Department of Public Works
Thank you for your enthusiasm! All barrels for 2013 have been sold.
Hats (and shoes) off to the student body of Indian Hollow Elementary School for collecting 630 shoes, hats, belts, handbags and backpacks for Save-a-Sole! The school, led by the Kindness Team, shattered its recycling goal of 500 items.
Check out this video for a great depiction of the paperboard recycling process.
Frederick County's 2011 recycling rate of 51 percent: a new record! That puts it at the top of diversion rates when compared to other localities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Planning District. The final numbers, released by the planning district, are reported to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality each year and include recycling data submitted by local businesses. Virginia's state recycling is 43.5 percent for 2011, up from 40.5 percent in 2010. This means that nearly 4 million tons of material was either recycled or reused. The state mandated rate is 25 percent.
Congratulations Frederick County, you shattered the 2011 recycling record with 12.6 million pounds of materials recycled during 2012! Check out the recycling tracker and see how we beat last year's mark!
Frederick County Residents are encouraged to reduce their trash generation, recycle, reuse, compost yard waste and buy products made of recycled-content material whenever possible. The county offers a voluntary recycling program with a total of eleven (11) drop off stations located throughout the county. Find them on a map.
These recycling stations accept clean newspapers, glass bottles and jars separated by color (clear, green and brown), aluminum and steel cans, and plastic bottles and jugs. If in doubt about whether a plastic item is recyclable, remember to 'Check for the neck!' If there's a narrow neck, then RECYCLE IT! For more information, read the brochure.
Sorting glass by color is easy, but there are a few things you should know.
All materials should be loose when placed into collection containers. Please remove and recycle all bags and boxes used for transport.
Stations are operated by public works' staff and have posted hours which are described under solid waste collection. Recycling stations also accept newspaper, glossy magazines, office paper, shredded paper, and phone books in a single container. Note: All materials should be loose when placed into collection containers. If items are bagged or tied for transport, please remove all bags and string and discard!
The landfill, Shawneeland, Greenwood, Albin, Middletown, Double Toll Gate and Clear Brook sites accept corrugated cardboard. (Corrugated cardboard is two layers of paperboard separated by wavy paper.) Cardboard must be flattened for recycling. Paperboard, such as shoe boxes, soda cartons and cereal boxes, is also accepted as is kraft paper (brown paper sacks).
For information on othe recycling programs available at the landfill, visit the Special Wastes section.
Gloria Puffinburger, Solid Waste Manager
(540) 665-5643, ext. 1
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