Do you have plans for some serious spring cleaning? It’s the time of year when many of us purge old, unused items, declutter and get a fresh, reorganized start in our homes. This year, please think beyond your recycle bin when it comes to cleaning out your closet, garage or attic.

The City of Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center has received national and state-wide recognition for its efforts rebranding the facility and for industry excellence. Items that can be placed in residents’ blue bins for curbside pickup are also accepted at the Recycling Drop-Off Center if you are looking to do a lot of recycling. The Resource Recovery Center accepts yard debris, electronics, plastic bags, batteries and much more. They also accept donations of clothing, shoes, books and other household items. For a complete list of accepted waste, visit

In Newport News, the city operates a residential waste drop-off and composting facility that accepts all the regular recyclables along with an unlimited amount of brush and non-contaminated soil, dirt, concrete and brick. Visit to learn more.

The idea is to make recycling as easy as it can be so less and less discards end up in the landfill. Be sure to check into the options in your own city, and consider one of many convenient area donations centers—Goodwill, CHKD Thrift Stores, The Salvation Army, etc.—for clothing, furniture and appliances. Never forget the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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