Monday, February 15, 2010

Mark Your Calendars...Earth Hour is March27th

Make plans with your kids and your neighbors.  The World Wildlife Fund is presenting Earth Hour at 8:30pm on March 27th.  During Earth Hour, millions of people around the world show their dedication to seriously battling climate change by turning out their lights for 1 hour.

Last year, cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas joined in the effort.  Check out this video and plan some fun activities in the dark!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

After it is sorted, where does the recycling go?

In the last post, you could see a video of how all of your household recycling is sorted.  Ever wonder what happens to the recycling when it leaves the sorting plant?  Check out this video about a box plant in Syracuse, New York that buys old cardboard boxes and turns them into new ones.

Next time you get something in a box, look around the box to see if it contains recycled content.  Then, break it down (flatten it) and set it out on the curb for the recycling truck.  Who knows, you may get part of it back the next time you receive something in a box.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Start Green at Home

Do you recycle at your house? If not, you are not alone. In fact, recent estimates suggest that only 35-50% of Chesterfield County households participate in the curbside recycling program. Your tax dollars are paying for it so you should jump on the bandwagon. You will be amazed to see how much of your trash really isn't trash at all. Furthermore, it is as easy as choosing to throw your item away in a trash can or a recycling bag/bin.

But how can you get started?? It really isn't too hard. Find a spot in your kitchen to hold a paper bag or plastic bin. You can place magazines, catalogs, paper, cardboard, cans, plastic and glass bottles, and tin cans all in the same container. Go to Central Virginia's Waste Management site and enter your street name to find out the collection day, sign up for e-mail reminders, and have stickers delivered to place on your bin or can. Then, on your scheduled day, just place the paper bags and/or can at the curb. The CVWMA/TFC trucks will swing by and gather it up.

Check out this video to see what happens to all that recycling after it leaves your home.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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