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Upcycled Art Shines at Artspace

February 8, 2023 | Published by Julie Buchanan

From afar, the exhibition “Memoir and Mirrors” at Artspace Gallery resembles a wall-sized rainbow, but a closer look reveals 257 individual arrangements of little upcycled objects, each on their own 6-by-6-inch canvas. Sandhi Schimmel Gold has been creating the assemblages for years using almost any material she has on hand. Much of it has personal meaning — the beads and rhinestones belonged to her mother and grandmother, who were jewelry... 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

The 2023 Curbside Recycling Calendar is Here!

December 29, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

⇒Download the calendar CVWMA serves single-family homes and multi-family developments of four or fewer units with curbside recycling in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and parts of Goochland and Hanover. Click the Locations tab above for details about service in each locality. Look up your collection day or see if you’re eligible for service. For a list of what to recycle and what to keep out of... Read More

Recycle Real Christmas Trees Throughout Central Virginia

December 29, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Contact: Julie Buchanan, 804-612-0557 or RICHMOND, VA — Many CVWMA member jurisdictions are offering free Christmas tree recycling. A list is available at 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

CVWMA Collections on Regular Schedule Through Holidays

December 21, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

RICHMOND, VA — Recycling and trash collections through Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will be on regular schedule through the holidays. There will be no holiday delays Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, or Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Customers should monitor in case of inclement weather or other updates. The CVWMA web tool is available for customers to look up their collection days or report service issues. CVWMA serves the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and... 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

Thanksgiving Holiday to Delay Some CVWMA Collections

November 18, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Coordinator, 804-612-0557 or RICHMOND, VA — There will be no CVWMA recycling or trash collection on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. Blue Thursday recycling will be collected on Friday, Nov. 25. Blue Friday recycling will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 26. In Petersburg, Thursday and Friday trash collection will move to the following day. View CVWMA’s full 2022 holiday collection calendar at # # #

Learn, Act and Share on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15

November 10, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

CONTACT: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Coordinator,, 804-612-0557 RICHMOND, VA — The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority is proud to support America Recycles Day. Recognized annually on Nov. 15, the day is meant to encourage everyone to be mindful of their consumption habits, reduce waste and recycle properly. CVWMA is a governmental agency that coordinates recycling and solid waste management services in 13 localities. Each is a member of the... Read More

November 15: America Recycles Day

November 3, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

  CVWMA is proud to support America Recycles Day, a yearly initiative of Keep America Beautiful. You can support America Recycles Day, too! Take the pledge. It’s all about educating ourselves and encouraging each other to: Be mindful of what we consume. Reduce our waste. Reuse what we can. Recycle right. This year’s theme is focused on the economic impacts of recycling, the jobs it creates and the natural resources... Read More

This Henrico Church Ministry Wants Your Plastic Grocery Bags (and Unused Fabric)

September 1, 2022 | Published by Julie Buchanan

Deb Farlow, left, greets Dorcas Daughters members at the West End Assembly of God during a Thursday gathering. Would you believe that a cute and functional handbag could be made from . . . plastic bags? Yes, those plastic bags. The ones we’ve been collecting for ages in our kitchens and garages. The Dorcas Daughters ministry at the West End Assembly of God are repurposing these plastic bags into mats,... Read More