Updated Policy Regarding Use of Air Fresheners and Scented Products

Student Using Inhaler

The Albemarle County School Board recently adopted an update to Policy EBAC, Environmental Management, to discontinue the use of scented products (plug-in or spray air fresheners, reed diffusers, etc.) in ACPS facilities and buses. The policy was updated out of concern for our students, employees and visitors, as strong scents and fragrances can contribute to poor indoor air quality that can be unhealthy to building occupants. Continue reading

Great Pumpkin Smash 2019 – Nov. 2

Carved Pumpkin

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | McIntire Recycling Center

Go green this Halloween and compost your pumpkin! The McIntire Recycling Center will host the 2019 Great Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pumpkin disposal is free of charge for Albemarle County and Charlottesville City residents. Open the event flyer »

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Will Host Multiple Special Waste Collection Days This Fall

Rivanna Authorities

Mark your calendar! Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host the following special waste collection days this fall at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC), located at 4576 Dick Woods Road in Charlottesville: Residential Household Hazardous Waste Days on September 27 and 28; Bulky Waste Amnesty Days on October 5, 12 and 19; and an Electronic Waste Collection Day on October 26. Continue reading

2019 Drinking Water Clinic: Kick-Off Meeting May 20


Through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, Virginia Cooperative Extension holds drinking water clinics across the state to provide people with private water systems access to affordable and confidential water testing, including help interpreting their water test results and information about possible treatment options.

The 2019 Drinking Water Clinic for Albemarle County kicks off on May 20. Register to participate »

Spring 2019 Bulky Waste Amnesty Days: May 4, 11 & 18

Rivanna Authorities

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host its Spring 2019 Bulky Waste Amnesty Days on the first three Saturdays in May. This biannual service is free and open to all residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, and the Town of Scottsville. Special collections will be held at the Ivy Material Utilization Center on the following Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Continue reading

30 in 30 Green Grants – Enter by April 30

30 in 30 Green Grants

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is now accepting applications for 30 in 30 Green Grants! The 30 in 30 Green Grants initiative is designed to empower groups all across Virginia to make an environmental impact in their own communities. Since 2011, KVB has provided $203,000 for 260 different projects throughout the state. KVB awards grants of $500 to $1,000 for projects in each of these four categories: Community Beautification and Greening, Litter Prevention, Recycling, and Cigarette Litter Prevention. The application process is underway and you are invited to apply, but hurry—the deadline is April 30! Continue reading

Recycling News: Upcoming Changes & Techno-Trash

Recycling SymbolRecycling Changes for Next School Year

As this school year comes to an end, we wanted to provide a preview of recycling for next year. We will be issuing a request for proposals soon for waste and recycling services. Since the closure of van der Linde’s mixed waste facility, we are no longer recovering recyclable materials from the waste stream (blue dumpsters). Continue reading

Lifelong Learning Through Environmental Sustainability

Superintendent's BlogGuest Blog by Lindsay Snoddy, Assistant Director for Environmental Health and Safety, Albemarle County Public Schools

“Environmental stewardship has a long history in Albemarle County Public Schools. The School Board formalized an environmental management policy in 2006 and honors their commitment to support programs for continual improvement. A program that began its focus on environmental compliance quickly grew to include sustainability and unique offerings for project-based learning, leading first to Crozet Elementary and then Stony Point Elementary School receiving US DOE Green Ribbon School Awards. Individual recognition of these schools was followed by the entire division being honored in 2017 with a district-wide US DOE Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.” Keep reading the October 2 Superintendent’s Blog post »