Recycle Drive set to return

Published 9:06 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Suffolk will have another chance to declutter and properly dispose of no longer needed items.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful is hosting a Recycling Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 20, in the parking lot of Nansemond River High School, 3301 Nansemond Parkway, for Suffolk residents only.

This will be a drive-through event to recycle unwanted things, including electronics (no tube TV’s), gently used clothing, wares, batteries, plastic bottles and jugs #1 & #2, cardboard, paper, magazines, plastic bags and glass containers.

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“This is a convenient one-stop-shop of things you want to get rid of,” said Wayne Jones, litter control coordinator for Suffolk Public Works. “We will recycle what we can or properly dispose of things we can’t.”

The drive will also collect household hazardous waste like gasoline, antifreeze, cleaners, CFL lightbulbs and more. The disposal of these items is limited to five gallons of liquid or 75 pounds of solid waste.

Secure document shredding is also available for those cleaning out files for tax season. The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to take advantage of this to protect against identity theft. There will be a three-grocery-bag limit for shredding personal documents during busy periods.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation; thus, we must remain vigilant to safeguard our privacy,” said Sheriff E.C. Harris.

To continue its support of ForKids, Keep Suffolk Beautiful will accept donations of nonperishable food items, deodorant, toiletries, hand soap, dish soap and other things that make bubbles.

“Right now, our organization has an urgent need for cleaning supplies,” Zakkiyya Anderson, the ForKids community engagement coordinator. “These donations will help support families and children experiencing housing crises.”

The Lions Club will also be there to sell their popular brooms and collect eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Also, Suffolk Mosquito Control will provide information and free mosquito dunks to help residents control mosquito populations near their home. A Suffolk ID is required to receive a free pack of two dunks with instructions.

The recycling drive is for Suffolk residents only, and an ID is required for bringing household hazardous waste. All who attend are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing while unloading items from their vehicle.

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