Clean Up, Recycle with Arlington's E-CARE This Saturday, April 16

Published on April 12, 2016

  • Will be held rain or shine

  • Exchange CFL bulbs for better LED versions

  • County cleanup just in time for Earth Day

Arlington County will hold its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road.

E-CARE gives residents a one-stop opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous household materials (HHM) and recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and more.e-care

Exchange old CFL lightbulbs for a new LED version (one per household), courtesy of Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE).

HHM are products found around the home that are flammable, corrosive, poisonous or potentially hazardous. They include items like automotive fluid, car-care products, fluorescent light bulbs, corrosives, household cleaners and propane gas cylinders.

Tip: Save trips to the collection site by bringing along items from neighbors.

Place all materials in the original container or label them clearly. Place any leaking containers inside an extra protective layer. Bring ID to confirm work or residency in Arlington.

The full, extensive list of acceptable items collected at E-CARE is available online.

The spring County cleanup comes just in time for Earth Day, Friday, April 22.

Arlington's previous E-CARE, held last October, saw 1,784 residents participate with a total of 72,000 lbs. of household hazardous materials collected, the second-most successful haul to date. Two-and-a-half trucks were filled with just recyclable electronics.

Also during the weekend of April 16-17, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library hold their sizable biannual used book sale, billed as "Arlington's longest running recycling program." It began in 1976.