(Virginia Beach, VA) - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission invite you to Earth Day Celebration 2014 on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Mount Trashmore Park (one of the nation’s first recycled landfills) in Virginia Beach from 11 am - 4 pm (rain date: Sunday, May 4). Free and open to the public with ample onsite parking, this family-friendly event invites you to celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment. Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to discover and explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle.
Some highlights for this year’s event feature:
AAA Recycling Zone (10am-2pm, enter from South Blvd.)
See the complete list of acceptable items for various free recycling opportunities below at www.VBgov.com/earthday
- Electronics Recycling by Versability Resources – Take this opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted home electronics and computer equipment.
- Metals Recycling – Got scrap metal? Bring your old appliances, like vacuum cleaners, blenders, washers, dryers, ovens, and air conditioners to be recycled. You can also haul your old lawn mowers, trimmers, spreaders, drills, saws and other types of metal.
- Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – Properly dispose of items that shouldn’t be in your trash can, like latex paint, automotive fluids, light bulbs, batteries, fertilizers and pool chemicals. No more than 5 gallons of liquids or 75 pounds of dry chemical can be accepted at this event. Waste should be in original container with labeling intact.
- Car Battery Round Up – Get a $5 Wawa gift card (while supplies last) for every vehicle battery you bring in (up to 3 per person). Car, motorcycle, lawnmower and tractor batteries will be accepted.
- Child Safety Seat Recycling – Have a used child safety seat that no longer meets industry safety standards? Bring it to the AAA Recycling Zone, and we’ll see to it that all the plastic parts are properly broken down and recycled.
- Purchase a Rain Barrel and/or Composter - Cut your household water bill with a conservation-friendly rain barrel and make your own nutrient-rich soil for the garden by investing in a composter, both available for purchase onsite at this event! Visit VBgov.com/earthday to reserve yours today.
- Document Shredding by Cintas – Bring your personal documents to be shredded for free onsite. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed, but please no metals, three ring binders, batteries or plastics.
NEW! Green Market
Check out a new feature at this year’s Earth Day where small, green, local and fair-trade vendors will have products for sale. Come out and support local businesses!
NEW! Trashion Show 1pm
Students from Frank W. Cox High School Fashion Marketing program will present a unique fashion show featuring original student designs that have been constructed from 100% recycled and repurposed materials including old beach balls, newspapers, used CDs, trash bags, paper bags and more. Modeled by the students who created them, these “trashion” masterpieces were created as a mindful and relevant study of stylish sustainability.
Dumpster Dive Demonstration 12 – 3 pm
Are we recycling as much as we can? Project Green Teens will sift through trash and debris in a park dumpster to find items that could have been recycled. Previous dumpster dives revealed that nearly 50% of one dumpster's contents could have been recycled. See the full report at www.VBgov.com/PGT
- Enjoy live music featuring The Futuros at 11am and London at 2pm
- Delicious festival foods will be available for purchase
- Fun children’s activities will be hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
- To increase recycling awareness, the public is invited to paint a recycling container onsite with students from the Governor’s School for the Arts.
- Youth: Download our Go Green Calendar at www.VBgov.com/earthday and complete each activity to get a special treat!
Exhibitor Application Deadline April 4
Applications for Earth Day exhibitors are being accepted through April 4. Exhibitors must have an organizational mission focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainable living that will inspire attendees to become more environmentally-conscious. Exhibitor applications can be found at www.VBgov.com/earthday.
Earth Day 2014 at Mount Trashmore Park is an official Virginia Green event
Virginia Green is the statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia's Tourism Industry. It is run as a partnership between DEQ, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association. www.virginia.org/green
This event is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission and sponsored by AAA Tidewater. For more information about Earth Day 2014, please call Katie Whanger at 757-385-0426 (TTY: dial 711), E-mail kwhanger@VBgov.com or visit www.vbgov.com/earthday
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), or visit www.VBgov.com/parks. Get Parks & Rec in your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletters at www.vbgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VBParksRec
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