Author Archives for Julie Buchanan

Changes are Coming to Hopewell’s Trash Program

May 28, 2024 4:14 pm Published by Comments Off on Changes are Coming to Hopewell’s Trash Program A new contractor begins service July 1, meaning collection day changes and new trash containers for every household. Town hall meeting is Monday, June 3. HOPEWELL — The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority is preparing to roll out a new program for residential trash pickup in the City of Hopewell. Starting July 1, WM (Waste Management) will take over weekly trash collection in Hopewell. This will be through a competitively procured contract between CVWMA,... Read More

Recycling Knowledge Gets Put to the Test

May 21, 2024 10:03 am Published by Comments Off on Recycling Knowledge Gets Put to the Test Glen Allen High School student Lydia Crouch had been curious about recycling for a while. When it came time to select a topic for her AP Research capstone project, she decided on recycling education and how one’s level of schooling might affect their knowledge of what can be recycled in a residential program. CVWMA was proud to partner with Crouch as she developed the questionnaire for the study. Following her... Read More

Tips for a Zero-Waste Cookout

May 21, 2024 9:12 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for a Zero-Waste Cookout Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. What’s a better way to unwind than a summer cookout? We know: A cookout with less waste. There’s less to clean up! Plus, there’s less cost in the long run. Here are some ways you can have a zero-waste cookout: Give guests a heads up. In your invitation, tell guests upfront you’re striving for a zero- or low-waste cookout. Encourage them... Read More

Reuse at Robious Elementary

March 27, 2024 2:59 pm Published by Comments Off on Reuse at Robious Elementary Third-graders at Robious Elementary School in Chesterfield County recently put the 3R’s (that’s reduce, reuse, recycle) into action with a book swap! Each student brought in a book to be swapped for another. Teachers placed the books on cafeteria tables so students could browse and select a book to take home. “This activity was the culminating activity for our Earth’s Resources science unit,” third-grade teacher Julia Preusser said. “We connected... Read More

The 5W’s of Sustainable Materials Management

March 7, 2024 7:37 pm Published by Comments Off on The 5W’s of Sustainable Materials Management What is sustainable materials management? Sustainable materials management is a systematic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their life cycles. The emphasis is not only on using less, but on using materials to their fullest extent. The concept may sound complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The graphic above depicts one version of a sustainable materials management hierarchy, which ranks strategies from most to least environmentally... Read More

Batteries Power Modern Life. Know How to Manage Their End of Life.

February 17, 2024 4:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Batteries Power Modern Life. Know How to Manage Their End of Life. Batteries are such a part of our lives that they have their own day on the calendar. February 18 is National Battery Day. Each U.S. household contains an average of 8.4 devices that run on rechargeable batteries. Perhaps the most popular is the lithium-ion battery found in our smartphones, laptops, tablets, toys and other devices. Lithium-ion batteries store a large amount of energy in a small space. When these batteries... Read More

What Do You Love About Recycling?

February 14, 2024 4:28 pm Published by Comments Off on What Do You Love About Recycling? For Valentine’s Day, we asked our newsletter subscribers what they love about recycling. We received 116 responses. Here are some of our favorites: James, Colonial Heights: Peace of mind knowing less waste going into landfills, and material is being reused. Marcus, Henrico: I love that I get to reduce my carbon footprint, reduce my contribution to the landfill, reduce the amount of waste I produce, and I love that it... Read More

A Small Church With Much To Give

January 22, 2024 2:32 pm Published by Comments Off on A Small Church With Much To Give The Clothes Closet at Biltmore Baptist Church provides free clothing to those who need it. Gently used clothing can be placed in a box in the parking lot anytime of day or night. Biltmore Baptist Church in Glen Allen is diverting thousands of usable items from landfills through its mission to feed and clothe people in need. In 2023, the church Clothes Closet alone gave away an estimated 50,000 pounds of... Read More

Want To Go Plastic-Free? These Richmonders Published A Book To Help You.

January 22, 2024 12:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Want To Go Plastic-Free? These Richmonders Published A Book To Help You. Jacob Sequeira and Kassidy Coleman of Richmond, Virginia, are A Better Impact. The married couple combines their creative talents to share their journey to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. They recently published their second book, “Pretty Much Plastic-Free.” It’s packed with hope for the future and realistic tips regular people can follow. CVWMA emailed A Better Impact some questions about the new project. Q: Why did you decide to focus on... Read More

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2023 12:26 pm Published by Comments Off on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town, Not a bit of recycling was left on the ground; The carts were lined up at every curbside, In hopes that a green truck soon would arrive; The Amazon boxes lay flat in the bins, While plastic bottles and cans were rinsed clean for the win; And mamma in her yoga pants, and I in my sweats, Had just settled... Read More