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Recycling in Powhatan

Find out how and where to recycle various items

Powhatan residents can recycle at the Powhatan Convenience Center located at 2405 Mitchell Road. Click here for accepted items and fee information.

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Appliances (White Goods)

Appliances and white goods such as refrigerators, stove, washing machine. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. $20 fee applies for each appliance (airconditioner, refrigerator, etc) containing Freon (CFC or HCFC gas). This charge is to offset the cost of properly recycling this regulated material from the appliance. There is a $15 fee to dispose of stoves, washing machines and water heaters.

Microwaves, toasters, blenders, mixers, toaster oven, etc (smaller type appliances). Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event hosted by Powhatan Anti-Litter Council.

 

Automobile Fluids

There are no fees to recycle antifreeze, paint, oil and oil filters.

Antifreeze. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Diesel Fuel. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Gasoline. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Motor Oil. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area. Accepted items  include: motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, diesel fuel, gear oil, Aviation turbine engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel oil (#2, #4,#6)

Motor Oil Additives. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Oil Filters. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Other Auto Fluids. Recycle auto fluids such as transmission fluid, power steering fluid, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, jet fuel, diesel fuel and fuel oil (#2, #4, #6) at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Batteries

There are no fees to recycle auto batteries and rechargeable batteries.

Alkaline. Safe for disposal in your trash.

Lead acid.  Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. See telephone directory for addresses and phone numbers of Battery Barn, Batteries Plus, automotive supply stores or check yellow pages or search online.

Rechargeable. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center in the recycling area, home improvement centers, electronics retailers, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus.  See telephone directory for addresses and phone numbers of Battery Barn, Batteries Plus, ,home improvement centers, electronics retailers or other retailers or check yellow pages or search online.

Cartons

Recycle food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes, soup, wine, creamer, egg substitutes. Rinse and place cap back on the carton before placing it in your recycling container.

Clothing and Shoes

Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center by placing items in the Goodwill box  or resell at local consignment stores or donate to Salvation Army, schools, churches, etc. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations or consignment stores.

Electronics

Recycle unwanted electronics.

Cell Phones. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event hosted by Powhatan Anti-Litter Council, some electronics retailers, donate , or return to your cellular service provider.

Computers and Computer Accessories. Computer systems (hard drive, CPU, monitor),Computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.),Printers, scanners & copiers, Fax machines,VCRs & camcorders, Stereos, etc. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event hosted by Powhatan Anti-Litter Council or donate to charitable organization. Before donating a computer to a charitable organization (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army), find out if the organization has use for your particular model. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Televisions. Recycle at CVWMAspecial electronics recycling collection event (fees may apply)hosted by Powhatan Anti-Litter Committee  or donate working TV’s to charitable organization. Newer, operational items may be donatable to a charitable organization, but check first to find out if the item is desired.See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Stereos and VCRs.  Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event hosted by Powhatan Anti-Litter Council or donate to charitable organization. Before donating a computer to a charitable organization (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army), find out if the organization has use for your particular model. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Toner and Ink. Recycle with cartridge recycling companies or office supply retail stores. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of cartridge recycling companies or office supply retail stores.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars (no lids please). Recycle in drop-off recycling containers located at the Powhatan Convenience Center.

No other glass items accepted for recycling.

Lawnmowers

Drain fluids and recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Metal

Aluminum and steel cans ( no lids, please).  Recycle in drop-off recycling containers located at the Powhatan Convenience Center

Miscellaneous Metal. Contact Powhatan County  staff to see if they can recycle your metal items.

Oil

Fuel Oil (#2,#4, and #6). Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Motor Oil. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Accepted items include: motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, diesel fuel, gear oil, Aviation turbine engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel oil (#2, #4,#6)

Paints and Solvents

Latex paints. Not accepted for recycling. Reuse by offering larger quantities of left-over paint to neighbors, school drama departments, or county/city graffitti cleanup program.  Dispose by allowing paint to dry out and include in your regular trash or at a trash container located at one of the Powhatan Convenience Center. Accelerate drying by adding kitty litter, sawdust, or other absorbent material to paint in can. Or purchase paint-drying compunds at area home improvement centers or paint retailers.

Oil-Based paints and other Category 1 items. Recycle oil-based paints, varnish/shellac, stains and tints, lacqueer thinners, polyurethane, primers, paint redcuers, Varsol, mineral spirits, turpentine, other flammable solvents at the Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

Paper

Cardboard boxes. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center by placing at front of cardboard bailer. Please remove all plastic and trash, break boxes down.

Mixed Paper (such as brown paper bags, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, cracker boxes, cereal boxes, macaroni boxes, phone books, paperback *books, white office paper.) Recycle in drop-off recycling containers located at the Powhatan Convenience Center

No other type of paper items are accepted.

*Hardback cover books. Must remover cover and binding to be recycled. Or donate to local book exchange, charities, schools, churches, etc. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Plastics

NO PLASTIC BAGS, please. Recycle at local retail stores

Plastic bottles (#1 and # 2, narrow-neck only). Recycle in drop-off recycling containers located at the Powhatan Convenience Center

Can I recycle a motor oil bottle with a #2 on the bottom?

No. Motor oil residue has become one of the biggest contaminants for our plastics markets. The residue seeps into the porous plastic and cannot be removed through the washing process. Of course you should never try to rinse or wash a motor oil bottle yourself since motor oil down the sink or storm drain causes a much larger environmental crisis than a plastic bottle in the trash.

Save those containers to pour used motor-oil back in to for return to your local automotive parts store.

 

No other plastic items are accepted.

Propane Tanks

Propane Tanks. Recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Ask personnel at the facility where to place these items.

Tires

Used Tires. Return to retail location when new tires are purchased or recycle at Powhatan Convenience Center. Check with local staff for location in the recycling area.

The Powhatan Anti-Litter Committee hosts a Tire Amnesty Day annually.

Yard and Vegetative

Christmas Trees. Recycle at special Powhatan Anti-Litter Council collection held once a year at Yard Works.

Yard Waste (brush). Recycle at Yard Works, for a fee.

Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings). Compost at home or Recycle at Yard Works, for a fee.

 

Other Options

For additional options, please consider the following resources:

  • Earth 911: national online database of recycling and waste reduction resources organized by zip code
  • 1-800-Got-Junk?: national company that loads and hauls away unwanted items to recycling or waste facilities for a flat fee (check the telephone directory for similar waste hauling companies)
  • Junk King of Central Virginia: local company that provides turnkey junk removal services to residential and business customers in great Richmond region. They recycle at least 60 % or more of everything they pick up.
  • Car donations. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of local charitable organizations that accept car donations.