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County Offers Businesses Cost-Effective Way to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

County Offers Businesses Cost-Effective Way to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun County's Department of Construction and Waste Management will host a Business Hazardous Waste Program event from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility located on 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg.

The Business Hazardous Waste Program provides a cost effective way for eligible county businesses, organizations, and agencies to dispose of small quantities of hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.  Businesses and organizations located in Loudoun County that generate less than 220 lbs. of hazardous waste or 2.2 lbs. of acute hazardous waste in a calendar month and never accumulate more than 2200 lbs. of hazardous waste at any time are eligible to participate in this program. 

Leesburg Receives “Tree City USA” Designation for 22nd Year

Leesburg Receives “Tree City USA” Designation for 22nd Year

From the Town of Leesburg – The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated the Town of Leesburg as a “Tree City USA” for the 22nd straight year.  A community must meet four standards to be designated as a Tree City USA:  the community must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

The Town of Leesburg celebrated Arbor Day 2011 on April 16, 2011 at the Flower & Garden Festival, with Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Tree Commission Chair Tom Seeman officially receiving the Tree City USA award from Virginia District Forester Bryant Bays.

“I want to congratulate our hard-working Tree Commission and all of the citizens of Leesburg for their efforts over the past two decades to preserve and build the Town’s tree canopy,” said Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, on receiving the award.

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun County is gearing up for Bike to Work Day, set for Friday, May 20, 2011. Both new and experienced cyclists are encouraged to register for this free event at www.waba.org or by calling 202-518-0524. Free T-shirts are available for the first 9,000 registrants in the region.

The Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services will host two of 49 Bike to Work Day pit stops in the region, where participants can pick-up free T-shirts and giveaways, enjoy refreshments and enter prize raffles. The Loudoun pit stops will be located along the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, rain or shine in:

• Leesburg at Raflo Park on Harrison Street, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; and

• Sterling at the trail entrance to Orbital Sciences Corporation, just east of Route 28, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Daisy Girl Scouts Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Daisy Girl Scouts Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Members of Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 825 from Tolbert Elementary School in Leesburg visited the Loudoun County landfill recently for a tour, and saw - among other sights - a large machine with a claw that grabbed scrap metal and lifted it into a metal box for recycling.

The Loudoun County landfill is located at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Tours are currently being scheduled for July through November. Please call 703-771-5514 for more information.

Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Old Town Manassas Features George Carr Round

The 27th annual Arbor Day Celebration, presented by the City of Manassas Beautification Committee, will be held on Fri., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Old Courthouse lawn in Old Town Manassas, featuring guest speaker, George Carr Round, a Union Army Signal Corps veteran, played by Doug Nelson of Prince William County, Va.  Round was significant in creating the town of Manassas and organized the 1911 Peace Jubilee. Round will also be at the National Peace Jubilee event on Thurs., July 21 at the Old Courthouse lawn. The Arbor Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Manassas Utilities Department and is FREE to the public. For more information, call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Speedy Green Car Wash Gives Away Tree Seedlings on Earth Day

Speedy Green Car Wash in Manassas Park, Va. is honoring Earth Day, Fri., April 22, by giving away 100 tree seedlings to the first 100 customers who would like to have a tree. Committed to recycling 100 percent of their car wash water, Speedy Green Car Wash is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and encourages their customers to find ways to give back to the environment. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.


Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

I am a Nerd Chick, but first and foremost I define myself by one word: Mommy. As a parent of young children, I can’t help but see the world through their eyes. My son celebrates the drive to the park, exclaiming “Look at all the TREES, Mommy! Mommy, there are TEN trees!” I love his pure joy with the world around him, and I would love to preserve that world for his generation and the generations to come. When I look around the house and see the bevy of old techno gadgets, batteries, ink cartridges and electronic toys the kids have outgrown, I wonder: is there a safe way to dispose of these things? We can all help our community by donating, recycling and/or safely disposing of old techno gadgets. Let’s help save the world this Earth Day, one monitor at a time!

Your first stop should be the EPA website  for an extensive list of companies that offer take backs, mail-in or even trade-in incentive programs for your e-waste products. For example, Office Depot applies a $2 cash award to your rewards card for each printer ink cartridge you turn in, and Sprint has a “Buy Back” program that gives Sprint customers an account credit for returning eligible Sprint or Nextel model of phones. There are also links to where to recycle any electronic device, like computers, printers, televisions and monitors.

If you’re not sure if you should sell or donate the gadget you’re ready to replace, enter the make and model number at www.ecosquid.com. After answering a few quick questions about the shape it’s in and the parts you have for it, you’ll be provided with a list of options for selling or recycling in your area. The account you create is free, and you can earn points for reselling or recycling your tech that you can use in their gadget store.

Would you like to do something for the environment AND help our servicemen and women? The “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for U.S troops stationed overseas. Cards are given to the soldiers’ families to stay in touch with their loved-ones in the field. You can donate any cell phone by visiting http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com and clicking on “Donate a Phone” to get a pre-paid mailing label, or find local drop sites in your area. Before donating your used cell phone, just make sure that your personal data has been removed. Security experts recommend that you first log out of all internet-based remote accounts the phone is linked to, then “factory reset” your handset before passing it on. If you’re not transferring the SIM card to another handset, you’ll want to step on it, crush it or chop it up with scissors.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to recycle and donate to help others in your community, you can donate locally to charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Many are considered e-waste certified, so they can properly dispose of any gadgets deemed un-sellable. Proceeds from working gadgets you donate help families in need in your local community, and any donations you make are tax-deductible. Go to www.salvationarmy.org and follow the locations link on the left side of the page, or http://locator.goodwill.org/ to locate a drop-off center near you.

Lastly, one of the best tech-savvy ways to help the environment is to consider waiting before you run out and buy that new gadget. I know, I know, it’s hard to pass up the shiny new toy (even harder to convince the kids to!), but holding out for the second, or even third, round of a product gives the manufacturer time to work out any development kinks. Buying later can save you money as most manufacturers will lower the price on the first generation gadget when they release a new version. The old saying, “patience is a virtue” can reduce electronic waste and save you a bit of cash too!

Do you have a tech-savvy way you’re helping to preserve the environment this Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it. Send us a note on Facebook (facebook.com/nerdsoncall) or email us at nerdchick@callnerds.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .