October 28, 2012

What is a "Convenience Center"?

Signs and labels are not always enlightening or helpful.

For example, did you know that local "Convenience Center" signs designate drop-off recycling centers? Or that all three James City County Convenience Centers are now accepting almost all #1-7 plastic food containers, as well as cardboard and old appliances. As Dana Harvey would say in his famous Church Lady skits, "How convenient!"

So start rinsing out your plastic yogurt and sour cream containers and rigid takeout boxes and stack them under your sink until you will be near one of the three convenience centers.

Hours are very convenient:

Jolly Pond Road - 1204 Jolly Pond Rd. - 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. Other recyclables taken at Jolly Pond Road are kitchen grease, waste motor oil and antifreeze, tires*, propane tanks*, scrap metal (including appliances), and brush*. (*coupons required). When using this facility, residents are urged to allow ample time to unload vehicles prior to the 5 p.m. closing.

Tewning Road - 107 Tewning Rd. - Monday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed - Sunday. Waste motor oil, antifreeze, and kitchen grease accepted.

Toano Convenience Center - 185 Industrial Blvd. (Hankins Industrial Park) - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., seven days a week. Other recyclables taken at the Toano Convenience Center are tires (coupons required), automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, metal appliances, and kitchen grease.

The Convenience Centers are closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. On Christmas Eve, all centers will close at noon.

Just last month I complained of no local markets for the many plastics that fill up our landfills. But Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) found one in New York State. Tracy Hofmeyer, VPPSA Coordinator, says, "The three convenience centers will now accept most #1-7 food and household containers, but NOT plastic toys or chairs or ANY styrofoam--including styrofoam clamshell containers, coffee cups or coolers--even though they may have #6 on them. We also cannot accept plastic bags or rigid plastic plant pots."

So what to do with those used pots? Green kudos to Ken Matthews Garden Center in Yorktown, Anderson's Garden Showplace in Newport News and Hampton's Countryside Gardens who will recycle them. Ask your local garden stores to do the same.