Celebrate Earth Day at Mount Trashmore Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015 • 11 am – 4 pm (Rain date: Sunday, April 19)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission invite you to Earth Day Celebration 2015 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mount Trashmore Park (one of the nation’s first recycled landfills) in Virginia Beach from 11 am - 4 pm (rain date: Sunday, April 19). 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 (limit one per person while supplies last) for bringing in your battery. 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. Get a $5 Wawa gift card (limit one per person, while supplies last) for your child safety seat.

Purchase a Rain Barrel - Cut your household water bill with a conservation-friendly rain barrel available for purchase onsite at this event while supplies last! Visit VBgov.com/earthday to pre-purchase yours today.

Document Shredding by SHRED-IT – 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. NO BUSINESSES PLEASE.

NEW! Prescription Drug Disposal
When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Don't flush prescription drugs down the toilet or throw them in the trash as that poses potential safety and health hazards. The Virginia Beach Police Department will be accepting all pharmaceuticals (prescription and over‐the‐counter). This includes pills, liquids, capsules, inhalers, patches, etc.

Green Market Area
Support local businesses at our Green Market Area where small, green, local and fair-trade vendors will have products for sale.

NEW! Zen Zone | 11 am - 4 pm
Get centered with yoga demos, massages and more!

Trashion Show | 1pm
Students from Landstown High School Fashion Marketing program will present a unique fashion show featuring original student designs that have been constructed from 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

Other Attractions

  • Enjoy live music featuring Starcoast at 11:15 am The Futuros at 1:45 pm.
  • 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: Bring in your aluminum cans to be recycled! The school that turns in the most pounds wins a cash prize of $250! Each student who turns in cans at the event will receive a small prize.

Earth Day 2015 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 2015, please call Anne Marie Studds at 757-385-0472 (TTY: dial 711), E-mail amstudds@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