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April 26th is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!

Posted on April 22, 2014 by | Comments (0)

FishProper disposal of unwanted medication is a must. It not only keeps prescription drugs out of the wrong hands, but also keeps waterways clean and healthy. As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26th, law enforcement agencies across Hampton Roads will accept any unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications from 10 am to 2 pm. Finding a participating location near you is easy with the National Take Back Initiative Collection Site locator. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration program provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

It’s important to remember to NEVER put medication down the drain or toilet. The wastewater treatment process cannot remove pharmaceutical chemicals from water before releasing it back into local rivers and streams. Our fish don’t need painkillers or high blood pressure treatments so make sure you don’t send any chemicals their way! If you can’t make it out to one of the prescription drug collection sites on April 26th, please visit the medication disposal page at for information on how to responsibly dispose of your expired, unused, or unwanted medication.

Posted in: Clean and safe tap water, Community events, Waterways

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Free Family Event is a Treat for the Senses

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FamilyFestatMOCAIf you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family this weekend, there are plenty of options here in Hampton Roads. One of them happens to be Family Fest at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach. Bring the family out on Sunday, April 27, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a little art and a lot of fun!

It will truly be a feast for the senses as you celebrate Earth Day and artist Vik Muniz with MOCA! Create your own chocolate syrup and sugar art (just like Vik!) and enjoy the current exhibits one last time with a gallery scavenger hunt and group collage. Refreshments will be provided and the event is FREE and open to the public.

Your friends here at askHRgreen are even getting in on the fun this weekend. We’ll have our education trailer on location for MOCA’s Family Fest and the first 100 families to bring 5 plastic grocery bags or wraps to turn in for recycling will receive a FREE reusable shopping tote (pictured here)!  ToteBag

Posted in: Community events, Going Green, plastic bags, Reduce reuse and recycle

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Make One Small Change for Earth Day

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shutterstock_8639098_WEBToday is the 44th celebration of Earth Day. Did you know that Earth Day started as a grassroots plea for a more sustainable way of life? The efforts of the first Earth Day in 1970 helped bring about landmark environmental policies like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and Endangered Species. Forty-four years later and the world still struggles to find a balance between development and protecting natural resources. Today we have new worries like climate change and sea level rise, but also continue to work towards cleaner waterways, cleaner air and healthier wildlife populations. Hampton Roads is incredibly blessed with natural resources: miles of beautiful waterways, sandy beaches, clean and plentiful drinking water, an abundance of community parks and much, much more! In celebration of Earth Day, commit to one small change in your daily routine to reduce your impact on future generations. 



  • Conserve water by using rain barrels for outdoor watering
  • Car pool to work or school to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use


  • Swap disposable beverage containers for refillable water bottles and travel cups
  • Donate unwanted items to local charities
  • Use reusable shopping bags when you go shopping


  • Know what items are recyclable in your curbside bin
  • Buy products made from recycled materials
  • Find out how to recycle special items not accepted in curbside recycling


  • Replace grass with plants and trees
  • Only apply natural fertilizers like grass clippings or compost to your lawn
  • Mulch your beds for a finished appearance that helps conserve water



Posted in: Community events, Going Green, Holidays

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It’s Not Me, It’s You: Choosing Mulch Over Grass

Posted on April 21, 2014 by | Comments (0)

Mulched BedI need less grass in my life.  My grassy lawn and I have had a rough relationship over the past few years and I’m feeling ready to break up with it.  It is so needy.  I mow, it grows, I mow, it grows.  Not to mention the fact that in the past couple of years, it has just let itself go.  I am sick of looking at it.  I’m ready to start seeing more plants!

This spring, I’m on a mission to put more mulched beds into my yard.  My first project was a small one because I wanted to make sure I could handle this mission (I’m seriously lacking in gardening skills).  I pulled out the grass from underneath this random rose bush that lives in our front yard.  I shaped it up into a nice little circle and filled it in with a bag of mulch.  The result?  Amazing!  It was such a small part of the yard but it made a huge difference.  It even got approval from the husband and he’s a tough critic when it comes to landscaping.  Mulched beds add more depth and interest to a boring yard of grass.  I’m now confident enough to add a few more mulch beds around the yard!  And I plan to keep it simple by planting a few native, self-sufficient shrubs in the new beds (because the last thing I need is another needy plant!)

If I can handle it, so can you.  There are SO many benefits beyond aesthetics to replacing some of your grassy lawn with mulched beds.  Mulch helps to:

  • Retain moisture
  • Control erosion
  • Stabilize soil temperature

Here are a few more tips on adding more mulch to your yard

You deserve better.  Ditch the grass and add more mulch in your life!

Posted in: Beautification, Gardening, Lawn and landscape, Lawncare, Outdoor tips, Uncategorized

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Volunteers Make Big Impact in Chesapeake

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Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River

This past Saturday, volunteers with Friends of Indian River joined with representatives from Chesapeake Public Works, Chesapeake Sherriff’s Office and other supporting agencies to plant 30 trees along Indian River Road. 15 citizen volunteers took time off on Friday to make it happen.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, 10 volunteers came out again Saturday morning to participate in a litter cleanup. Volunteers cleaned up litter from Indian River Road and also along the shoreline by the bridge. In total, Friends of Indian River were able to remove 18 bags of trash and a tire from their community. Rogard Ross, President of Friends of Indian River summarized last weekend’s success by saying, “The efforts to beautify our community would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers.”

Friends of Indian River is a community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents of the Indian River neighborhood in Chesapeake. They focus on preserving Indian River and other green spaces, sustainable gardening/landscaping, promoting attractive streetscapes and energizing local business development. With 25,000 residents, the Indian River neighborhoods encompass five square miles in the northeast corner of Chesapeake. The neighborhood surrounds Indian River Park, a 92 acre park, and Indian River, a tidal tributary of the Elizabeth River.

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River

The community improvement work performed by Friends of Indian River is part of a bigger movement taking place across the entire country. Keep America Beautiful’ s Great American Cleanup is a season of transformation. In 2013, more than 4.5 million volunteers worked a collective 8.1 million hours to return nearly $175 million in measurable benefits in 21,000 communities across the country. Whether cleaning up litter, improving community parks with trees, flowers and gardens, or responsibly disposing of and recycling their unwanted items, participants in the Great American Cleanup are making a real difference in their communities.

A big thank you to Friends of Indian River for their hard work! If you’re in the Indian River area, take a moment to appreciate the hard work they’ve put in to improving the community for everyone! And if you’d like to join us in keeping Hampton Roads beautiful, sign up to participate in one of the upcoming Great American Cleanup events in your community!

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Indian River










Posted in: Beautification, Community events

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