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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Things to Know & Do!

Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum, February 26: Many thanks to the participants in the First Quarter Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum this morning at Sentara Careplex. The breakfast was prepared by Morrison’s. An educational presentation was presented by Eileen Bunn and Roger Fournier from Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia – Goodwill as a Good Steward, How Environmentally Friendly Practices Propel Our Mission.

A big congratulations to Salvage Boyz, Hampton’s winner for the quarter, who received the award based on their business’s focus on reusing and upcycling items that would otherwise be disposed of. Other winners were: Charly’s Airport Restaurant (James City County), Domoishi (Newport News), and Black Dog Gallery (York County).

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Great American Cleanup, March 1 through June 30: Spring is the time to clean up our city well. We have a number of upcoming cleanups for you to participate in, but you are also welcome to organize your own cleanup, borrow equipment from us, and do something beautiful for our city! For information, hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1130.

We’re celebrating regionally with a cleanup weekend March 27 & 28!

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Tour de Trash Express to the Compost Facility! March 11, 9am – 11:30am: There’s no sweeter smelling place in solid waste circles than a compost facility. Want to check it out? Join us to follow your yard trimmings and yard waste to the VPPSA Compost Facility in York County! You like compost and mulch, don’t you? You need to know how it’s made! Watch, listen, absorb, ask questions, there will be plenty of time and opportunity. To sign up go to http://bit.ly/TourdeTrash, where there’s a full list of upcoming tours – you can sign up for all of them if you want to! For more information, contact hccc@hampton.gov, call 727-1130.  A note, many people have expressed a desire for Saturday tours, but the sites don’t open for tours on Saturdays. So if you can take a little time off from work, this would be a fun way to learn about trash in Hampton!

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Oyster Gardening Opportunities, March 14 and TBD: Saturday, March 14, 11am, Sunset Boating Center, 800 S Armistead Avenue, sign up at causink@hampton.gov, AND/OR Dandy Haven Marina, 374 Dandy Haven Rd, date and time dependent on weather, for specifics, contact George at glc74@cox.net. Join in for a hands-on oyster gardening experience, or watch from the dock. Either way you’ll learn about oysters, how they grow, and why they’re important to our waterways.

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Hampton 3Rs Spring Cleaning Madness Collection, March 20, 10am – 1pm: It’s time to open the closets and look under the bed and clean out the stuff you haven’t used all year! Bring it to the Goodwill Store at 1911 Saville Row to help your neighbors here on the Peninsula. So bring household goods, clothing, electronics, even furniture in good shape. Also, set aside an old tee shirt to learn how to make a reusable bag from it. If you’re not giving your plastic bags to a good cause already (see below), bring them to this collection for recycling. Come prepared to learn about all kinds of cool stuff – community gardening, hydroponics, recycling, and more. Keep your eyes open for more information, but put it on your calendars today! For more information, hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1130.

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TWO Community Cleanups in March! Some people like to squeeze in a cleanup to end their week on a good note, while others like to start their weekend on the clean foot. So here are two Community Cleanup opportunities for you! Sites are selected based on litter index results and citizen recommendations.

  • Friday March 20 at 3pm, we’ll be cleaning up Kentucky Avenue and the War Memorial Stadium parking lot. This is a family-friendly cleanup.
  • On Saturday March 21 at 10am, we’ll go to Nettles Lane to clean up! This one will be good for older children, teens, and adults.

Two things to know – we need a minimum of five people to hold each cleanup, and you MUST register in advance.

To sign up, go to http://bit.ly/CommunityCleanupsRegistration.  For information, contact hccc@hampton.gov or call 727-1130.

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Household Chemical & Electronics Collections:  The first household chemical and electronics collection of 2020 will be held March 21 at the Coliseum parking lot, 1000 Coliseum Drive (across from the Embassy Suites), from 8am - noon.

Five times a year, Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority collects household chemicals and electronics in Hampton.

This keeps chemicals and devices out of our steam plant and landfill, so it’s very important. You can bring the following items to the collection: paint, stain, solvent, glue, varnish, adhesive, gasoline & other fuel [less than 50 gal], wax, gas/oil mixture, brake fluid, engine cleaner, motor oil, antifreeze, insecticide, weed killer, pesticide, fertilizer, pest strips, oven cleaner, drain cleaner, floor wax & cleaner, metal polish/jewelry cleaner, bleach, degreaser, septic tank cleaner, toilet cleaner, charcoal fluid, dye, kerosene, pool chemical, photofinishing chemical, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent lights, CFLs.

Computer-related items accepted for recycling are: desktop & laptop computers; servers; monitors (both LCD & CRT types); computer wiring; desktop printers including multifunction printers, fax machines; desktop photocopiers/scanners; cell phones.

For more information, contact Hampton’s Customer Call Center at 311 (or 757-727-8311) or call Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority at 757-259-9850. You can access additional information at https://www.vppsa.org/services/#chemical.

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Hampton Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services Master Plan Update Community Meeting, March 31, 6:30pm – 8pm: Location will be confirmed closer to the time. The third time HAS to be a charm! Additional information at https://hampton.gov/parksplan. Please participate!

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Walk Hampton Clean! April 1 - 30: Pick your spot, your cleanup date, your time, walk Hampton clean! To sign up go to http://bit.ly/WalkHamptonClean! For information, contact causink@hampton.gov or call 727-1158. Help us reach the goal of 100 miles cleaned up!

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Tour de Trash! April 3, 9am – 4pm: On this full-length tour, follow your various types of trash to the places Hampton’s trash goes – the yard waste transfer site, landfill, the composting facility, the steam plant, Branscome Construction, and TFC’s recycling transfer station. To sign up go to http://bit.ly/TourdeTrash, where there’s a full list of upcoming tours – you can sign up for all of them if you want to! For information, contact hccc@hampton.gov or call 727-1130. This full-length tour is more demanding of your time, but more immersive and provides a broader perspective on garbage in Hampton and in America.

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Check Out & Clean Up! Did you know you could check out cleanup equipment from our libraries? You can clean up your street, your neighborhood, or a nearby park! Yes, you CAN! Try it out! It’s an easy and rewarding way to help your neighborhood or another favorite place you want to clean up. Ask at your favorite library branch! Have you tried it yet? When you clean up, be sure to report so we can thank you! http://bit.ly/LibraryCleanupReport

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Plastic Bag Recycling: You CAN recycle plastic bags and wrap, but ONLY at store or civic organization drop-offs. HCCC, 1296 Thomas St, is serving as a collection point for schools and civic organizations. Also…

The Hampton Master Gardeners (at Bluebird Gap Farm Arboretum and Demonstration Garden, 60 Pine Chapel Rd) and Peninsula Master Naturalists also collect them, and some schools will collect them for competitions.

We urge you to support your local schools by saving your clean plastic bags and plastic case wrapping for them! There’s a lot at stake for them – prizes ranging from $500 - $1000 or a plastic bench! Winners are selected based on the weight of bags per student, so the participating schools need your bags, your neighbors’ bags, and your business or organizations’ bags!

Here’s our list of plastic bag recycling competition schools:

  • Aberdeen Elementary School, 1424 Aberdeen Rd
  • Armstrong Elementary School, 3401 Matoaka Rd
  • Asbury Elementary School, 140 Beach Rd
  • Bethel High School, 1067 Big Bethel Rd
  • Booker Elementary School, 160 Apollo Dr
  • Burbank Elementary School, 40 Tidemill Ln
  • Hampton Christian Academy Lower School, NOT A DROP-OFF SITE
  • Hampton High School, 1491 West Queen St
  • Langley Elementary School, 16 Rockwell Rd
  • Phenix Prek – 8 School, 1061 Big Bethel Rd
  • Rivermont School, 303 Butler Farm Road, Ste 100
  • Spratley Gifted Center, 339 Woodland Rd

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Recycling Information: Would you like someone to come to your group and talk about recycling right? Contact hccc@hampton.gov for a presentation! For quick questions, call 311 or HCCC at 727-1130.

Extra Recyclables because of deliveries or family gatherings? Take them to one of three drop-off sites:

  • The Yard Waste Transfer Site, 100 North Park Lane
  • Gosnold’s Hope Park administrative building, 901 E Little Back River Rd
  • Briarfield Park by the ball field, 1560 Briarfield Rd.

At all three sites, the same rules apply as for curbside recyclables: paper (boxes, newspapers, mail, food boxes, clean and dry), household-food-beverage plastic bottles and jugs only; glass bottles and jars only; metal cans, foil, and disposable aluminum baking sheets and pans; and milk and food cartons. NO PLASTIC BAGS, dirty diapers, garden hoses, or other trash. Questions? Call 311 (727-8311) or visit this link: https://hampton.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14663/Acceptable-Recyclables-Information?bidId=. Please don’t put anything else in either your home container or the drop-off containers. Thanks!

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HCCC Board and Committee Meetings for February: For more information, contact hccc@hampton.gov or call 727-1130.

March 5, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee, Mama Rosa’s Restaurant

March 9, 10am – 11:30am, Beautification Committee Meeting, HCCC Office

March 10, 3:30am – 5pm, Hampton Clean City Commission Meeting, HCCC Office

March 12, 6:30pm – 8pm, Hampton Waterways Restoration Project, Ft Monroe Community Center

March 17, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Clean & Green Workplaces Committee Meeting, Goodwill Community Employment Center

March 19, 1pm – 2pm, Bee City USA – Hampton Committee Meeting, HCCC Office

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