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Posted on: October 12, 2018

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HCCC News: October 12, 2018

  

GOOD TO DO & KNOW!

Community Appearance & Litter Index Update

Many thanks to Pat Parker, Paul Ouma, Marty Tennille, George Curran, Melany Libby, Jack Rezabek, Loye Spencer, Elise Gore, and Shirley Boyd, participants in our annual Community Appearance & Litter Index! They rode a van to every nook and cranny of Hampton yesterday to evaluate 100 sites in the city for litter, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, illegal signs, and outdoor storage, all factors in our city’s environmental health, appearance, and quality of life. The results haven’t been tallied yet, but these folks gave a lot of time and attention to this project and deserve a round of applause.

The information resulting from this index will be used to plan educational efforts, community cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot sites, and more.

By the way, this index is required by Keep America Beautiful for HCCC to be a community in good standing and a President’s Circle member. We’ve met all requirements, including an annual index, since the requirements were instituted in 2000! We’re proud of the accomplishment!

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Oyster Gardening Sign

Thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for sponsoring a sign at the oyster gardening sites!

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Water Quality Monitoring, October 13, 1pm: Back River, Elizabeth Lake, Newmarket Creek. Contact Cris at causink@hampton.gov or 727-5811.  

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Clean & Green Workplaces Committee Meeting, October 16, 3:30pm: Goodwill Employment Center, Room 235, 1911 Saville Row, information at hccc@hampton.gov.    

Mark your calendars for:  Saturday, February 2, 9am – Noon, Community Collection Day, and Thursday, March 7, for the Hampton-sponsored Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum, with a presentation on green funerals.

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Shell Road Community Cleanup, October 19, 3pm! Please come out to help us. The more volunteers we have the more we can clean up! Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

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The Hampton Clean City Commission will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on October 25! If you haven’t been invited and think you should have been, contact Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1199.

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Schools Appearance Index, October 27, 8am – 5pm: Volunteers will evaluate every public school in Hampton for landscaping, solid waste handling, and building and grounds maintenance, lunch will be provided. More information at hccc@hampton.gov.  

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Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee Meeting, November 1, 11:30pm: Mama Rosa’s Restaurant, 617 E Mercury Blvd, information at hccc@hampton.gov  

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Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Committee Meeting, November 8, 6:30pm: Ft Monroe Community Center Meeting Room, 100 Stilwell Avenue, information at causink@hampton.gov.    

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HCCC Office Closed, November 12: Veteran’s Day, information at hccc@hampton.gov  

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HCCC Full Commission Meeting – Public Invited – November 13, 3:30pm: Hampton Clean City Commission Conference Room, 1296 Thomas Street. For information, contact hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1130.

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Tour de Recycling, November 15, 9am – 1pm: Sign up to board a bus and visit the Chesapeake TFC Material Recovery Facility and get a behind the scenes tour at Goodwill in Hampton. You’ll learn a lot and be amazed – what better way to spend a Thursday morning! Information at hccc@hampton.gov  

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Paint Night Fundraiser, December 6, 6:30pm – 9:00pm: Painting With A Twist, 1230 Merchant Ln, $40 per person, register at https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/hampton-va/event/1752510/. Money raised will purchase environmental education materials. For information, contact hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1130.

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Cleanup volunteers: The list of extremely littered spots is growing! We really need your help! We’ll be adding some additional community cleanups, but we would welcome your willingness to plan a cleanup at one of these sites:

  • Aberdeen Rd Turnaround at Wendy’s on
  • Big Bethel Road
  • Briarfield Park Ditch Line
  • Carver Street
  • Freeman Drive
  • Guy Street
  • Hall Rd ditches
  • Harris Creek Rd ditches
  • Mercury Blvd at LaSalle Avenue
  • Old Buckroe Rd ditches
  • Pine Ave
  • Quash Street
  • Tyler/Settler’s Landing/I-64 at HU Intersection
  • Victoria Blvd HRT parking lot on houses side

If you’re willing to help out: hccc@hampton.gov or 727-1130

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Share information about our upcoming events!

 

GOOD TO REMEMBER!

Recycle all your plastic food, beverage, and household containers!! Yay TFC Recycling for including all plastic household containers in their list of recyclables! Take advantage of the opportunity! Yogurt cups – check! Applesauce cups – check! Syrup bottles - check!! Just remember – NO foamed plastic (“styrofoam”)! If you’d like some guidance, visit the Round Robin episode on recycling plastics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbsuPXIFBiQ&list=PL3761D4B106784B15&index=7.

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Drop-off Recycling Information – if you live in an apartment or condominium and don’t have recycling provided by your management, or if you have a lot of extra recyclables for some reason, you can use one of Hampton’s three drop-off containers! They’re located at:

  • Hampton Yard Waste Site, 100 North Park Lane (just off Big Bethel Rd)
  • Briarfield Park, 1540 Briarfield Road
  • Gosnold’s Hope Park, 900 Little Back River Road

All these sites accept the same materials that are accepted in the curbside recycling program! Including the cartons and plastics!

HCCC has refrigerator magnets with recycling information on them, thanks to AskHRGreen! If you’d like one, stop by the office!

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2018 Community Cleanups Schedule

  • October 19, 3pm – Shell Road (Pine Ave to Childs Ave)
  • November 16, 3pm – Aberdeen Road (Briarfield to Wingfield, including Wingfield)

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Nominate a Clean & Green Workplace for an award!

If you know of a business that fulfills many of the following criteria, nominate them for a Clean & Green Workplaces Award by contacting hccc@hampton.gov:

  • Litter-free efforts apparent
  • Attractive premises
  • Contributions to community, community partnerships, donations, sponsorships
  • Recycling and/or waste – reduction efforts
  • Urban forestry
  • Sustainable landscaped areas that are attractive and beneficial to local wildlife
  • Energy conservation practices
  • Water conservation practices
  • Overall impression of workplace
  • Heritage preservation

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If you have some sheets and blankets that are too good to throw away or recycle, but not really good enough to give to a charity, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is the perfect place for them! Drop them at 5843 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 8am-5pm 7 days a week, or call 757-933-8900 for information.


ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Looking for Recycling Feedback: What do you need to know to be the best recycler you can be? Email hccc@hampton.gov

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Looking for NEWSLETTER Feedback: What do we need to do to give you a newsletter you can use? Email hccc@hampton.gov

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Looking for nominations for:


LOOKING FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS! 

Hampton Clean City Commission Board – oversees the programs and projects of the Hampton Clean City Commission and focuses on recognizing volunteers, board members are appointed by City Council. Contact hccc@hampton.gov for more information. Fill out a Board Bank application at https://hampton.granicus.com/boards/forms/239/apply/623877?code=34def5d9-e341-4ae1-9448-a571250065f4.

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Beautification Committee – works on a variety of projects including the YARDS Contest, tree tours, beautification projects, and education. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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Clean & Green Workplaces Committee – works on the quarterly Clean & Green Business Awards, the Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Awards breakfast, and other workplace-related projects. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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Hampton Waterways Restoration Project – works on a variety of clean waterway projects, including shoreline cleanups, water monitoring, and education. Contact causink@hampton.gov

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Litter & Recycling Awareness Committee – works on cleaning up Hampton through special cleanups and the Adopt-A-Spot program, as well as encouraging litter-free events, solid waste education efforts, and trash tours. Contact hccc@hampton.gov

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School Pride In Action Committee – educators (formal and informal) who encourage environmental lessons and activities in the classroom and on the school grounds, as well as emphasizing teacher education. Contact hccc@hampton.gov


HCCC News, October 12, 2018
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