Litter and Recycling Expo hopes to attract larger crowds with new services

Staff writer

Peg Boarman likes to talk trash.

The Clean County Commission chairwoman hopes to have a large audience at the county’s fifth annual Litter and Recycling Expo Saturday, which features new recycling services intended to bring more people out. Not only to recycle but also learn about litter prevention and recycling.

“We’ve got a lot of things to offer,” Boarman said. “I wanted things that will be a draw for everyone.”

The expo will bring together numerous waste and recycling organizations to provide recycling and information to the public at Jolly Pond Convenience Center. The event is free and open to all county residents and businesses. In addition to recycling services, people can find information booths, kids’ activities and giveaways, Boarman said.

New this year is latex paint recycling provided by Coastal Virginia Environmental Coatings and a ReStore truck, which will be on hand to receive unwanted furniture. Attendees can also arrange for furniture pickups, Boarman said.

The event attracts about 50 people annually. Boarman hopes that more people will turn out this year, in part so she can spread the good word about recycling.

One thing more people could learn about is how to dispose of plastic shopping bags. People will sometimes throw them into their recycling bin without realizing they aren’t easily recyclable. They have a tendency to get caught in the conveyor belts used by most facilities to sort curbside recycling materials, Boarman said.

Luckily, people can bring their plastic bags to the event to be recycled. Other items that will be collected range from mixed paper and aluminum cans to 20-pound propane tanks and some types of batteries, according to an event flyer.

Both the Clean County Commission and Keep James City County Beautiful will have representatives on site with information about volunteering opportunities in litter prevention, recycling and community beautification, too.

The event honors America Recycles Day, which is held Nov. 15. The James City Clean County Commission and Keep James City County Beautiful partner to hold to the event with Solid Waste and Recycling.

“I think it’s an opportunity for everybody to learn something,” Boarman said.

The following household items will be recycled at the event:

  • aluminum cans
  • antifreeze
  • cardboard
  • clothing and shoes
  • electronics
  • foil and pie cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • home decor
  • kitchen grease
  • kitchenware
  • metal cans and lids
  • mixed paper
  • motor oil
  • latex paint
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic bags
  • 20-pound propane tanks
  • rechargeable and lead-acid batteries
  • scrap metal

More information

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Jolly Pond Convenience Center, 1204 Jolly Pond Road.

Cost: Free.

For more information, call the environmental sustainability coordinator at 757-259-5375 or visit

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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