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HR CLEAN and Hampton Roads' Localities Celebrate America Recycles Day, November 15, 2010

HR CLEAN and Hampton Roads' Localities Celebrate America Recycles Day, November 15, 2010

By Lisa Hardy,

Environmental Planner

On Monday, November 15th, Americans will celebrate the 13th annual America Recycles Day! America Recycles Day is coordinated by Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.

Recycling is an easy way to make a difference for our environment.  According to the National Recycling Coalition, recycling benefits our air and water by reducing major air and water pollutants.

Recycling facts:

  • Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  • The energy we save when we recycle just one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling 35 percent of our trash reduces emissions equivalent to taking 36 million cars of the road


HR Clean

This year’s theme for America Recycles Day is “I Recycle.” Organizers across the country will make this proclamation and will encourage others to do the same.

For information online, visit www.americarecyclesday.org to find an online pledge, a challenge for active recyclers, downloadable resources, social media tools, and an event database. 

See the list of local events below that are brought to you by the member localities of HR Clean, an advisory committee to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.


Pledge to Recycle.  In Chesapeake, from November 15 through November 25, citizens are invited to go to the City’s WEB site at www.cityofchesapeake.net to pledge to recycle.  One name will be drawn to win a $100 U. S. Savings Bond—courtesy of the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council (CEIC).  Then all of the Chesapeake entries will be forwarded to the Virginia Recycling Association for a chance to win:

  • One Youth Prize:  One youth under age of 18 will win a new bike (value $250) and a $250 Environmental Grant for your school.
  • One Adult Grand Prize:  $500 gift card to Greenhome.com
  • 10 Other Prizes:  Official I Recycle t-shirts


Electronics  Recycling.  In addition, the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council (CEIC) is encouraging all schools to register to participate in the Harris Teeter Together In Education – Engaged Recycling program at http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/engaged_recycling.aspx.Opens in new window
Visitors to the website learn about recycling small electronics, and can sign up to recycle their own small electronic. Harris Teeter will mail a label and padded envelope to the individual, and the individual then simply mails the item to be recycled in the postage paid envelope.  Harris Teeter will pay for each item recycled, with the recycler given the choice of either receiving a Harris Teeter gift card or donating the money to the school of their choice.  Schools must already be registered with the program in order to be designated to receive the money.

For more information,

call 382-CITY or the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council at 382-6411, or go to www.cityofchesapeake.netOpens in new window or http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/engaged_recycling.aspx.Opens in new window


The Hampton Clean City Commission is sponsoring a Tour de Recycling Facility of the TFC Material Recovery Facility in Chesapeake on Friday, November 18th, 9 a.m. to noon.  This adults-only tour is open to all Peninsula residents, but preference is given to Hampton residents.  To register, go to the registration form at www.hampton.gov/hccc/ww_form.phpOpens in new window.   Participants must be able to climb stairs.  Closed-toed shoes are required.  For more information, contact the Hampton Clean City Commission at hccc@hampton.gov  or 727-1199.

Newport News

A Household Hazardous Waste and e-cycling Collection is scheduled on Saturday, November 13th, from 9 a.m. to noon at Gildersleeve Middle School, 1 Minton Drive (near Todd Stadium).  The collection is open to Newport News residents only, and no commercial waste will be accepted.  This event closes at noon, and no items can be accepted after that time. Collections are scheduled quarterly.
Students may participate in Project Learning Tree activities and classroom presentations year round.  Sessions are designed to teach children about the triangular recycling symbol and the “closing the loop” practices – Recycling, Buying Recycled, and Source Reduction.  A classroom speaker from the Recycling Office is available to Newport News schools by appointment.

Adopt-A-Spot cleanups are conducted year round to keep roadsides and other areas of the city clean and attractive.  Volunteers throughout the community form groups to “adopt” a location and pledge to pick up trash and other debris in designated areas at least four times a year. Many areas of the city are still available to adopt.  

To contact the Public Works Recycling Office for details on any of these events or volunteer opportunities, please call 269-2700, or visit www.nngov.com/public-works/swOpens in new window to learn more about how you can benefit from participating in local recycling programs.


Over 500 pledges were received from Norfolk households to participate in the annual “Cash for Trash” contest as part of America Recycles Day.  These households have made a commitment to: recycle at home all year long; place only acceptable items in their blue carts; take reusable shopping bags to the store; recycle their electronics; and tell a friend about recycling. From this group of pledges, 16 have been drawn at random and are being visited during the weeks leading up to America Recycles Day.  If they are recycling on their designated collection day, they will be awarded $100 in cash.  This popular program has helped to heighten awareness about recycling in Norfolk.  It also supports the City’s newest recycling marketing campaign, Recycle Right Norfolk!  For more information, go to www.recyclerightnorfolk.orgOpens in new window, or call Keep Norfolk Beautiful at 441-1347.


America Recycles Day marks the beginning of the 2010-2011 Plastic Bag Recycling Drive in Suffolk Public Schools. The drive is sponsored by the City of Suffolk, the Suffolk Clean Community Commission, and Trex, Inc. The drive will culminate on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.Participating schools will be placed into two groups – “Group One” includes the elementary schools and “Group Two” includes the middle, high, and alternative schools. Trex will award a bench made of Trex materials to the school in each group that collects the most bags per capita, taking into account the student population in each building.


The City of Williamsburg’s Green Team is sponsoring a friendly challenge to recognize the efforts of City Businesses in making Williamsburg a greener community. Earlier this month, the City received a Platinum Award in the 2010 Virginia Municipal League (VML) Green Government Challenge.  The City’s Green Team, made up of employees from all departments, decided to continue the momentum by creating their own challenge.  Businesses who meet the criteria of the Green Business Challenge will be recognized at the Williamsburg City Council Meeting on Friday, November 12, 2010. They will also receive recognition on the City’s website and a window cling to display. 

In order to be eligible for the Challenge, a business must be physically located within the City of Williamsburg and operate under an active Business License.

The application consists of a simple form with a variety of green actions. To qualify, businesses need to check off at least 12 activities they’re currently doing in any or all of the following areas:  Waste Reduction, Energy Conservation, Transportation, Recycling and General/Staff Education.

The form is available at www.williamsburgva.gov/greenbizchallengeOpens in new window and can be completed online or downloaded and faxed to the City. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 5, 2010.

Businesses with questions or needing more information, may contact publicworks@williamsburgva.gov or call 220-6140.  You can also visit the City's Historically Green site, www.williamsburgva.gov/greenOpens in new window.

York County

On Saturday, November 13th, the York County Beautification Committee will have recycling information and a pledge station at the Market Days at the River at Riverwalk Landing. Completed pledge cards will be forwarded to the Virginia Recycling Association to be included in their drawing to win a prize in one of two categories. Youth will be entered to win a new bike (value $250) and a $250 Environmental Grant for your school. Adults will be entered to win a $500 gift card to Greenhome.com

York County is also holding a Household Chemical Collection event at the EDS Operations Center on Goodwin Neck Road. Pledge Cards will be available at this site as well.

Residents who are unable to attend event are encouraged to visit www.americarecyclesday.org to pledge your commitment to recycle!

About HR Clean: The HR Clean Committee is part of a regional education campaign. The Hampton Roads Clean (HR Clean) Education Committee, www.hrclean.org, is a regional coalition of 15 cities and counties. The Committee promotes proper litter disposal, recycling and area beatification.


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