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Keep Virginia Beautiful Brings National Recycling Celebration to Richmond

KVB and RMA hosts Recycling Event to celebrate America Recycles DaySM

On Tuesday November 15th, Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.  KVB will host an electronics recycling and document shredding event – Richmond Recycles Day! In addition, paper, plastic bags, bottles, cans, and cardboard will be collected for recycling.  The event is from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Retail Merchants Association (RMA) Building at 5101 Monument Ave in Richmond near Willow Lawn.


Residents and businesses can bring up to one pickup truck full of electronics from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm or until the trailers are full.  In addition to document shredding, recycling collection will include aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass bottles and plastic bags.  Participants who bring ten used plastic bags for recycling will receive a handy, reusable bag (one per person, while supplies last). The recycling events are supported by Waste Management, LG Electronics USA (LG),  Keep America Beautiful, TFC Recycling, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority(CVWMA), Gone 4 Good Shred, and Trex.  Waste Management will transport the electronics to one of their U.S. regional recycling centers and break the product down into saleable commodities such as plastics, metals and glass. Downstream vendors will further process the commodities into reusable forms and new products will be made from the recovered materials. LG Electronics hopes to incorporate some of those recovered materials back into its own products.


The following items will be accepted for electronic recycling: Cell phones | Computers/CPUs | Computer monitors | Computer peripherals (mouse, speakers, etc.) | Consumer electronics (DVD players, alarm clocks, etc.)| Fax machines | Home and office phones | Keyboards |Printers | Stereos |Televisions | VCRs.


The following items will not be accepted: Any unit with sludge or liquids | Dehumidifiers | Household hazardous waste |Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washer dryers, etc.) | Microwaves | Non-decontaminated medical equipment | Smoke alarms and detectors.


The following items will be accepted for all other recycling purposes: Office paper | Plastic bags (grocery, bread, dry cleaning) | Plastic bottles | Aluminum and steel cans | Cardboard. [glass bottles and jars]


“We are very proud supporters of KVB’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in Richmond.  Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs.  Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year,” said Brenda Pulley, Vice President of Recycling Programs at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day.


For more information about all things green in Virginia, visit  To find the nearest drop off for all your recycling needs including batteries, CFLs, household hazardous waste, etc., visit



About America Recycles Day
America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at


About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of over 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more, visit


About Keep Virginia Beautiful

KVB is a 58 year old organization whose mission is “to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment”.  Our goals include becoming a statewide voice, providing a framework for improved communication and collaboration, cultivating and supporting sustainable programs, and engaging citizens by linking them to volunteer opportunities and information through our 5 impact areas: Litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, beautification, and education.


About LG Electronics USA Inc.

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. For more information, please visit


About Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit or Waste Management Recycling Services is a subsidiary of Waste Management and is the largest residential recycler in North America. WM Recycle America’s business lines include processing many types of consumer-generated recyclables and finding the best markets for the recyclable commodities produced. In its capacity of providing processing and marketing services, WM Recycle America offers a wide variety of recycling options for municipal, manufacturing, commercial and residential customers.


About Retail Merchants Association

The Retail Merchants Association is a Richmond, Virginia-based trade association that represents retailers and related businesses.  The RMA provides its members with resources in advocacy, networking and information to enhance their image and profitability. Founded in 1906, the RMA is the business association of choice for successful retail businesses and allows its members to utilize the RMA’s Think. Shop. Buy. Local® campaign, which encourages shoppers to think about the many advantages of shopping locally and to buy local whenever possible.  The Retail Merchants Association is well-known for its signature events such as the First Friday Forum, the annual Valor Awards honoring our local First Responders, and the annual Retail Marketing Expo held each August.