Litter and Recycling Expo to Offer Info About Soil, Natural Habitats

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James City County’s Clean County Commission is hosting its second annual litter and recycling expo on Oct.24, and citizens are invited to come out and learn about the latest in litter prevention and recycling efforts.

The focus of this year’s expo will be how the county is attempting to improve soil quality and create healthy habitats.

In keeping with this theme, Craig Coker of Organics Recycling will give a lecture about “Improving Soil Quality” at 1 p.m., and speakers from the Virginia Living Museum will give a talk about “Animal Friends!,” complete with live animals in tow, at 3 p.m.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the expo will also include litter and recycling displays and activities appropriate for all ages. Kids can enjoy a recycling and litter pick-up video game and children’s activity corner, while the whole family can participate in giveaways, soil sampling and a trivia wheel.

The Clean County Commission will be presenting the results from their implementation of the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention program.

Last June, the county installed four metal cigarette stations at the Croaker Road Commuter Lot after they saw a startling number of cigarette butts being left around the property. They also sent representatives to the lot for an entire day to hand out portable ash trays.

Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the planned activities and initiatives for America Recycles Day, which is Nov. 15.

The expo will take place at the James City County Recreation Center. It is free and open to the public and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.