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Recycling Guide for the Holidays

COMMUNITY CENTERGreen Homes & BusinessesDec 16, 2014Guest Contributor

Author: Guest Contributor

Virginia Beach Recycling

Virginia Beach Recycling Team Mascot, RC, at the 2013 TowneBank Holiday at the Beach Parade.

Cooking oil is the latest addition to items now accepted at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center. The new addition comes just in time to accept the grease from all of those fried turkeys this holiday season. It is important to dispose of cooking oil properly because when it is put down the drain or into the garbage disposal, it will eventually harden and cause many problems in the sewer pipes. Instead, Virginia Beach residents can bring cooking oil in disposable containers, and staff will ensure that the oil is recycled for use in diesel fuel and heating oil. For information on grease recycling and disposal in other cities and counties in Hampton Roads, visit the Fryer Oil Collection page.

In addition to recycling your cooking oil in Virginia Beach, you can also recycle your plain wrapping paper no matter where you live in Hampton Roads. For example, in addition to glass bottles and jars, clean aluminum foil and cans, tin cans and paper, remember to put the following holiday waste in your recycling container:

  • Gift Boxes
  • Tissue Paper
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Holiday Cards
  • Envelopes
  • Paper Gift Bags
  • Cardboard
  • Plain Wrapping Paper

Please DO NOT place the following items in the recycling container:  bubble wrap, ribbons, tape and bows, tree decorations, Christmas Trees, sticky gift labels, laminated or coated gift bags, foam peanuts, cellophane,  and Christmas lights.

Check information on recycling your naturally-grown Christmas tree or learn more about recycling in your Hampton Roads city by visiting Recycling at Home.


This blog post submitted by Linda S. Minner, APR, City of Virginia Beach Recycling Coordinator, Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission Liaison and Executive Director of Keeping Virginia Beach Beautiful.