(Virginia Beach, VA) Despite last Saturdays cold and damp weather, 106 E-cycling Event volunteers were eager to collect electronic and household hazardous waste from over 600 vehicles in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Centers east parking lot. Event partners shared the results.
City of Virginia Beach Public Works painted the town by collecting 8,320 lbs. of latex paint. Second in popularity were batteries with 820 lbs. An additional 43 propane tanks were collected.
Everything from TVs to printers to phones netted Goodwill Industries 44,204 lbs. of electronic waste.
TFC Recycling collected 396 lbs. of recyclable waste which included paper, glass, plastic and aluminum based products.
All of the collected waste, which totals 53,740 lbs. or 27 tons, was diverted from the landfill.
Additionally, voluntary donations from citizens totaled $1,000. This money is earmarked for the Aquarium’s Green Team and their efforts to promote sustainable practices in their operations and the community at large.
In In addition to individual volunteers the Virginia Aquarium also gathered several groups which included students from Indian River High School Gamma Kappa Omega members, Landstown High School National Honor Society, and Norfolk State University League of Extraordinary Men and League of Extraordinary Women; the USN Junior Enlisted Association affiliated with Aviation Support Detachment Norfolk; the Navy Marine Intelligence Training Center; and Portfolio Recovery Associates staff.
Virginia Aquarium Director of Research and Conservation Mark Swingle said, “We could not host this event if it wasn’t for our partners, volunteers and citizens who clearly waste not.”