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Thrift-O-Ween: Let Creativity Run Wild with a Thrifted Halloween Costume

October 18, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

The Halloween rack at Rumors Boutique goes on display in September. Spending on Halloween costumes in the U.S. is expected to reach $4.1 billion this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. That’s more than any other year in the survey’s history. Discount stores remain the top source for costumes, followed by specialty Halloween stores and online retailers. While those places may offer convenience, there are downsides.... Read More

Richmond Recycles: What I’ve Learned as a CVWMA Board Member

October 6, 2023 | Published by Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall represents the City of Richmond on the CVWMA Board of Directors. This article was part of a series that appeared on RVAHub.  Have you ever wondered how your local recycling authority works, how it’s set up or why you can’t recycle certain materials? Well, consider today’s feature a CVWMA 101 course. I’ve always been down with the circular economy. I had to be. Growing up, my dad was... Read More

Cross-Cultural Connection: Recycling in Barranquilla, Colombia

September 20, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Silvana Puello speaks to school children in Barranquilla, Colombia, as part of the city’s “Recicla por Baq” program. We say it often: No two recycling programs are the same. For example, material accepted in CVWMA’s recycling program might not be accepted in programs in Northern Virginia or Hampton Roads. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn how recycling works a little farther afield — in Barranquilla, Colombia. This came about... Read More

Labor Day 2023 To Delay CVWMA Collections By One Day

August 28, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

RICHMOND, VA — All CVWMA collections next week will be delayed by one day because of the Labor Day holiday. There will be no collections on Monday, Sept. 4. Trash pickup in Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg will move to the following day. Red Week recycling collections also will move to the following day. Collections normally scheduled for Friday will occur on Saturday. To view holidays that will impact... Read More

11 Tips for Waste-Free Lunches

August 11, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

If the kids are heading back to school, or you’re simply a grownup looking to go green, consider the ways you can reduce waste from school and work lunches. Small changes can make a big difference for the environment — and the wallet. 1) Choose a reusable lunch box or bag. Skip paper bags. 2) Ditch plastics that are meant to be used one time and then thrown away. We’re... Read More

Repurposing With A Purpose

August 11, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Henrico Community Food Bank Executive Director Sudeshna Das-Menezes (left) and Program Manager Lynn Williams. What’s green, has two handles and is perfect for storing boxes, cans and jars? The CVWMA recycling bin, of course! The Henrico Community Food Bank is reusing 20 of the old bins to collect shelf-stable goods for its mobile food pantry. Henrico County provided the containers, which were among those residents returned after the recent distribution... Read More

8 Steps to Turn an Old Recycling Cart into a Composter

July 13, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

This article was contributed by Chesterfield resident Beth Rodgers, a certified Master Gardener and Master Composter. Wondering what to do with your green recycling container if no longer used for CVWMA recycling? Give it a new role in recycling by using it as a composting system! Composting organic waste (which means living or previously living material) makes an important contribution to the environment by reducing the methane gas that is... Read More

Fourth of July Holiday to Delay Some CVWMA Collections

June 28, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

RICHMOND, VA — Some CVWMA collections will be on a one-day delay July 4-7 due to the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no collections on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Trash pickup in Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg will slide to the following day. Blue Week recycling collections also will slide to the following day. Collections normally scheduled for Friday will occur on Saturday, July 8. A self-service tool... Read More

Reuse & Refill: 3 Zero-Waste Shops to Know

June 14, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s been the mantra for years. Many of us are in the habit of recycling. We toss cans, bottles, cardboard and more into a container that is regularly emptied for us. The material is then recycled into new items, often through a chemical process. When it comes to the age-old concepts of reducing and reusing, however, we’ve had a tougher time adapting. Blame it on the... Read More

CVWMA Collections on Regular Schedule June 19-23

June 13, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

For immediate release | Contact: jbuchanan@cvwma.com or 804-612-0557 RICHMOND — CVWMA curbside recycling and trash collections will be on regular schedule during the week of June 19-23, 2023. There will be no schedule changes for the Juneteenth holiday. Blue Week recyclers should have containers out by 7 a.m. on their collection day. Trash collection in Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg will proceed as normal. An online customer service tool... Read More