McIntire Road Recycling Center

Charlottesville, VA

(434) 977-2976

(NOTE - Effective July 2003 the "creative reuse" trailer and clothing bin have been closed at McIntire Recycling Center. This is in reponse to the increased demand for recycling space since Albemarle County discontinued their curbside recycling program. It is hoped that the programs can be restored when either Albemarle County decides to do the right thing (unlikely) or funding is found for more space. This was the most fun part of recycling for my family as we found (and donated) many treasures through this innovative service.)



When a friend of mine from another community volunteered to develop a recycling program, she questioned me about Charlottesville’s recycling effort. It was during this discussion that I began to realize what a good system we have. Living in the city, I have free curbside recycling of newspapers, magazines, cans, and bottles. I can transport plastic milk jugs, cardboard, and (our household’s most abundant recyclable) paper, to a nearby recycling center.

The McIntire Road Recycling Center makes it easy to sort your recyclables and get them to the correct place. They have bins for boxboard, file stock paper, cardboard, newspapers & magazines, clear glass, green & blue glass, brown & yellow glass, plastic, metal & aluminum cans, and textiles. Residents who don’t have curbside recycling can meet all their recycling needs here.

My kids have always been involved with our recycling effort. At home, they dispose of their unwanted paper projects into the paper bin, not the trash can. At the recycling center, they have developed a game called "milk jug basketball" as a fun way to get milk jugs from the trunk of the car into the correct bin. They love taking cardboard into the tractor trailer truck. It is really cool at the Recycling Center when they exchange bins. Unless you are in a hurry, watching the exchange is great!

The new "book reuse center" and the "creative reuse center" have become my kids’ favorite places. Whenever we have small guests who have never been to these centers, they beg to go...again and again. It’s like a free yard sale - sometimes you will find nothing - but usually you come away with one or more treasures.

Both "centers" are tractor trailer containers. The "book reuse center" often has cherished classics such as the J. R. R. Tolkien series. We have found lots of old chemistry and ancient civilizations books. Rarely do we see young children’s books, yet we often come away with full arms. Likewise, we take books we want to share so the circle of recycling can continue.

The "creative reuse center" has what many might call junk. My kids think they find treasures. You will almost always find more used notebooks than you can possibly use. There are usually old wallpaper and fabric books. There are many clothing patterns. One of my sons found a Star Wars Ewok that looked brand new. He also found a fish aquarium with all the necessary pumps and attachments (in good working condition). My daughter has found dishes still in their original packaging, endless arts and crafts supplies, and a working electric hair curler. My other son found a nice 3-D map of Charlottesville and the surrounding mountains as well as a "gothic" metal charm which he treasures. I have found several old tins in great condition.

It is pretty neat to think our cereal boxes are recycled to become the backs of legal pads. Our junk mail becomes tissues and writing paper. Old newspapers and magazines become new newspapers. Old glass jars become new glass jars and bottles. Old cans make new cans. We all know the importance of recycling. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Isn’t it nice that it can also be fun?

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

Mary Wilson...

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