Suffolk takes action to ‘go green’

Suffolk, Va. – The Suffolk Clean Community Commission’s Recycling Drive & Tire Amnesty Day held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, continued to help bring about a cleaner, green Suffolk, officials say.

The event was held in the Lowe’s Store parking lot on North Main Street. More than 200 donors stepped up with their environmental stewardship – despite damp and foggy weather conditions.

The Suffolk Clean Community Commission, along with members of the Izaak Walton League, Suffolk Master Gardeners, Goodwill Industries, City of Suffolk Mosquito Control Department, City of Suffolk Public Works Refuse Division, TFC Recycling, and Cintas Shredding offered their services to this event, making a powerful impact.

Goodwill was on-site to collect used electronics, cell phones, appliances, clothing, furniture and other donations with recyclable donation totals reaching approximately 5,500 pounds.

Cintas shredded 3,095 pounds of sensitive documents.

TFC Recycling donated a roll-off container that collected 300 pounds of co-mingled items such as glass, newspaper, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and cardboard.

Tire Amnesty proved to be the most popular attraction of the day with a total of 864 tires collected. 71 of those tires were still on the rim. 793 of those tires were brought in without rims. Four of those were large tractor tires.

This event was also sponsored by Suffolk’s National Night Out Committee. National Night Out offers communities an opportunity to clean-up their neighborhoods and say no to crime.

The next Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day is set for Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road.

For more information, contact Crystal Boyd, Suffolk Litter Control Coordinator, at (757) 514-7604 or cboyd@suffolkva.us.

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