Recycling and Energy

June 4, 2016 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

Cardboard is sorted at the TFC Recycling material recovery facility in Chester, Virginia. Making new products from recycled materials helps save energy and precious natural resources. A few facts: Cardboard Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy required to make new cardboard. The same cardboard can be recycled seven times. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 390 kilowatt hours of energy, 46 gallons of oil and over nine cubic... Read More

Household Hazardous Waste

February 25, 2014 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

Most people have household hazardous wastes in their homes: in basements and garages, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and in toolsheds. Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste. Examples include: Automotive fluids (antifreeze and motor oil) Category 1 liquids (oil based paints, solvents, thinners, stains, gasoline) etc. Pesticides and herbicides The CVWMA Recycling Wizard is an easy tool to... Read More

Green Holiday Guide

August 23, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Much of that excess packaging, paper and food ends up in a landfill. Modifying choices to create less waste can be easier than you think. Here are some ideas for the holidays — and all year long! Recycle right Keep holiday light strands and tinsel out of the recycling container. Reuse boxes as long as possible. Flatten... Read More

Special Event Recycling (Single day)

August 7, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

Recycling for special events is available through some local governments and private businesses. See the list of resources below. Please note that CVWMA does not provide collection or containers for event recycling. City of Richmond Event recycling containers are available for loan through the Clean City Commission. Submit the city’s application form, or contact Darlene Mallory-Jenkins at 804-646-8325. [/box] Other Locations Check with these private recycling haulers. TFC Recycling Meridian... Read More


August 7, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

Second to paper, yard waste comprises the largest volume of trash and takes up the most landfill space. Composting is a fun and easy way to keep this rich waste out of landfills and return organic nutrients to the soil without using commercial additives. In addition, the design of modern landfills prevents needed oxygen and water from mixing with organic waste, inhibiting natural decomposition. Below are general guidelines for creating... Read More

Christmas Tree Recycling

August 7, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

Recycling your real Christmas tree is a great way to go green for the holidays. Recycled trees are ground into a mulch product that is reused in the landscape. Programs listed below are offered by localities in partnership with CVWMA. Be sure to remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree. Use of each site is restricted to residents of the host locality.  2023-24 ASHLAND Set trees at... Read More

School and University Recycling Resources

August 7, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

CVWMA offers residential recycling programs only. However, access to recycling in schools and institutions of higher learning is also important. Private contractors throughout the region offer subscription recycling services for a cost. Here are a few companies to contact: GFL 804-843-9288 International Paper 804-201-2185 Meridian Waste 804-748-8324 Republic Services 804-222-7070 TFC Recycling 804-706-5877 The Benefits of Starting a School Recycling Program There are many advantages, financial and otherwise, an organization... Read More

Crayon Recycling

July 30, 2013 | Published by Nancy Drumheller

DIY Crayon Recycling Breathe life into old crayons! Recycling crayons at home is easy in the kitchen. All you need is old crayon pieces, a muffin tin or silicone mold, and an oven. Parent supervision is required, too. Here’s a how-to video from Emmymade Extras on YouTube.   Donate Your Crayons The Crayon Initiative is a nonprofit that aims to keep crayons out of landfills. Donated crayons are shared with... Read More