Residents take out the trash

Published 9:16 pm Thursday, September 19, 2019

Suffolk residents came out on Sept. 14 to the Lowe’s parking lot on North Main Street for the Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day held by Keep Suffolk Beautiful.

About 300 cars visited the parking lot on Sept. 14, according to Wayne Jones of Keep Suffolk Beautiful. Hundreds of people seized the opportunity to dispose of tires, household hazardous waste, electronics and more.

“The weather was lovely, and we had a great turnout,” Jones said.

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The recycling drive was for Suffolk residents only, and the haul included 560 pounds of cardboard, 1,300 tires and lots of batteries and plastic bags. Residents were also able up to shred three brown grocery bags’ worth of documents on-site.

According to Jones, they shredded 3,750 pounds of documents by the end of the day.

“Shredding was non-stop,” Jones said.

Four hundred pounds of canned food and other non-perishables were donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, and the Suffolk Lions Club collected hearing aids and eyeglasses.

Jones was grateful to Lowe’s for hosting the event, and for all the volunteer support, including the Izaak Walton League and Zeta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful will hold another recycling drive on Nov. 16 in the Goodwill parking lot at Harbour View, 6540 Hampton Roads Parkway. Tires will not be accepted at this event.

Call 514-7604 or email for more information.