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You Can Prevent the Spread of Zika Virus

Posted on August 11, 2016 by | Comments Off

By now you’ve probably heard all about the Zika virus. Zika was first launched into the headlines when it was linked with birth defects in newborns. There has been additional scrutiny on the mosquito-borne virus because of the Olympic games in Rio. With athletes and spectators from around the world travelling to Rio, there is real uncertainty surrounding how widely the virus could spread. Recently, Florida reported its first cases of mosquito-borne Zika so now is the time for us all to take action to limit the spread of this nasty virus in our communities.

What can you do? Worldwide health crises don’t usually seem like the kind of thing an average Joe can solve but in this case, we all have the power to stop the spread of Zika by taking action to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. The number one way we can do this is by preventing water from standing in or around our properties. Pools of water in containers around your yard, whether big or small, will provide the habitat needed by mosquitoes to breed. Look around your yard, identify these breeding grounds and correct the issue through tip, toss and cover. Watch this short video below to learn more.

Do you have old tires laying around? That’s a big no-no. Tires catch lots of water and turn into five-star resorts for mosquito breeding. Responsibly dispose of tires by checking our handy tire disposal guide listed by city/county below. Together as a community we can prevent the spread of Zika virus.

Residential Tire Recycling in Hampton Roads

Chesapeake | Gloucester | Hampton | Isle of Wight | James City | Newport News | Norfolk | Poquoson | Portsmouth | Smithfield | Southampton | Suffolk | Virginia BeachWilliamsburg | York

Residents may schedule bulk pickup online or by calling 382-2489. Up to two tires (without rims) will be accepted per bulk pickup. Residents may schedule 12 bulk pickups per year. 

Residents may drop off four tires (off the rim) at any Gloucester County convenience center. For more information, call (804) 693-5370 

Residents may place up to five tires, including rims, at the curb on their regularly scheduled trash collection day. There is a max of 10 tires per household per year. For more information, call (757) 727-8311

Isle of Wight
Residents may drop off up to four tires per day at any Isle of Wight County convenience center. For more information, call (757) 365-1658. 

James City
Residents may use the Jolly Pond and Toano Convenience Centers for disposing of tires. Coupons required. Call 565-0971 for more information.   

Newport News
Residents who pay the Solid Waste User Fee may drop off four off-rim tires per week to the Recovery Operation Center. Maximum of 12 tires per year.  Passenger car and small truck tires only. For more information call 886-7947. 

Residents may dispose of up to four tires per household per month at no charge. Bulk pickup requests must be placed by 3 p.m. the day before collection. To schedule a bulk pick, please call 664-6510. 

Tires may be brought to the City’s old Recycling Center which is located behind the Municipal Building next to the pool parking lot. To cover the cost of the disposal of tires there is a $1 per tire fee. Purchase City decals in the Treasurer’s office and affix the decal to each tire prior to disposal. 

Residents may place up to 8 tires (without rim) each year at curbside for pickup on scheduled trash pickup days. There are also three Portsmouth Recycles Day events each year where tires are accepted without counting towards the annual maximum. For more information, call 393-8663. 

Residents may drop off up to four tires per day at any Isle of Wight County convenience center. For more information, call (757) 365-1658. 

Check back soon! 

Residents may use SPSA or special recycling events for disposing of tires. For pricing on year-round disposal, call SPSA at 961-3668 or find the next free recycling event here 

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach residents can recycle tires via the City Landfill & Resource Recovery Center. Up to four automobile or light truck tires with or without rims can be disposed of free of charge with proof of residency. Only waste generated at the primary residence of City of Virginia Beach citizens will be accepted. Waste must be delivered in a privately owned, non-commercial, vehicle that is no larger than a pickup truck bed. The City of Virginia Beach Landfill & Resource Recovery Center is located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have questions call (757) 385-1980 or email  

Residents may use the James City County Jolly Pond Convenience Centers for disposing of tires. Coupons are required. Call 565-0971 for more information.   

Residents may bring up to five tires per day to the Waste Management Center for disposal. Fees apply: $1.50/for standard automobile tires without rims; $3.00 if the rim is on.  Tires 19.5” or larger are $5.00 (no rim) and $7.50 (on rim). Please call for fees on additional tire sizes, (757) 890-3780.

Posted in: Don't litter!, Household tips, Lawn and landscape, Outdoor tips, Reduce reuse and recycle

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Cigarette Litter Prevention – One Year Later

Posted on July 8, 2016 by | Comments Off


It’s been one year since the Hampton Roads region began tackling cigarette litter using a consistent message and a proven project model developed by Keep America Beautiful. The “Cigarette Butts = Litter” campaign kicked off in June 2015 at seven diverse locations across Hampton Roads. During the project, local teams and volunteers analyzed their sites, installed cigarette waste receptacles in strategic locations and conducted outreach directly to smokers encouraging them to be mindful of their disposal habits and offering them a pocket ashtray or auto ashtray for the cup holder of their vehicle.  Last fall we were excited to report an average 74 percent reduction in cigarette litter at the seven project sites. Today we are again happy to report that our average reduction has stayed nearly the same for over six months since intensive outreach activities ended. The average reduction today is still 69 percent fewer cigarette butts on the ground than before the launch of this effort.

We hope the results of this project will inspire others in the community to fight back against cigarette litter using this proven project model from Keep America Beautiful. The model can be applied to any public space including businesses, parks, entertainment venues and attractions, college campuses and more! Let’s keep up the momentum! Learn more about the KAB Cigarette Litter Prevention program then check out the free Cigarette Butts = Litter outreach resources in the Online Media Toolkit!



Posted in: Beautification, Cigarette Litter, Don't litter!, HR Green campaign updates

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Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

Posted on June 10, 2016 by | Comments Off

LMinner-GAC_2016_2We are wrapping up the first Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, a group effort between Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to inspire citizens to care for this great natural resource.  So many people in Hampton Roads live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed (find your watershed here!)  Even those of us who don’t have all the same responsibilities for our respective watershed.  We hope this week has served as a reminder to why we care so much about the health of the Chesapeake Bay – and all bodies of water!

  • The Chesapeake Bay provides some delicious food – fish, oysters, crabs, YUM! Polluted waters mean no food for you.
  • In addition to the animals we eat, the Chesapeake Bay is home to a huge assortment of wildlife we want to preserve for future generations to come.
  • The Bay provides tourism dollars for our region which is always good for the locals. You clean up your house for visitors – we must do the same with our Chesapeake Bay.
  • We’re all part of the same picture. The Chesapeake Bay is a complex ecosystem made up of a huge network of rivers and streams. You might not live right on the water, but you’re connected to it in one way or another so its health directly affects your land.

Doing your part to clean the Chesapeake Bay is simply the right thing to do. Whether it’s picking up trash, reducing your fertilizer use (your lawn is connecting to a body of water even if you can’t see water) or scooping the poop, everyone is capable of doing several small things that add up to something very large.

What can you do to help the Chesapeake Bay?

Posted in: Don't litter!, Waterways

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Tackling Restoration Through Beautification in Newport News

Posted on June 7, 2016 by | Comments Off

 The City of Newport News has an integrated program of public awareness and action concerning stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Our programs employ cigarette litter awareness and other forms of litter as outreach and engagement opportunities. The program is a collaboration between various departments including Public Works Resource Recovery, Storm Water Management, Environmental Management System  and Engineering. Litter of any form is an active challenge for our city. We have engaged our citizens, civic and faith-based communities and local business groups in awareness of cigarette litter specifically and litter in general as a stormwater pollution issue. We currently have five separate target areas where Cigarette Litter Prevention Programs in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and are in place and several are set to expand this year. We enjoy great partners in our community who share our passion for stewardship and dedication to maintaining a beautiful and clean Newport News.

DBaxter-WawaAwardRecently, the Newport News Recovery Operations Center recognized the Wawa Convenience Store located at 12093 Jefferson Avenue with the Newport News Clean Business Award winner for the Second Quarter of 2016. This was largely in recognition of their exemplary efforts in litter management and specifically cigarette litter on their very busy property. Their management staff takes great strides to ensure that the facility and property are litter free as they understand how important this is to the businesses remaining viable and attractive for customers. Their diligence and commitment is a fine example of the commitment of the corporate leadership, store management and their dedicated staff to the preservation and protection of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

DBaxter-NNRainBarrelWorkshopFor the past seven years, Newport News Resource Recovery and Newport News Waterworks have been partnering with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Newport News Master Gardeners to hold Rain Barrel Workshops for residents of Hampton Roads. These workshops empower participants to harness rain water with rain barrels for irrigation and to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties. Hundreds of these rain barrels have been made since the program’s inception saving thousands of gallons of polluted runoff from entering local waterways and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. These

The Newport News Resource Recovery, Recovery Operations Center (ROC) , located at 330 Atkinson Way in Newport News, has been a focal point for stewardship and recovery efforts for the residents of Newport News for many years. Recent improvements to the facility include: an integrated household hazardous waste and electronics collection system, white goods recovery and extraction system, tire  recovery program, larger bulk recovery containers for metals and co-mingled recyclables and an improved yard debris collection and management program. Our increase in size and convenience for our solid waste user fee customers has been very effective in reducing landfill costs while improving recycling opportunities for our residents.

The Resource Recovery Center, Recovery Operations Center,  also houses one of the largest compost and mulch production facilities on the Peninsula. Compost is created on-site from leaves and other compostable yard waste and is certified by the US Compost Council and routinely tested by Virginia Tech and Penn State Universities. The compost is a very effective soil amendment, allowing soil to let in more air and water for healthier plants and increased absorption of stormwater runoff. Leaf mulch provides a cost effective soil erosion protection for areas under trees that preserves top soil and helps to reduce soil degradation. The mulch products that are created provide a cost effective beautification product that provides moisture retention and soil erosion protection. All of these products are available to any resident of Hampton Roads at competitive prices, For more information, click here or call 757-886 7947.

Blog post contributed by Daniel A. Baxter, Business Recycling Coordinator, NIMS Public Works Blue Team Coordinator for City of Newport News Recovery Operations Center.

Posted in: Beautification, Don't litter!, Going Green, Keeping storm drains free, Lawn and landscape, Lawncare

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What Does the Chesapeake Bay Mean to You?

Posted on June 4, 2016 by | Comments Off

chesapeake-bay-1310538_960_720Today is Clean the Bay Day and volunteers all over Virginia, from Hampton Roads to Northern Virginia, from the Eastern Shore to the Shenandoah Valley, are working by land and boat to give the Bay a massive spring clean. The short 3 hour statewide cleanup has been held for 28 years and produces noticeable impacts each year. Because of the effort of over 100,000 volunteers, approximately 6.2 million pounds of debris has been removed from nearly 6,500 miles of shoreline since 1989. If you missed this year’s event, mark your calendars for next year but remember that the small choices you make each day are just as important as participating in these annual cleanups. Do your best not to litter and cleanup litter even when it’s not your own mess. If we all did our part, we’d have a much cleaner bay for future generations.

Today also marks the beginning of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, June 4-12. This first annual celebration asks everyone in the Bay states of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to recognize the massive historic, economic, scientific, and recreational importance of the Chesapeake Bay. Tourists and residents alike are asked to celebrate all that the Bay provides to our region. And the Bay is closer than you may think. No matter where you are in Hampton Roads, it would only take about 15 minutes to walk to a stream, river or body of water that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

crab-896481_960_720Here at we’ll be celebrating the Chesapeake Bay by featuring photos of how the Bay gives back to our region and what’s being done in our communities to improve water quality. We welcome everyone to participate by simply sending in a photo with an accompanying message about what the Bay means to you. Photos will be accepted through July 9th.  Please include your  first name, the city/county where you live, and get them over to today!

Posted in: Community events, Don't litter!, Waterways

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