste disposal needs, along with special handling areas for TV’s, household electronics and household hazardous wastes like paints and pesticides.

The County has teamed with the City of Charlotte to ‘Spread the Word’ regarding Recycling Right. This is important, because many improperly recycled items clog the separating machinery at the MRF and can hurt workers. Also, it is very expensive to pay to separate these items from true recyclables, then pay to dispose of them in a landfill. This improper recycling costs Mecklenburg County over $1.4 Million each year. We are also at the mercy of manufacturers who make products out of ‘hard-to-recycle’ items. So, we need your help to get the word out about Recycling Right for the items that you have.





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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2019 GROW SMART CLT EVENTS! And click the link for the event recap!

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  • Jennifer Clark
    commented 2019-03-13 15:03:17 -0400
    Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you so much for letting us know about your concerns related to the event cost. It’s a new format that we’re trying this year to help us cover the cost of putting on the events. We do offer a low-income ticket option that is free of charge, which people can use if the cost is a burden.

    The 2030 Transit Plan however, is a public document and can be found here:

    I hope you’re able to join us tonight, but if you can’t make it I understand!

  • Jonathan Bazin
    commented 2019-03-13 13:27:52 -0400
    It costs money to learn what our city leaders are planning ? That’s vaguely.. balogna sauce.