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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Solid Waste & Recycling Announcements

Solid Waste & Recycling Announcements
·   Holiday Solid Waste Collection Announcements
·   Holiday Tree Recycling - January 7-18
·   Household Batteries – Safe Disposal Information
·   America Recycles Day – A Success in Alexandria

Trash and Recycling Collection
Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, which take place on December 25 and January 1, residents are reminded that trash and recycling will be picked up one day later on these holidays.  Therefore, trash and recycling will be collected on the following schedule: 
Regular Collection Day                    Holiday Collection DayMonday                                               Monday
Tuesday                                               Wednesday
Wednesday                                         Thursday
Thursday                                             Friday
*Remember, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve days (Monday) will operate on a regular refuse and recycling schedule.
Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics Collection drop-off center will be closed on Christmas Eve day, Monday, December 24. 

Normal hours of operation are every Monday and Saturday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm located at 3224 Colvin Street.

Holiday Tree Recycling (Save the Date: January 7-18)
Holiday trees can be recycled curbside by residents who receive refuse collection services from the City.  Trees must be set at the curb, on your regular refuse collection day, starting January 7 – January 18.  Trees collected during this time will be ground into mulch and available to residents in the spring.  Please remove any stands, lights, and decorations from trees.  Remember, trees placed prior to January 7 will be collected as regular refuse.  For more information: .

Household Batteries – Safe Disposal Information
Many holiday gifts require batteries… so make sure during this holiday season, you are safely disposing of any unwanted batteries.  When purchasing batteries, consider rechargeable batteries in order to reduce waste.  Remember, bring unwanted batteries to the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Center located at 3224 Colvin Street.  Standard alkaline batteries can be discarded as regular trash, but if you are unsure of a battery’stype you can always double-check at the HHW facility.  For more

America Recycles Day – A Success in Alexandria!
On Saturday, November 17 residents took part in three events to celebrate America Recycles Day locally, these events included; mercury disposal, document shredding, and household hazardous waste drop-off.  Residents disposed of over 20 mercury containing devices containing, approximately 188 grams of liquid mercury, and received $5 gift cards compliments of Covanta Energy. The recovered mercury has the potential to contaminate 225 million gallons of water, which would be unsafe to drink, and contaminate a 3700 acre lake (about 1/3 the size of Alexandria) making all fish unfit to eat. Additionally, 32 residents brought documents to be shredded, which amounts to approximately a ton of paper. Shred Station Company, located in Springfield, donated shredding services for the event.  T&ES’ Solid Waste Division received an award from Service Source Foundation, an Alexandria based non-profit, for partnering to recycle computers and electronic waste, which is collected at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) site.

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