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Recycle More, Trash Less in 2014

A Resolution for Us All

While we resolve to make improvements in our personal lives this New Year, one resolution that would benefit us all is to "recycle more, trash less" in 2014. Recycling reduces waste to our landfills, creates jobs, saves resources, conserves energy...the benefits are profuse! So get recycling Hampton Roads, and let's make 2014 a little less trashy! (Pardon the pun, we couldn't help ourselves.)

Make It Easy.

Convenience is key when it comes to recycling. Place multiple bins around your home. You may have one large bin, but you can place smaller containers in your kitchen, office, bedroom, garage, etc.  Then on recycling day, empty them all into the primary bin for collection. Don't have access to curbside recycling? Check with your locality to find a convenience center near you.

Make It Count.

Recycle right! is a short list of items that always make the cut: flattened cardboard, mixed paper (junk mail, newspaper, office paper, cereal boxes, etc.), glass bottles and jars, aluminum/steel/tin cans, and #1 and #2 plastic bottles with necks or spouts. Note: Plastic bags and wraps can be recycled, just not through the curbside collection process, so make sure you drop them off in the proper receptacle on your next trip to the grocery store.

Close The Loop.

Always look for products made with recycled content when you shop to keep the cycle going. Did you know that half of all the polyester carpet made in the United States is manufactured from recycled plastic bottles? In fact, many of the products we use daily are, or can be, made out of recycled materials: paper, pencils, shoes, clothes, bags, plastics - the possibilities are endless!

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Commit to Your Community in 2014

There's nothing stronger than a community of people dedicated to making their neighborhood or city a better place! Consider one of these special programs offered by as a way to get involved in 2014 and help make Hampton Roads a little greener this year.

Storm Drain 

Medallion Program

Ideal for schools, community services groups and even local businesses, this program brings awareness to stormwater pollution by explaining that storm drains lead straight out to waterways and are not a place for dumping unwanted waste. We provide the storm drain medallionsyou donate your time to adhere the medallions to storm drains in your city. With a little help from you we can let everyone know that only rain should go down the drain!

Pet Waste 

Station Grant Program

The Pet Waste Station Grant Program makes scooping the poop easy and convenient. Pet waste is a major source of water pollution in Hampton Roads, so it's important that it gets cleaned up. We will provide a FREE pet waste station to neighborhood associations, property managers and civic organizations that are willing to install and maintain the station. Supplies are limited, so apply today! 


Environmental Education Mini Grants

Teachers are always looking for creative ways to inspire their students, and  wants to help! Our environmental education mini grants are geared towards schools and organizations that work with children from preschool age all the way through high school. The catch? Your project must address one of the major environmental issues in the region such as recycling, water conservation or water pollution. We have great project ideas and will award up to $500 per project/classroom per year.

Don't Forget to Recycle Your Tree! 


Most Hampton Roads localities recycle natural Christmas trees by turning them into mulch. The mulch can then be used in public green spaces throughout your community to help conserve water, control erosion and beautify these shared spaces.  Just remember, trees should be free of any ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and of course, no fake trees allowed! Collection dates and drop-off locations for each locality can be found online at  Find out how to recycle your tree now!

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at 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).