Earth Day may only happen once a year, but the hope is that its impact will last far longer.
Middleburg, home to Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty, has its very own Go Green Committee which advises the town council on sustainability matters, and this past weekend not only spearheaded the spring town cleanup, but held its annual dead household battery collection day at the town office.
This program ensures that batteries which would otherwise have been tossed in the trash, ending up in the landfill, are collected and sent away for environmentally friendly recycling.
Go Green joined the town's police department which was holding its annual prescription drug take back day, a national event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). They collected bags of expired and no longer needed medicines which are immediately sent to a secure incineration facility.
So hang on to old batteries and drop them off at the town office any time, and bring old Rx drugs next time we hold the take back day.
Middleburg, Virginia is a wonderful town, for many reasons. It is historic, often described as quaint, walkable and full of interesting, eclectic shops and great restaurants.
It is also a town which is called home to residents and businesses who care about the town enough to venture out a couple of times a year to help spruce up Middleburg. This spring, clean up day was also an opportunity for folks to get out after a year and more of COVID, safely walking the streets with orange buckets and trash bags, picking up discarded trash items and recyclables.
Yours truly was the weed killer guy, dressed like one of the ghostbusters with backpack sprayer filled to the brim with a white vinegar based organic weed killer.
Notably, the streets were in fact not particularly bad, garbage-wise, partly because people have not been out and about as much as usual but also because there are members of the public who do this themselves every now and then, not for payment, not for any kind of recognition, but because they love their town.
Despite the fact that the town adopted a cigarette butt recycling campaign a couple of years ago, including special butt receptacles attached to all town trash cans, the cleanup volunteers did fill a small bag with butts which will be sent to Terracycle for complete safe recycling.
The town's Salamander Resort & Spa contributed not only with several members of staff who kindly pitched in to help, but supplied a delicious breakfast of coffees and pastries. Other businesses like Northwest Federal Credit Union were well represented with wonderful staff members who pitch in every cleanup day.
The next cleanup is tentatively scheduled for early fall, and there are many regulars ready to step up again - thank you!
Peter has written for his local magazines, Country Zest & Style and Middleburg Life as their Wine contributor. He also enjoys writing blogs on interesting and pertinent real estate matters, so please follow!