askhrgreen.org

askhrgreen.org Answers, resources and inspiration for a cleaner, greener Hampton Roads. As a region-wide public service initiative, askHRgreen.org educates, engages and motivates citizens to make good environmental choices here in Hampton Roads.

By bringing together the 17 local governments (plus the Hampton Roads Sanitation District), we are a force and a resource, working to help you improve and protect our waterways, infrastructure and recycling activities through information and inspiration. If you want to learn more about this environmental program, which is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, or what you can do, just askHRgreen.org Financial support for askHRgreen.org is made possible by the following member localities and agencies: the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the town of Smithfield; and HRSD.

Mission: Our mission is to inspire and arm people with the information needed to be responsible environmental stewards.

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Here's your chance to see the incredible work HRSD is doing to replenish the Potomac Aquifer with drinking water and red...
12/14/2020

Here's your chance to see the incredible work HRSD is doing to replenish the Potomac Aquifer with drinking water and reduce water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay! This innovative new water treatment process is all happening right here in the 757. Check it out!

IT'S LIVE!!!!!!! Our SWIFT Virtual Tour is LIVE!

We're so excited to announce we've been able to take our SWIFT tour experience and make it accessible through the web. Meet us in our virtual SWIFT foyer and find out how HRSD is replenishing the Potomac Aquifer with drinking water quality SWIFT Water.

Take the tour here! http://ow.ly/TXxb50CGSuK

Buying new decorations for your holiday tree home can be fun, but is it really necessary? Take a look around your home… ...
12/11/2020

Buying new decorations for your holiday tree home can be fun, but is it really necessary? Take a look around your home… We’ll bet you can use things you already have, or can easily make, to create something magical, green and, dare we say, more meaningful.

Some ideas to get you started:
Stuff your tree, mantle or window sills with origami stars and critters made from old magazine pages or scrap paper.
Create ornaments from gingerbread cookies. Don’t forget to decorate them.
Create a wreath from your sparkly costume jewelry. That would be a stunner!
Spray paint and/or glitter up pine cones, acorns and dried leaves you’ve gathered from your yard.

Do a quick online search for “eco-friendly holiday decorations” and then let’s get going. This could also be a fun social-distancing activity with your friends and co-workers. We do not, however, condone glitter bombing the boss’s office (unless you send us pictures).

Do you have even more enviro and budget-friendly holiday decorating ideas? Share them with us!

12/04/2020
James River Association

Teacher friends! Check out this FREE webinar from James River Association on engaging students during the times of COVID-19.

Join us for our Virtual Classroom webinar next Tuesday, December 8 at 6pm. You'll get an inside look at JRA's solution to virtual learning, including guests from local public schools that can answer questions about educating students during this unique and challenging time. In the meantime, check out this fantastic virtual field trip our JRA Education Team recently did with Henrico County Public Schools and a big thank you to Sean Connolly for putting the video together! Register to secure your spot today: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0odOGuqTwuGd3Pi2Pw79LopQTf-L8zeG3r

🎁Hey, it’s Giving Tuesday. And what a nice reminder to support a local non-profit that means something to you.🎁In fact, ...
12/01/2020

🎁Hey, it’s Giving Tuesday. And what a nice reminder to support a local non-profit that means something to you.🎁

In fact, this year for the holidays, why not give the gift of charity and donate to a green cause on someone’s behalf? OR turn it around and ask that a loved one donate on your behalf. 🤗

Have a favorite local, environmental charity you’d like to give a shout out to?

❓Question. Do you have a plastic bag brimming full of plastic bags in the closet? Maybe a pile of bubble wrap somewhere?...
11/27/2020

❓Question. Do you have a plastic bag brimming full of plastic bags in the closet? Maybe a pile of bubble wrap somewhere? You CAN recycle that thin plastic, only not in your home recycling bin.
😕
Why? It can’t be recycled like paper and metal cans. Take thin plastic items like bags and wraps to a proper recycling spot. That includes your neighborhood grocery store, retail store or home improvement store.

Do you have a favorite recycling meme? Let’s see it!

Going to the grocery store? You have a great opportunity to reduce waste from the start.How? Bag those plastic grocery b...
11/26/2020

Going to the grocery store? You have a great opportunity to reduce waste from the start.

How? Bag those plastic grocery bags and take in your REUSABLE TOTE.

Think how good you’ll feel knowing you’re bringing home your green veggies in “green” bags. That just feels right, doesn’t it?

11/25/2020

Those thin plastic bags that seem to multiply when your back is turned? They CAN be recycled, but NOT in your curbside recycling bin. They simply need to go to the proper recycling bins, usually found at grocery stores and other retail locations.

Need another reason to pick up something extra for dinner at the grocery store? Just make it a plastic recycling run at the same time and you’re good to go.

Will you be shopping for your Thanksgiving fest this weekend? If so, here's a quick way from Save the Food to know you'r...
11/20/2020
Guestimator - Save The Food

Will you be shopping for your Thanksgiving fest this weekend? If so, here's a quick way from Save the Food to know you're buying only what you need. Save money and cut back on food waste this Thanksgiving by getting the perfect portion sizes and just the right amount of leftovers for all the turkey sandwiches and potato pancakes your heart desires.

I planned my dinner menu with The Guest-imator. Estimate how much food you need @SaveTheFood https://savethefood.com/guestimator

We’re getting close to holiday gifting time,🎁 and if you’re racing against the clock ⏰ to get your holiday shopping done...
11/20/2020

We’re getting close to holiday gifting time,🎁 and if you’re racing against the clock ⏰ to get your holiday shopping done, we have some suggestions that could reduce your hectic experience AND help you be a good environmental steward...

🌟Idea #1: Skip the mall and scrolling through Amazon… Create something from your heart. 💝There are so many great ideas you and your family can create together, and you know Grandma will love it even more!

🌟Idea #2: Choose gifts that don’t use wasteful packaging. These could be gift certificates, tickets to a show, 🎟 or things that are just more responsibly packaged with reusable or recyclable materials.

🌟Idea #3: Show off your baking skills (we know you’ve been binging on The Great British Baking Show!) and give the gift of scrummy homemade treats. 🧁Yes, please!

What ideas can you share?

How about some good news to start your Friday? The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River is fully restored for oyster ha...
11/20/2020
Elizabeth River Project

How about some good news to start your Friday? The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River is fully restored for oyster habitat! A wonderful accomplishment powered by our friends at Elizabeth River Project. 🥳

The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, the most ailing section of an urban river once thought dead, today was feted as the second tributary in Virginia to achieve this coveted status: Fully restored for oyster habitat. And what was the first such tributary, thanks to partners and supporters like you? The Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth, in 2018.

Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam boarded our Dominion Energy Learning Barge to celebrate this latest great news for Liz and announce $10 million he's included in his new state budget for oyster restoration Virginia-wide. That's wonderful. But the miracle for us is how far we've come with this river - and ESPECIALLY how far we've come as a region with implementing Elizabeth River Project's 2014 plan for restoring the Eastern Branch.

🤚While you’re doing all of that holiday shopping, keep the THIN plastic out of your curbside recycling bin. Why? It’ll m...
11/19/2020

🤚While you’re doing all of that holiday shopping, keep the THIN plastic out of your curbside recycling bin. Why? It’ll make a big mess, tangling things up at the recycling center where it can’t be processed like other recyclables.

So what’s thin plastic, you ask?

It’s the plastic bags you get at checkout. It’s the bags your newspaper, drycleaning, bread, rice, and veggies come in. It’s also the plastic wrap around toilet paper, paper towels, and cases of water bottles, as well as bubble wrap and shipping labels. THAT STUFF. ♻️♻️♻️♻️♻️

Take it to recycling deposit spots that can process it. Those places include your neighborhood grocery stores, home improvement stores and other retail shops.

Good job, green hero! 🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️

11/18/2020

🙌Don’t put that thin plastic in YOUR curbside bin;
it can’t be recycled like glass, paper and tin.

One perfect spot is the store you adore;
you ALREADY shop there for groceries and more.

Also, retail and home stores can recycle your bags.
It’s so very convenient; it won’t be a drag.

Want to know more about recycling plastic?
Go to askHRgreen dot org; it’s fantastic!
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Are you one of those cooks who has a bowl of “drippings” in the refrigerator? It typically comes from bacon, 🥓but any ki...
11/12/2020

Are you one of those cooks who has a bowl of “drippings” in the refrigerator? It typically comes from bacon, 🥓but any kind of fat, oil or grease could be collected and stored in the fridge. 🍳

Whether it’s used or not, it’s a very “green” thing to do. ✅ That’s because it means that you are most likely NOT putting it down the kitchen drain, which could lead to lots of trouble. We’re talking clogs. Back-ups. Kitchen mayhem. 🧨

Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel to absorb the grease before they go in the wash. Share a meme that shows us your face when fats, oils or grease cause havoc down the drain!

Here on Veteran’s Day, we encourage you to take some time to personally connect with a veteran you know and learn from t...
11/11/2020

Here on Veteran’s Day, we encourage you to take some time to personally connect with a veteran you know and learn from their experiences. 🔴⚪️🔵

And to all our veterans, we thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice to keep this country strong and free. 🇺🇸🦅

What would you like to say to the veterans out there? 💬

Wouldn’t you like your neighborhood plumber to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving at his own house rather than being called o...
11/06/2020

Wouldn’t you like your neighborhood plumber to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving at his own house rather than being called out to fix issues at yours? Of course you would! One way to do that is to keep those cooking leftovers and dinner scraps—the fats, the oil and the grease—out of your drains! ❌

That stuff can block your pipes, causing overflows into your home or onto your neighborhood streets, 🏘 down area storm drains, and into local waterways .🌊

So a word of advice: Can the grease, scrape your plates and catch your scraps! Your pipes and drains will thank you. 🥰And so will everything that lives in our waterways. 🐟🦀🐬

What’s YOUR favorite way to keep all that stuff from getting into your pipes?

Here’s a little ditty so your pipes stay smooth and pretty. It’s all about the cooking grease, 🥓The fats, the oil that t...
11/05/2020

Here’s a little ditty so your pipes stay smooth and pretty.

It’s all about the cooking grease, 🥓
The fats, the oil that that you should cease 🍕
Putting down the kitchen drain.
If you do, prepare for pain! 😫

That gook becomes a clog and then,
the overflow’s not IF, it’s WHEN.

What to do to stop the mess?
Do the following for success...

Put the grease into a can, 🥫
Chill and toss it, that’s the plan.

Scrape your plates into the trash 🥗
Food scraps too, there’s no backlash.

Fats, oil and grease—and drains—don’t mix.
askHRgreen.org for more tricks. 👩‍💻

Well folks, we’re heading into 🦃holiday time🎄and you know what that means… CLOGGED DRAINS!Not what you expected us to sa...
11/04/2020

Well folks, we’re heading into 🦃holiday time🎄and you know what that means… CLOGGED DRAINS!

Not what you expected us to say, was it? But it’s true. With all the holiday cooking and baking, dinner preparing and hors d’ oeuvres making, your pipes could take a beating. Here’s how to keep things running smoothly: Don’t put fats, oils or grease down your drains. In addition to cooking oil and cooking grease, avoid:
🛑 meat fats 🥩
🛑 lard/shortening
🛑 butter/margarine 🧈
🛑 food scraps👩‍💻
🛑 dairy products 🧀
🛑 batters and icing 🎂
🛑 dressings and sauces

Question: Considering all this, do you think it’s a good idea to use a garbage disposal? 🤷‍♀️

TFC Recycling
11/03/2020

TFC Recycling

Sauce cans, baking tins, wine bottles - everything you need for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner... but can you ♻️ recycle them?

Our Educational Coordinator, Kathy Russell, has all the answers for you! Join us here on November 10th @ 11:30 AM ET for a Recycle Right Facebook Live - 🦃Thanksgiving edition.

🌎 💪Hey, fellow Eco Warriors, did you know there is a TREASURE TROVE of resources at your disposal at askHRgreen.org? It’...
10/30/2020

🌎 💪Hey, fellow Eco Warriors, did you know there is a TREASURE TROVE of resources at your disposal at askHRgreen.org? It’s true.

🧰 Our Media Toolkit has ads, brochures, posters, presentations, publications, radio spots, videos, tip cards and other assets just sitting there ready to be downloaded and shared.

They cover all sorts of topics from💧 clean water and waterways to ♻️ recycling and reusing, from 🏠 greening up homes and businesses to 🍃smarter yard and landscaping management.

These materials are especially useful for
✅ civic leagues,
✅ community groups
✅ homeowners associations
✅ schools, clubs
✅ businesses
✅ any organization with an interest in improving neighborhoods and communities

We’re here to help your community make good environmental decisions!
https://askhrgreen.org/media-toolkit

Trick or treat,Smell my feet,Please keep litter off the street!Halloween Eve is here and whether your plans include tric...
10/30/2020
Tricks & Treats for a Green Halloween in 2020 - AskHRGreen

Trick or treat,
Smell my feet,
Please keep litter off the street!

Halloween Eve is here and whether your plans include trick or treating or staying at home, we have some great, green ways to celebrate. See what spooky fun we've brewed up for you on the Green Living blog.

#halloween2020 #757halloween #LitterFreeHalloween

Trick or treat, Smell my feet, Please keep litter off the street! Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays but as with everything else in 2020, our celebration will look a little different this year. While our home is still covered in spooky decor, there will be no big Halloween party wi...

Looking at giving eco-friendly Halloween treats to the kiddos? Here are some ideas that will make you (and them) happy!C...
10/29/2020

Looking at giving eco-friendly Halloween treats to the kiddos? Here are some ideas that will make you (and them) happy!
Candy in boxes (cardboard is recyclable)
Candy wrapped in foil (foil is recyclable)
Temporary tattoos
Pencils and fun erasers
Canned drinks (aluminum is recyclable)
Coins

What else can you think of? Have you given out something beside candy?🎃👻 🧛‍♂️🧟‍♂️

Having fun and dressing up for Halloween is a favorite tradition. We hate to be a stick in the mud, but so many of us ru...
10/28/2020

Having fun and dressing up for Halloween is a favorite tradition. We hate to be a stick in the mud, but so many of us run out and buy Halloween costumes that are prepacked, plastic, and disposable. Plus, they fall out of fashion as quickly as trends change and then clog up landfills.

What to do? Get creative! Scrounge around your closets (or your friends’ closets!) and see what you can put together. A visit to a thrift store could also be a treasure trove. OR why not rent your costume? This allows you to dress up differently every year, and makes your costume reusable for someone else next time.

Have a great idea for a Halloween costume? Let’s hear it!🧟‍♀️👻

It's National Pumpkin Day! One of the simplest ways to go green this Halloween is to compost your pumpkin instead of tos...
10/26/2020

It's National Pumpkin Day! One of the simplest ways to go green this Halloween is to compost your pumpkin instead of tossing it in the trash. Find out how on the Green Living Blog: https://askhrgreen.org/afterglow-caring-jack/

#NationalPumpkinDay #GoGreenHalloween

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
10/26/2020

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Join us, virtually, for this year's Arbor Day Ceremony! The event will go live, here on Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism's page, around 2 pm on Tuesday, October 27.

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10/23/2020

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Richard didn't drink his water,
now he's resting six-feet under.
Grab a bottle, fill it up!
Don't be tricked by bottled water.
#happyhalloween #drinktap #quitplastic

Do you zig when others zag? Or do you just not want to deal with all the sticky pumpkin guts? Good news, you can carve l...
10/23/2020

Do you zig when others zag? Or do you just not want to deal with all the sticky pumpkin guts? Good news, you can carve lots more for Halloween than just pumpkins…

For example, can you imagine how creepy a carved pineapple could look? You can also carve green-skull avocados. Or deadly-looking purple and white turnips! In fact, “shrunken” carved apple heads are scary even coming out of the oven. Watermelons are always good, and so are oranges, peppers and potatoes.

What other haunted carved creations can you come up with?

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10/23/2020

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If you're flushing more than what you produce,
You could be the one to set "IT" loose.
"IT" comes without warning from your latrine
and transforms your bathroom into a horror scene! 💩
#WipesClogPipes #ProtectOurPipes #HappyHalloween #askHRgreen

It's the final day of our YETI cup giveaway. You and your favorite essential worker could each win a pair of these 10 oz...
10/23/2020

It's the final day of our YETI cup giveaway. You and your favorite essential worker could each win a pair of these 10 oz tumblers! All you have to do is tag the essential worker below to say thanks for their dedication to our communities.

We'll announce a winner later today! Good luck!

💧💧Giveaway Time💧💧

October 21st is Imagine a Day Without Water and we're taking this opportunity to thank the essential water workers who are on the job 24/7 to ensure clean, safe tap water is delivered to the people of Hampton Roads.

We rely on water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, bathing and now more than ever, we are keenly aware of its support of public health. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 depends on handwashing and social distancing; two things made possible in part by tap water and the infrastructure systems maintained by our region's water and wastewater workers.

➡️Here's where YOU come in. Let's shower our local water workers and other essential personnel with love this week! Like this post 👍 then tag an essential worker in the comments below to say thank you for all they do. On Friday, one winner will be selected and both the commenter AND the nominated essential worker will each win a PAIR of 10 oz YETI Tumblers perfect for all your fall outings and winter festivities!

Here's the fine print: One entry per household. Must be a Hampton Roads resident to win. Prizes will be mailed to winners following verification of address. If winner does not respond within five days, a new winner will be selected.

#ImagineADayWithoutWater #LoveOurWaterWorkers #EssentialWorkers
Newport News Waterworks Virginia Beach Public Utilities HRSD

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10/23/2020

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Watch your step on this Halloween night...or you could be in for an awful fright. If you're taking your pups along for the stroll, be sure to pick up their tootsie rolls! #scoopthepoop #happyhalloween from #askHRgreen

10/22/2020
106.9 The Fox

Our Norfolk askHRgreen.org team member Michelle knows all about protecting our local waterways and she recently shared some fall cleanup tips with our friends at 106.9 The Fox! #onlyraindownthedrain Way to go, Michelle!

What is the best way to rake your leaves that are good for the environment? askhrgreen.org explains to Rod the best way to take care of your lawn this fall.

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As a region-wide public service initiative, askHRgreen.org educates, engages and motivates citizens to make good environmental choices here in Hampton Roads. By bringing together the 17 local governments (and our friends at HRSD), we are a force and a resource, working to help you improve and protect our waterways, infrastructure and recycling activities through information and inspiration. If you want to learn more about this environmental program, which is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, or what you can do, just askHRgreen.org. Financial support for askHRgreen.org is made possible by the following member localities and agencies: the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the town of Smithfield; and HRSD.

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One thing I can't seem to find on your website is what numbers of plastics can be recycled in Virginia Beach. I've heard that only 1's & 2's can (be recycled) but I've never been able to get an answer from Tidewater Fiber Corp.
I have a question. What actually happens to our recycling and the yard waste that the city picks up?
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Write as Rain pictures at the Spratley Gifted Center! #askHRgreen
Nice job on WNIS 790 this morning!