Adopt Hampton Roads

Cigarette Waste

Graffiti Tips

Liberty Gardens

Litter It Just Isn't Natural

Litter Laws

Mulch Mowing

Mulch Mowing

Save Gasoline

Use Less Stuff

Simple ways to get started


Recycling Directory (pdf)

What your locality recycles

Drop-Off Center locations





Phone Books


Wood Pallets

Buy Recycled

Family Activity Book

Green Business

Green$en$e Guide

Household Hazardous Waste/Chemical Collection

Mini-Grant Program

Reading List

Standards of Learning - SOLs

Tips to get you started with the 3R's

Trashanator II

Youth Newspaper

Environmental Groups



Media Spots



Events in your locality

Earth Day Events


Getting Started

Waste reduction helps save raw materials and landfill space. Itís also a good way to reduce pollution and save energy. Waste Reduction starts with the changes you can make at home, work, in your community and when shopping


  • Buy only what you need.  
  • Purchase in Bulk.    
  • Avoid "over-packaged" products
  • Avoid disposable goods
  • Read the label- Choose materials made with non toxic ingredients.
  • Reuse or refuse shopping bags - bring your own sturdy bags.
  • Buy durable, high quality goods.

At Home:  

  • Reuse household articles such as bags, boxes and plastic food containers. 
  • Maintain and repair items before buying new ones. 
  • Rent instead of buying such as a power tool.  
  • Sell or donate goods you no longer want.
  • Donate old magazines and catalogues to local charities, waiting rooms or schools.
  • Leave cut grass clippings in your lawn.
  • Place the following items in your curbside container and set on curb on your neighborhood's recycling day or take to your recycling drop-off center: newspaper, glass, aluminum cans, foil and pie plates, tin cans and #1 and #2 plastics bottles.

At Work

  • Make two-sided copies, whenever possible.
  • Make interoffice phone calls, if appropriate instead of sending memos.
  • Use ceramic mugs or glasses instead of disposable cups.
  • Use scrap paper for memos, notes, etc.
  • Reuse envelopes for routing memos and office materials.


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