This Saturday: Arlington E-CARE Recycling Event

by ARLnow.com April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am 5,004 23 Comments

Arlington County is holding its bi-annual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) this coming weekend.

E-CARE gives Arlington residents an opportunity to safely get rid of hazardous materials like paint, solvents, garden chemicals and items containing mercury. It is also is an opportunity to recycle items that usually aren’t accepted during the weekly residential recycling collection, like electronics, bikes, small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment.

Anybody who drops off household devices that contain mercury, like thermometers and barometers, is eligible to receive a $5 gift card courtesy of trash-to-electricity company Covanta Energy. Fluorescent lights are excluded from the gift card offer.

The event is being held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road). E-CARE is open to Arlington residents only — not to businesses or to residents of other jurisdictions.

More than 1,000 residents disposed of 36.8 tons of hazardous material and recycled some 16 tons of electronics at the Fall 2011 E-CARE event, according to the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services.

Photo via Arlington County DES

  • novasteve

    Do I get a giftcard if I drop off seafood?

    • MC 703

      Just swordfish or tuna.

    • nom de guerre

      Since when is seafood considered a “household device?”

      • novasteve

        Well, they have potato powered clocks, so if I used shrimp instead?

        • nom de guerre

          Knock yourself out.

      • nunya

        you’ve obviously never visited with Mrs. Paul. she has some mighty fine sticks.

  • MyHood

    Good job Arlington. Let’s do this Easter weekend when many folks are traveling. Then we won’t have to take so much stuff.

    • JohnB2

      I have never known anyone who traveled for Easter. If anything, they should be worried about Spring Break. Or is that over already?

      Having it on Earth Day (4/22) would make the most sense.

      • drax

        You’ve never known anyone who went to see family on Easter. Okay, I guess nobody ever does, because you’ve never heard of it.

        See you next week, after I get home from visiting family for Easter.

        • JohnB2

          I’ve known people to drive within the area for family brunches/dinners/etc for Easter but I don’t count that as “traveling” (overnight travel).

          I merely stated I have never known anyone who travels on Easter, you were the one who facutalized my generalization. I was simply countering MyHood’s generalization with one of my own. Have a safe trip!

      • Sam

        Spring break is this week so a lot of people will be traveling. I also find it odd that you’ve never heard of anyone who travels for Easter.

        • drax

          I’ve known people who go to Donaldson Run on Easter. But they never come back….

    • PHD

      Easter and Passover, as well as spring break. Not a good day for a lot of people.

  • LP

    Also traveling for Easter, horrible planning by Arlington County.

  • other side of the river

    Or you could take your stuff to the recycling facility on any other Saturday at just about the same hours, without having to whine about the County ignoring your travel plans or deal with the rest of us.


    • Banksy

      +1. People will take any opportunity to bitch about the smallest things, especially on ARLNow.

  • Arlwhenver

    Are they accepting paint?

    • Plunkitt of Clarendon Blvd

      “E-CARE gives Arlington residents an opportunity to safely get rid of hazardous materials like paint,”

  • MariaC

    How are people who are Car Free supposed to participate?

    • nom de guerre

      Put your items in a shopping cart and push it to TJ just like people who are “Home Free.”

  • J

    Y’all know that you can take it to the water treatment plan almost any other Saturday during the year, right? You just don’t get a $5 gift card. I’ve done the Saturday morning dropoff several times; it’s never busy and it’s never a hassle.

  • Thanks for the feedback on E-CARE! Arlington County typically schedules the spring E-CARE event closer to Earth Day however, the availability of the facilities at Thomas Jefferson Middle School is limited this Spring. Since the school is the best place to hold the event, in terms of logistics and location, we chose April 7 for the spring E-CARE event this year. We hope to see many of you there! If you are unable to attend the spring event, we have another E-CARE event in the fall and, as a commenter already mentioned, you can drop HHM waste off every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 530 31st St. S. (except during major holidays or biannual E-CARE events). Questions or concerns? Email us at [email protected]. Thank you.

  • How would they know if you were a resident or not? The $5 gift card is a good idea. That probably enticed a lot more people to participate.


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