Trash & Recycling News: E-CARE at Yorktown Saturday, April 23

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Trash and Recycling

April 15, 2022

Spring E-CARE is Back at Yorktown April 23

Spring ECARE

E-CARE, Arlington's big spring drop-off pop-up event for household hazardous materials (HHM), old electronics, small metal items and more returns to Yorktown High School on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Earth Day weekend.


The safe, quick disposal drive-through is the perfect cap to household spring cleaning. 


Donated bicycles will be collected by Bikes for the World to provide healthy basic transportation for people overseas.


Pro tip: Pack vehicles in reverse order of E-CARE drop-off. Electronics go in first, HHM next, then lastly and most accessible – metals and bicycles. It’ll make unloading much faster. And be sure to check with neighbors for opportunities to combine loads and save trips.


Full disclosure: Those on foot or bike get super-fast VIP treatment.


The County collected almost 95,000 pounds of household hazardous materials at Spring E-CARE 2021 and another 77,000 pounds at last year’s fall version.


E-CARE is open to Arlington residents only so bring ID or be prepared to name every County Manager in order starting with good ol' 1, Roy Braden. 


No commercial waste will be accepted at E-CARE.


Earth Day Approaches, Mother Feels Ignored


Climate issues are unsettling. Hotter summers. Shorter winters. Harder rains here, no rains there. Daily reminders of an unhappy planet.


Experts will tell you that among the best ways to manage the headlines is by finding local, tangible ways to make some difference. And by spending more time outdoors.


With a pandemic apparently ebbing after two very long years, April 2022 and beyond are the right time to do what we can, together.


Some earthly highlights of happenings and to-do's around Arlington.


charge buggy

Arlington Recycles on Four Wheels

A deft DES team figured out how to take buggies retired at the Water Pollution Control Plant, equip them with solar panels and give them new careers jump-starting dead Arlington Public Schools buses. (And hauling brush in a pinch.) The DES Equipment Shop maintains all County and APS vehicles.


The Best Time to Go Solar

Arlington Solar and EV Charger Co-op memberships are now being accepted through August. More than 100 Arlington families installed solar through the co-op last year. Join "a built-in network of support and inspiration [of people] taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy."


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No Filters on Arlington Storm Drains

Before starting a home improvement project, plan where you or your contractor will clean up. Never dump or wash anything on your driveway or the street gutter. Only rain in the storm drain


Keep Up with Your County Environmental Services

Follow the Arlington Department of Environmental Services on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates and tips.