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NRRA: Please recycle

DUBLIN — The staff at the New River Resource Authority Waste Management Facility is taking an active approach to preserving the life of their landfill.
One way this is being accomplished is through educational programs, with staff presentations to local schools, businesses and organizations on the numerous recycling opportunities the region has to offer.
Recently, Brent Williams, operations manager of the facility, gave a presentation and tour to members of the Clean Community Council during their monthly meeting, which the NRRA hosted.
Williams explained that the NRRA consists of the localities of Pulaski County, the Town of Dublin, Giles County, the City of Radford and the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA) and that the Authority also accepts waste from Floyd County.
The NRRA Waste Management Facility, located on Cloyd’s Mountain Road in Dublin, maintains an area that Pulaski, Dublin, Giles and Radford customers may utilize for recyclables and general refuse.
Within the customer convenience area is a bin for co-mingled recyclables, including number one and two plastic jugs or bottles, steel and aluminum containers, and all colors of glass jars and bottles.
Another bin is partitioned to accept white paper (such as office documents), newspapers, phone books, and magazines, Williams said, adding that once these bins are full, they are transferred to the MRSWA and ultimately recycled.
Two other convenience area bins are for collecting scrap metal and tires to recycle.
Along with scrap metal collected from customers, the Authority also recycles “white goods,” which are household appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, air- conditioners and humidifiers. Williams noted that these items, plus rims from the recycled tires and metal parts from the facility’s equipment repair and maintenance, are hauled to a metal recycler. He added that Freon from appliances is also collected prior to recycling the units to prevent its release into the atmosphere.
Next to the white goods area is a battery collection impoundment area for lead acid batteries, such as those used in automobiles, as part of the NRRA recycling program. Williams said batteries collected at the facility are sent to a group specializing in that type of recycling.
Tires collected at the NRRA convenience area, along with many tires from regional collection locations, are brought to a special section within the NRRA facility for storage and, ultimately, for shredding. Williams noted that their own and MRSWA’s tire shredding equal 25,000 to 30,000 tires every six months, which are recycled within the facility as alternate daily cover or landfill gas collection media.
In addition, NRRA’s facility also collects brush and “clean wood” (wood that has not been painted, treated, etc.). This wood waste is then placed into a tub grinder and ground into mulch, which may be purchased at the facility. Williams said mulch is also used within the facility’s operations during wet weather, which means considerable cost savings.
The facility also maintains a “too good to toss” area, where still usable items, such as bicycles and furniture, are placed and are free to the public.
Williams said besides the obvious recycling advantages, this area was created and is maintained to prevent scavenging in the landfill, which is prohibited.
Williams noted representatives from the NRRA and MRSWA will have an informational booth at this year’s New River Valley Fair (July 21-26 at the NRV Fairgrounds in Dublin), giving community members another opportunity to learn about what the facilities have to offer.
In addition, NRRA will host a “Household Hazardous Waste Day” (HHW) on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Radford High School, located off Scott Street. Williams explained this day gives households an option for getting rid of hazardous items while keeping them out of the landfill. These hazardous items include fluorescent tubing, canned hair spray and items primarily found in garages, such as paints, stains and solvents.

For more information about HHW Day, recycling, disposal criteria or fees, call (540)-674-1677.

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NRRA: Please recycle

DUBLIN — The staff at the New River Resource Authority Waste Management Facility is taking an active approach to preserving the life of their landfill.
One way this is being accomplished is through educational programs, with staff presentations to local schools, businesses and organizations on the numerous recycling opportunities the region has to offer.
Recently, Brent Williams, operations manager of the facility, gave a presentation and tour to members of the Clean Community Council during their monthly meeting, which the NRRA hosted.
Williams explained that the NRRA consists of the localities of Pulaski County, the Town of Dublin, Giles County, the City of Radford and the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA) and that the Authority also accepts waste from Floyd County.
The NRRA Waste Management Facility, located on Cloyd’s Mountain Road in Dublin, maintains an area that Pulaski, Dublin, Giles and Radford customers may utilize for recyclables and general refuse.
Within the customer convenience area is a bin for co-mingled recyclables, including number one and two plastic jugs or bottles, steel and aluminum containers, and all colors of glass jars and bottles.
Another bin is partitioned to accept white paper (such as office documents), newspapers, phone books, and magazines, Williams said, adding that once these bins are full, they are transferred to the MRSWA and ultimately recycled.
Two other convenience area bins are for collecting scrap metal and tires to recycle.
Along with scrap metal collected from customers, the Authority also recycles “white goods,” which are household appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, air- conditioners and humidifiers. Williams noted that these items, plus rims from the recycled tires and metal parts from the facility’s equipment repair and maintenance, are hauled to a metal recycler. He added that Freon from appliances is also collected prior to recycling the units to prevent its release into the atmosphere.
Next to the white goods area is a battery collection impoundment area for lead acid batteries, such as those used in automobiles, as part of the NRRA recycling program. Williams said batteries collected at the facility are sent to a group specializing in that type of recycling.
Tires collected at the NRRA convenience area, along with many tires from regional collection locations, are brought to a special section within the NRRA facility for storage and, ultimately, for shredding. Williams noted that their own and MRSWA’s tire shredding equal 25,000 to 30,000 tires every six months, which are recycled within the facility as alternate daily cover or landfill gas collection media.
In addition, NRRA’s facility also collects brush and “clean wood” (wood that has not been painted, treated, etc.). This wood waste is then placed into a tub grinder and ground into mulch, which may be purchased at the facility. Williams said mulch is also used within the facility’s operations during wet weather, which means considerable cost savings.
The facility also maintains a “too good to toss” area, where still usable items, such as bicycles and furniture, are placed and are free to the public.
Williams said besides the obvious recycling advantages, this area was created and is maintained to prevent scavenging in the landfill, which is prohibited.
Williams noted representatives from the NRRA and MRSWA will have an informational booth at this year’s New River Valley Fair (July 21-26 at the NRV Fairgrounds in Dublin), giving community members another opportunity to learn about what the facilities have to offer.
In addition, NRRA will host a “Household Hazardous Waste Day” (HHW) on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Radford High School, located off Scott Street. Williams explained this day gives households an option for getting rid of hazardous items while keeping them out of the landfill. These hazardous items include fluorescent tubing, canned hair spray and items primarily found in garages, such as paints, stains and solvents.

For more information about HHW Day, recycling, disposal criteria or fees, call (540)-674-1677.

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