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Kiss Your Old Keyboard Goodbye!

Free Electronics Recycling Events, Nov. 15-16

Join for two free electronics recycling and document shredding events Nov. 15 at Lowe's in Portsmouth and Nov. 16 at the York County Sports Complex. The events will be held in conjunction with America Recycles Day and co-presented by VersAbility Resources. Residents and businesses may bring up to one pickup truck full of electronic devices to be recycled. In addition, safe and secure free document shredding will be available on-site courtesy of Stealth Shredding.

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

10 am - 2 pm

Lowe's Parking Lot

4040 Victory Blvd

Portsmouth, VA 23701

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

10 am - 2 pm

York County Sports Complex
4311 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA 23692

Electronics collected from the events will be taken to VersAbility Resources, where employees with disabilities will disassemble the equipment into various parts. From there, the equipment will be shipped to manufacturers that will re-use the working parts and repurpose the recycled goods into new products. What to bring? See below. What not to bring and other details? We've got that covered too.
What's accepted:
  • Cell phones
  • Circuit Boards
  • Computers/CPUs
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer peripherals (mouse, speakers, etc.)
  • Consumer electronics (DVD players, alarm clocks, etc.)
  • Documents
  • Electric cords and wiring
  • Fax machines
  • Home and office phones
  • Small household appliances
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Stereos
  • Telephone equipment
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
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Water: Now That's Something to be Thankful For!

We are so lucky to have water! Hampton Roads is blessed with miles of rivers, streams and oceanfront. But did you know there are also 12,000 miles of water and sanitary sewer pipes right beneath your feet? Three public water systems (stormwater, drinking water, sanitary sewer systems) are responsible for making sure that all this water runs smoothly and efficiently. Public water systems give you the opportunity to take a shower, quench your thirst, clean your car or water your yard.

Families in Hampton Roads are only paying between $17 and $58 per month for their water bill and between $24 and $63 per month for their sewer bill. Compare that with a typical family cell phone bill that can be as high as $200 and you'll see that water is a real bargain. So this Thanksgiving, be thankful for both the clean water in your local waterway and at your faucet. Learn more about how our public water systems work and what you can do to
 support clean water here in Hampton Roads.

Chart Source:  HRPDC, September 2013. Prices are based on representative data. Gym membership and cell phone prices are based on costs per household. Water and sewer based on 5000 gallons.

Is Your Kitchen Holiday-Ready?
It's hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. Before you dress the turkey, peel potatoes or whip up a batch of Uncle Al's spiced-up eggnog, make sure your kitchen is holiday-ready for the extra large meals you'll be preparing and the company you'll be sharing!
Avoid the Disposal.
Pumpkin pie scraps and potato peelings belong in the trash (or compost bin), not down the garbage disposal. Use a sink strainer to catch leftovers from plates and meal prep and you may just avoid a costly visit from the plumber to unclog your drain. (A penny saved is a penny spent at your favorite holiday retail outlet!)

Can the Grease.
Whether it's grease from the bacon you used to wrap around that delicious appetizer or turkey drippings in your roasting pan, use a heat-safe can to store the grease. Then, plop it in the freezer to cool and harden, and toss the can out with the garbage. Side note: If turkey frying is in your near future, make sure to read up on these turkey frying facts before you fire up the oil.

Brandish Your Bins.
It's not a secret that you recycle, so make sure your guests know where to toss their recyclables during their visit. Set up recycling stations before any holiday party, big or small.

For greener holiday tips and reminders, check the chatter at our  "Let's Talk Green"  blog! is a public awareness program of the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). Members include the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD).