Harrisonburg city residents don’t have to worry about putting their recycling bin out at the curb as of August 3rd. The city is adopting a new method of recycling collection that officials hope will boost recycling rates of local residents. Called the Single Stream Collection Program, this new method is an “all-in-one” system. The best news is that the new system is extremely easy to use – just throw everything away in one trash bin!
Under the single-stream method, all waste will be shipped to a processing facility. At the facility, waste will be sorted, and recyclable material will be marketed for reuse. City officials anticipate 12,000 tons of waste and recyclables to be collected annually. The new recycling program, however, is far from the only green initiative in Harrisonburg. Here are a few other examples:
- The Harrisonburg Community Bike Map is a great resource for residents who want to bike around town. The map was developed in partnership with JMU, and classifies streets based on a measure of cycling comfort. This measure evaluates factors like the number of travel lanes, vehicle speeds, the presence of a right turn lane, the presence of bike lanes, and the type of intersection traffic control.
- Blacks Run Cleanup Day is part of a collaboration between the City and the regional Stormwater Network call CleanStream.org. This mission of this effort is to educate the public about sources of water pollution and its impact on local water supply, aquatic ecosystems, and quality of life. The Blacks Run Cleanup Day has been going strong for 15 years. In 2015, 4.1 tons of trash were collected from the stream and local Harrisonburg streets.
- Rain Barrel Workshop is another periodic offering of CleanStream.org. When workshops are held, residents are invited to build their own rain barrels for use in their yards to collect roof runoff. Water in rain barrels can be used to water gardens or lawns, and help mitigate stormwater runoff, which can negatively impact Blacks Run and other streams and cause erosion.