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Recycling Tips from the County

Residents and businesses using the Loudoun County Recycling Dropoff Centers are reminded that the recycling centers accept only mixed bottles and cans, and paper. Specifically, items that are accepted at the recycling centers include clear, brown, and green glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; plastic bottles (beverage, detergent and squeeze bottles only); newspaper; magazines; phonebooks; catalogs; cardboard and paperboard, such as cereal boxes.

Items that are not accepted at the Loudoun County Recycling Dropoff Centers include plastic bags, plastic flower pots, Styrofoam or any other type of plastic that is not specifically a bottle, window glass, windshield glass, plate-glass, porcelain, pottery, crystal, wood, yard waste, furniture, pots and pans, hazardous chemicals or chemical containers and motor oil containers.

Depositing incorrect items such as Styrofoam, plastic bags, or other garbage in the recycling bins contaminates the load and may cause thousands of pounds of recyclable materials to be trashed.

If unsure about whether or not an item is accepted at the recycling center, read the signs on the recycling bin. If the item in question is not listed on the sign as acceptable for recycling, do not deposit it in the recycling bin, but do call the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187 for more information.

There are county-operated recycling dropoff centers at the following locations, and most are open daily from dawn to dusk:

* Park View High School in Sterling, next to the football stadium;

* Arcola Community Center;

* Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility (the Landfill) on Evergreen Mills Road 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday;

* Mickie Gordon Memorial Park, east of Middleburg;

* Philomont Fire Department;

* Hillsboro Elementary School, Route 9;

* Lovettsville at the George Center; and

* Lucketts Elementary School (Saturday only, 8 a.m.-noon).

Contact the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187 or visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm for details.