Williamsburg to collect difficult-to-recycle items Saturday

Do you have tires, lawnmower batteries or scrap metal taking up space at home?

Williamsburg can help you recycle those items and other difficult-to-recycle items for free at its Recycle Day event Saturday.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents may bring items to the city’s public works complex on Armistead Avenue to be recycled. Public works staff will be available to help unload items, according to a city news release.

“This event promotes environmental stewardship through appropriate disposal and recycling methods, not to mention that it shows that even items like bowling balls, safety glasses and mechanical pencils don’t have to go to the landfill,” Paul Reeser, a Williamsburg public works department supervisor, said in the release.

The event is made possible through a $1,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the release states.

Acceptable items include:

  • Tires, either on or off the rim. There’s a limit of 10 tires per resident.
  • 12- or 6-volt batteries (standard car or lawnmower batteries).
  • Sealed motor oil.
  • Used oil filters.
  • Sealed antifreeze.
  • Scrap metals, including bikes, appliances without Freon and vehicle parts.
  • Safety gear, including ear plugs, gloves, disposable garments, glasses.
  • Pens, mechanical pencils, markers and caps.
  • Sports balls, such as footballs, tennis balls, bowling balls and golf balls.

Alkaline batteries cannot be recycled at this event.

For more information, call the public works department at 757-220-6140.

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