Recycle Day for Difficult to Recycle Items
Worn out tires, antifreeze and a dead dishwasher can be difficult to dispose of, much less recycle, but the City of Williamsburg has a plan. Using a $1,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City is hosting a recycle day specifically for hard to recycle items such as tires, automotive fluids, car/mower batteries and scrap metal. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 am to noon at the City’s Public Works complex on Armistead Avenue, behind the Municipal Building and beside the Transportation Center.
Residents can bring the items to the complex and Public Works staff will be on hand to help unload. Once the items are collected, the City will be charged a minimal fee to recycle them, “But that’s where the grant money comes in,” says Paul Reeser, a supervisor in the City’s Public Works Department. “Some of these items usually cost residents to dispose of, that’s why you sometimes see stacks of tires dumped illegally on the roadside or in a back yard. People just don’t want to pay to get rid of tires. We will use the grant money we received from the state to pay the disposal fees.” Scrap metal from items such as bicycles and appliances could actually provide some revenue back to the City.
The event has a significant environmental and public health focus. “Not only does this event promote environmental stewardship through appropriate disposal and recycling methods, it’s also good for our health. Old tires and unused junk tend to collect water, and in the summer, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Anytime we can reduce the mosquito population, that’s a good thing,” said Reeser.
The City provides standard weekly trash collection, bi-weekly standard recycling collection for paper, glass, cardboard and aluminum, and bulk collection, upon request, three times a year for items such as sofas, mattresses or appliances. “What this event offers is a way to get rid of items you cannot put in your trash or recycle cart,” says Dan Clayton, the City’s Director of Public Works and Utilities. “We don’t know how much we’ll collect, but this is a great way to see if there is a need for this type of special event. The best thing is that all items collected on April 21 will be recycled, not taken to the landfill.” Clayton commends his staff for creating, implementing and coordinating the event and for finding grant money to pay for the cost of such an event.
The event is for residential recycling only, no businesses.
What you can bring: tires on or off the rim (limit 10 per resident); 12v or 6v batteries (standard car or mower batteries); motor oil in sealed containers; used oil filters; antifreeze in sealed containers; scrap metals such as vehicle parts, bicycles; and appliances without Freon.
What you cannot bring: alkaline batteries (like AA, C or D cell).