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Access to Direct Markets & High Median Income Make Loudoun Ripe for Innovative Agriculture

Access to Direct Markets & High Median Income Make Loudoun Ripe for Innovative Agriculture

Access to Direct Markets Video Highlights Loudoun’s Farms

Reduce Your "Waste Line" This Summer In One Easy Step!

Reduce Your "Waste Line" This Summer In One Easy Step!

Summer is the perfect time to shed some of the excess waste found throughout your household.  Are you storing paint, stains, fuels, or pesticides that you are not sure how to dispose of?  The Department of Construction and Waste Management encourages you to bring these items and others to the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday June 25, 2011 at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn.   It’s a guaranteed way to reduce your “waste line!”

HHW includes items such as fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, old fuels including gas/oil mixes, and many others. Latex or water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can be dried or solidified and disposed of in your household garbage. 

Local Scout Troops Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Local Scout Troops Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Scout groups who recently toured the Loudoun County landfill included Girl Scouts Junior Troop #2221 from Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg and Sterling Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 2590. Each troop visited the Loudoun County landfill recently for separate tours and to learn more about recycling.  The groups saw large equipment operating in the landfill as garbage trucks lined up to unload their trash.

The Loudoun County landfill is located at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Tours are currently being scheduled for weekdays July through November.  Call 703-771-5514 for information.

Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking W

Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking W

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Utilities Department recently received a state award for operational excellence.  At the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Conference in Roanoke, Aref Etemadi, Acting Director of the Leesburg Utilities Department, accepted the 2010 Silver Excellence in Waterworks Operation/Performance Award from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water.  The Leesburg Water Treatment Plant has received this award every year since 2004.

“Every year, the Office of Drinking Water selects those waterworks that have met the state’s goals for filtration and clarification optimization,” explained Aref Etemadi. “It is really an honor to be recognized, year after year, by the state regulatory agency.”

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge is Underway

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge is Underway

The 2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge has begun. The Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce held the Green Business Challenge Kick Off on Wednesday, May 11, at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus.  The event attracted about 75 people and was hosted by Loudoun County Potomac District Supervisor Andrea McGimsey and Chamber President Tony Howard.

Loudoun County Green Building Efforts Pay Off in LEED Silver

Loudoun County Green Building Efforts Pay Off in LEED Silver

Loudoun County has been awarded its first LEED-certified Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) for a county government capital project. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.  The Loudoun County Homeless Services Center has just earned a Silver certification with 38 credits, just one point away from a Gold rating.

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on May 21

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on May 21

Loudoun County's Department of Construction & Waste Management will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at River Bend Middle School, 46240 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling.

HHW includes items such as fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, old fuels including gas/oil mixes, and many others. Latex or water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can be dried or solidified and disposed of in your household garbage. 

Used motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, lead-acid batteries and propane tanks will not be accepted at any HHW collection events. They can be recycled year round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility on 21101 Evergreen Mills Road.