Items that CAN be recycled in Waste Management Convenience Center Recycle Bins
See the recycling process in action from Millennium Recycling Inc. Recycling Process
Gloucester county residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle and every little bit that is recycled helps! In 2012, 25.6% of the county's waste was diverted from the landfill through recycling efforts. State-wide, Virginian's recycled more than 3.9 million tons of material in 2012. The statewide recycling rate was 41.5%. Please join in these efforts by recycling at your home and/or business.
Items for recycling must be taken to and are accepted at each of the Convenience Centers in Gloucester County. Please rinse all glass and plastic containers. Paper and cardboard should be dry and free of grease and debris.
What CAN be recycled in Gloucester County:
Paper - a variety of paper and cardboard products are recyclable, including phone books, newspaper and magazines, corrugated cardboard (flattened), cardboard box packaging (i.e., cereal boxes), paper bags, office paper and envelopes, and junk mail.
A note about shredded paper. The value of recycled paper is related to the length of the paper fibers - the longer the fiber the higher the value. Shredding decreases the fiber length lowering the value and decreasing demand.
Strip-cut shredded paper can be recycled but is of little value to the paper industry. Shred only what needs to be shredded. Make sure no foreign materials (shredded credit cards, other plastics, non-paper materials, stickers, etc.) are mixed in with the paper. Place the shredded paper in a paper (not plastic) bag, staple the bag closed, and mark it "Shredded Paper." Loose shredded paper placed in the recycle bin creates litter, contaminates other materials making them less marketable, and slows the sorting process.
Crosscut or confetti-cut shredded paper is of no value and there is no demand for crosscut or confetti-cut shredded paper in the paper industry. It cannot be recycled. Re-purpose crosscut or confetti-cut shredded paper as packing material, animal bedding, part of a compost mix, or placed it in the regular trash.
Plastic - plastics with numbers 1 through 7 in the recycle symbol are recyclable in the county, including milk, drink and detergent jugs, plastic drink bottles, yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, and pigmented plastic containers.
Plastic lids and caps can be recycled.
Metal - a variety of metal items are accepted for recycling including metal cans, aluminum cans, empty and dry paint cans, and empty aerosol cans that have no slosh or hiss.
Aluminum Beverage Cans may be deposited at one of the Giving Garden Foundation's Can Cottages located at the Abingdon Ruritan Club on Guinea Road, Main Street Shopping Center on Main Street in Gloucester, or Mathews High School Buckley Hall Road in Mathews.
Glass - glass items are recyclable, as well, including glass jars, containers, and bottles - clear, brown, and green.
View a copy of Gloucester's Recycling Brochure here.
Other items recyclable throughout Gloucester County
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Gloucester Home Depot and Lowes stores accept non-working, unbroken CFL bulbs for responsible disposal. Ask a store associate for assistance. (Please note that older fluorescent tube light bulbs are considered household hazardous waste and can be dropped off twice per year at the Household Hazardous Waste collection dates or the they can be recycled by going to LampTracker website and requesting a box to return the bulbs in. There is a shipping fee.)
Metal clothes hangers can be recycled by taking them back to the two Village Cleaners locations either 6870 George Washington Memorial Highway Gloucester, VA 23061 or 6626 Gloucester Street Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061. Do not put them in the convenience center recycle bin.
CDs and DVDs can be recycled by taking them to BEST BUY, do not put them in the curbside recycle container.
Best Buy retail stores accept most electronics (to include tube televisions) for recycling for a fee, nothing over 50 inches. Contact a Best Buy store for details.
Electronics Recycling of Virginia in Hampton will take monitors for $2.00 and TVs 32 inch and under for $5.00 and TVs over 32 inches $10.00.
The Puller Center (VersAbility Resources) accepts computers, computer peripherals, and other electronic devices for recycling (for a small fee.) Computers are 33 cents a lb, monitors are $10.00, and TVs are $25.00. VersAbility is RIOS/R2 Certified and all items are disassembled by people with disabilities. Contact the Puller Center for more information at 804-693-3114.
Franktronics accepts computers for recycling, computer peripherals and other electronic devices. Items can be dropped off during normal business hours from 9 a.m. - 5:30 Monday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the store location: 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway. Call 642-5233 for more information.
Verizon Wireless offers recycling and re-purposing for certain electronic devices. Visit their website for more information.
Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization located in Tappahannock. Their mission is to place educationally-useful equipment into Virginia's schools and non-profit organizations free of charge, while promoting electronics recycling throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. They accept computer related equipment and many other electronic devices. Contact Computer Recycling of Virginia at 804-445-9672.
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Batteries - Auto and marine batteries can be returned to the store when you purchase a new battery and are accepted at most auto part stores in Gloucester. Rechargeable tool batteries can be recycled at the Gloucester Home Depot and Lowes. Regular household alkaline batteries can be put in the trash but lithium, rechargeable and button batteries can be taken to either of the Gloucester libraries where they have collection containers.
Plastic Grocery Bags - Many local grocery stores in Gloucester (including Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Walmart, and Lowes) have containers to collect and recycle plastic grocery bags. There are also collection boxes at both library locations, the hallway at the Treasurer's Office and at the Clean Community Office in Building One.
Larger scrap metal (including junk automobiles) - Several companies offer scrap metal recycling and/or accept junk cars or trucks. Dickey's Auto Recyclers 804-693-5860 accepts junk automobiles. Middlesex Metals, Inc. (Urbanna, VA) 804-758-2916 and Sims Metal Management (Yorktown, VA) 757-599-4940 both accept junk cars and trucks (residents must bring the vehicle to them along with the title and any additional DMV paperwork). They also accept ferrous and non-ferrous metals including copper, brass, aluminum and other metals. They accept items and appliances from homes made of steel, copper, and tin including washers, dryers, refrigerators old air conditioners, metal bikes, metal play sets and swings, discarded piping, electrical wire, satellite dishes. Contact each for more information and rates are subject to change.
Vehicles and Boats - Several charities offer automobile, boat, RV, and truck recycling (depending on the condition) to re-purpose or repair and donate to those in need. A few examples include Boat Angel, Goodwill, and Salvation Army. Contact each for more information.
What CANNOT be recycled at Gloucester County Convenience Centers:
- Grease-stained containers (i.e. pizza boxes)
- Foam food containers
- Light bulbs
- Pots and pans
- Plastic grocery bags
- Used paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
- Aluminum foil food trays
- Styrofoam packaging
- Hardbound books
- Microwave trays from frozen foods
- Glass cookware (i.e., Pyrex)
- Ceramic bowls, dishes and items
- Styrofoam cups
- Small propane canisters and propane tanks for grills
- Metal clothes hangers
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Clean Community office at 693-5370.