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Recycling Knowledge Gets Put to the Test

May 21, 2024 | Published by Julie Buchanan

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 | Published by Julie Buchanan

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

What Do You Love About Recycling?

February 14, 2024 | Published by Julie Buchanan

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 | Published by Julie Buchanan

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 | Published by Julie Buchanan

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

Central Virginia Recycled 57.9% of its Solid Waste in 2021

January 24, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

The residents and businesses of Central Virginia recycled 57.9% of their solid waste in 2021, according to data compiled by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority. The regional recycling rate was the highest among the 17 agencies required to report on a yearly basis, according to the Virginia Annual Recycling Summary Report. The region recycled 699,618 tons in 2021. “We are proud to report that CVWMA’s member jurisdictions achieved the... Read More

Recycle Real Christmas Trees Throughout Central Virginia

December 29, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Contact: Julie Buchanan, 804-612-0557 or jbuchanan@cvwma.com RICHMOND, VA — Many CVWMA member jurisdictions are offering free Christmas tree recycling. A list is available at cvwma.com/cvwma-education/christmas-tree-recycling/. Programs are open only to residents of the sponsoring locality. All trees must be free of ornaments, lights, tinsel and hardware prior to drop off. See special instructions for each facility. Most will recycle the trees into mulch. Real Christmas trees can also be composted or... Read More

Nature’s Free Mulch

December 8, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

By the time December rolls around, fall color is waning in Central Virginia. The leaves that bestowed on us the scenic patchwork of the season have fallen, prompting people to pull out the rakes and leaf blowers. We spend considerable time, money and energy removing leaves from our yards — in some cases, we’re sending them straight to the landfill. However, leaves are anything but waste. Virginia Cooperative Extension Master... Read More

Why We Must Properly Dispose of Batteries

July 14, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

A truck operated by a CVWMA contractor recently caught fire. The culprit? Lithium-ion batteries someone threw in their household trash. Fortunately, the driver acted quickly, and no one was hurt. Many batteries are serious fire hazards in waste and recycling streams. When crushed, they can spark or explode, leading to fires inside truck bodies or in recycling facilities. Never place a battery in residential or drop-off recycling containers. Metals in... Read More

Fourth of July Holiday 2022 To Delay CVWMA Collections By A Day

June 30, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

For information, contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Coordinator, jbuchanan@cvwma.com or 804-612-0557 RICHMOND, VA — All CVWMA collections next week will be delayed by one day because of the Fourth of July holiday. There will be no collections on Monday, July 4. Trash pickup in Ashland, 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... Read More