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Area groups will reward recycling
Area groups promote recycling again this year, with more events, activities

Date published: 10/27/2012

By RUSTY DENNEN

Recycling helps the environment by extending the life of landfills and conserving scarce natural resources, to name a few benefits.

During the next two weeks, the Rappahannock Group of the Sierra Club and Ten Thousand Villages will team up to make recycling even more rewarding during this year's America Recycles program.

"Our goal is to encourage people to recycle for a cause--to make donations of different things that will be recycled, but also to benefit nonprofits, and to have fun doing it," said Kathy Rivers, manager of Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade retailer at Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

A larger aim: promoting recycling in the region.

This is the fourth year of the partnership, with events beginning today and running through Nov. 11. It was extended by a week this year because of feedback from those taking part last year, Rivers said.

"People had a lot of fun, and they enjoy doing it with their families."

Again this year, anyone can participate in events and programs for free, and by bringing in items to drop off at nearly two dozen collection spots.

For example:

Can tabs can be taken to Parcel Plus in Central Park to benefit the Shriners Hospital; 360 Farm & Pet on State Route 3 is accepting used blankets and towels for the Stafford County SPCA; and Ten Thousand Villages is accepting coats for a Girl Scout coat drive.

Donate e-waste at Rob's Car Wash in Central Park and receive a free car wash; share your favorite recycling tip and get a free ice cream at Chick-fil-A in Central Park.

The kickoff is this Sunday at Ten Thousand Villages. There, from 1 to 2 p.m., participants can craft a bag from a T-shirt they bring in.

On Nov. 3, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aikido in Spotsylvania will have a program on making a yard more habitable to wildlife, followed by a bluebird house-building workshop.

More than 20 businesses and other groups in downtown Fredericksburg, Central Park and in Spotsylvania and Stafford are involved.

Those who take part in activities or make donations will get a punch card to be used at each location. Ten punches will make them eligible for a prize drawing on the final day.

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15.

Read more about area activities: virginia.sierraclub.org/rg More on America Recycles: americarecyclesday.org

Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431
Email: rdennen@freelancestar.com


OCT. 27: Swap meet at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg, 10-11 a.m. Bring three items in good condition. (No clothing, shoes or furniture.)

OCT. 27-NOV. 9: --Recycled-item scavenger hunt, Ten Thousand Villages. OCT. 28: Opening event, Ten Thousand Villages, "Upcycled Crafts: Make your own bag from a T-shirt." RSVP to 540/785-9967. NOV. 3: "Bluebirds and native plants: Is everything satisfied in your yard?" Program is at Aikido in Fredericksburg. Bluebird house workshop follows. 540/582-9600. NOV. 4: "Upcycled Crafts: Make your own earrings from vinyl signs," Ten Thousand Villages. NOV. 7: Tour of the new Rappahannock Goodwill Industries' warehouse in Fredericksburg. Long pants, closed-toe shoes required. NOV. 11: Closing events, refreshments at Ten Thousand Villages. Turn in punch cards, bag tags for door prizes.