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Join Us for America Recycles Day, Nov. 15!

America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 15 by participating in one of the many recycling education and collection events happening across the region. No matter where you live in Hampton Roads, there's an America Recycles Day event near you!


Each collection location will be accepting unwanted electronics like computers, cell phones, DVD players/VCRs and stereos (but no TVs, please). Additional items will be collected at each event, but accepted items will vary by location and may include household hazardous waste collection, document shredding, plastic bag recycling and donation of unwanted household items like clothes, shoes, furniture and kitchenware. Limit is one truckload per person. For a complete listing of what will be accepted at each location, visit our America Recycles Day page.


Special thanks to our event partners Goodwill, Shred-It and VersAbility Resources for helping us inspire Hampton Roads residents to recycle more, trash less for America Recycles Day--- and every day!

Turn-of-the-Season Tips from

As fall turns into winter, turns its thoughts to hearth, home and how to make the approaching season easy on the environment. To follow are some helpful reminders to sustain you from Thanksgiving through the New Year and beyond!

Make a good first impression. With company coming, you'll want to have a tidy yard so be sure to collect and/or bag your leaves and have them ready for municipal pick up. Leaves that are raked or blown into the street can ultimately end up in the storm drain, causing street flooding. Once the leaves enter the storm drain and begin to decay, they release nutrients that contribute to excess algae growth in waterways.

Keep a fat-free drain. Holiday cooking can leave behind a big fat mess. Make sure to keep leftover foods out of the kitchen drain and garbage disposal to avoid a back-up in your sink. For proper disposal, throw food scraps in the trash or compost them, and use a paper towel to wipe your dirty dishes before washing. As for standing grease or cooking oil, pour it in a heat-safe can, pop it in the freezer to harden and toss the can out with the trash.

Recycle more, trash less. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household garbage in the United States can increase by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. We're not just talking trash here; a lot of what ends up in the garbage can be recycled. Check your city/county website to find out what's recyclable in your community. Then fill your recycling container to the brim or set aside a box of recyclables to take to a nearby drop-off recycling center.

Thanks for Keeping Hampton Roads Beautiful! 

On Monday, Oct. 13, and Keep Virginia Beautiful hosted the inaugural Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful Golf Tournament at Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake. Keep Virginia Beautiful selected to partner on this fundraiser to support recycling education and community beautification in the 17 cities and counties across Hampton Roads.


In addition to a gorgeous fall day perfect for golfing, each participant was also treated to breakfast from Happy Day Donuts, lunch from Chick-fil-A, beverages, exciting raffle prizes, an awards dinner from Outback Steakhouse--- and of course the great feeling that comes along with playing to support a good cause. and Keep Virginia Beautiful are so thankful to the many sponsors that supported this inaugural event and made it an absolute success. We hope to see everyone back in 2015!

Corporate Sponsors

Adams Outdoor Advertising
Smithfield Farmland
TFC Recycling
Waste Management

Specialty Sponsors
Boomerang Recovery
CML Recycling
Eure Signs
Frito Lay
General Cigar Company
Happy Day Donuts
MAP Communications, Inc.
MaxLiner, LLC
New Dominion Pictures
Outback Steakhouse
Hole Sponsors
Bay Disposal
City of Portsmouth
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Reliance Staffing & Recruiting
SB Cox
The Tide 92.3 FM
Troy University
VersAbility Resources
The Team Behind the Green: Bill Johnston
This is the third installment in a series of profiles featuring the behind-the-scenes folks who are part of the program. From Virginia Beach to Southampton County and from as far north as James City and Gloucester counties, they come together as one region to encourage environmental stewardship among all residents here in Hampton Roads. This month, we'd like to introduce you to Team Member, Bill Johnston:

1. Tell us about your job.
I work for Public Works Engineering in the City of Virginia Beach. I am the administrator for the City's Municipal Stormwater Permit. Keeping up with regulatory changes and requirements keeps me very busy.

2. Why is the program important? is the best way I've found to get the word out to our primary customers--- our citizens. We have to educate citizens on what they can do to make a positive change in our environment. The program gives us the mechanism to do just that by working together as a region.

3. What is your favorite "green" tip to share?
It all starts with YOU. You can reduce your carbon footprint and reduce pollutants in our local waterways by simply making the right choices in your daily routines. Go to to learn about small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact.
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