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Change of Pick-up for Town of Halifax Solid Waste & Recycling Customers

TOWN OF HALIFAX, VIRGINIA

Sanitation & Recycling Department

70 South Main Street, Post Office Box 627

Halifax, Virginia 24558

(434) 476-2343

IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Change of Pick-up for Town of Halifax Solid Waste & Recycling Customers

EFFECTIVE WEEK OF MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

May 22, 2017

To All Town of Halifax Customers:

Halifax Town Hall will be closed on Monday May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. Please be aware that the Town of Halifax will be picking up recyclables on Friday June 2nd due to the modified Holiday schedule. The regular town curbside recycling pick up will resume Wednesday June 7th as customary. During the modified holiday schedule, town residents may take their properly prepared recyclable materials (see guidelines for curbside pick-up below), to the large bins provided at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail lower parking lot which now accepts co-mingled newspaper (including mixed paper), plastic (#1 & #2), cardboard, cans (aluminum & metal) and mixed consumer glass (clear, green & brown). When recycling glass at the Convenience Center site, PLEASE PLACE THE GLASS DIRECTLY INTO THE BIN WITH NO BAGS-this will keep the glass free of contaminants so that sorting will not be necessary.

The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct its solid waste pick-up the week of Memorial Day on a modified schedule:

  1. Tuesday May 30 – Residents normally served on this day will have solid waste picked up. This area includes properties along US Hwy 501 south from the RR Tracks to the corporate limits, Spencer Lane Golf Course Road, Brook Run, Cowford Road, Meadow Drive, Banister Road, Gatha’s Trail and Ballou Trail.
  2. Wednesday May 31 – Residents normally served on Monday will have solid waste picked up. This area includes Mountain Road, Canterbury Drive, Woodview Road, Mimosa Drive, Oak Lane, Pine Road, Ash Street, Cedar Lane, Poplar Lane, Crawford Road, Academy Street, Ballpark Loop (within corporate limits), Craddock Street, Houston Street and Main Street (from Mountain Road south to the RR Tracks).
  3. Thursday June 1 – Residents normally served on this day will have solid waste picked up. This area includes Maple Avenue, Buena Vista Drive, Park Lane, Lakeside Drive, Harding Street, Snead Lane, Cary Street, Elam Street, Hedderly Street, Jackson Street, Back Street, Main Street (from Mountain Road north on US Hwy 501 and east on VA Hwy 360 to the corporate limits).
  4. Friday June 2 – The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct curbside recycling on this day and will resume regular weekly curbside recycling on Wednesday June 7th.

Guidelines for Preparing Curbside Recyclables

(follow thoroughly & do not co-mingle trash items or service may be suspended)

Metals -- Aluminum Cans (rinsed if possible)            Plastics -- Milk, soda, water bottles, and detergent    

Metal Cans (rinsed - labels may be left on)                jugs (look for #1 & #2 on bottom) rinse, remove caps            

Newspaper -- Clean and dry                                                 Cardboard -- Flatten boxes, no waxed cardboard, (anything in the newspaper when you                             remove plastic bags, styrofoam or packing “peanuts”

receive it can be recycled)

Mixed Paper -- Junk mail, cereal boxes,                  Glass -- clear, green & brown; EMPTIED, RINSED, LIDS magazines, phone books, etc.                                       REMOVED, NO BROKEN GLASS-in plastic bag on top

 

New Master Gardener Officers

Master Gardener officers

The Southside Master Gardener Association recently installed new officers. Pictured are Rita Powell, outgoing President, Maggie Westervelt, Treasurer, Karen Coughlin, Vice President, Laverne Fuller, President and Dawn Bruno, Secretary. Visit www.ssmga.org or call the Halifax Extension Office for more information about the Master Gardeners and their programs.

Thanks, Kathy Conner Cornell
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Landscape for Life Offered this Summer

Landscape for Life Offered this Summer

            The Southside Master Gardener Association decided to offer the ever popular Landscape for Life during the summer for the first time.  Our goal is to give teachers a chance to take some garden training during their summer break but the class is open to anyone.  Landscape for Life is based on sustainable landscape practices.  Think of it as a mini-Master Gardener training.  The six classes will start on June 16 and be held each Friday from then until July 28 with the exception of July 7th during Independence Day week. It will be held in the undercroft from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax. 

            The Landscape for Life series starts off on June 16 with an introduction to soils by Kathy Conner Cornell.  Most times we don’t give soil any thought.  Soils are everything to the plant.  It is through the interaction of roots and the soil that plants receive their nutrition and water.  Healthy soils are the basis of a beautiful garden.  Bring a small baggie of soil from your garden to the class.

            Water quality will be discussed on June 23.  Stormwater management is very important no matter where you live.  We need to garden and manage runoff in ways that protect our waterways.  You will learn special techniques to properly manage rainwater in your landscape.

            On June 30th Kathy will review how to determine the right plant for the right place.  It is important to avoid invasive alien plants that disrupt our natural habitats.  Native plants can often be a good choice in the sustainable garden but not necessarily the only choice.  You will learn what to consider as you make the best plant selections for your garden. 

            We will have a special speaker on July 14th.  A strong design is the backbone of any landscape.  You shouldn’t put a shovel in the ground until you’ve assessed your space and determined what functions you want your landscape to serve such as play area, private area or entertaining area.  The design development will be an ongoing project but to help with the plan a guest speaker will guide you through the basics of landscape design principles.

            Materials, normally thought of as hardscape, will be discussed on July 21st.  In the landscape, hardscapes are often used for things such as fencing, arbors, trellises or pathways.  This will be a fun session chock full of ideas on how to use repurposed/recycled materials to define areas in the garden.  A main way we can recycle and repurpose is to compost.  We will guide you through the steps to create black gold that is so important to our soils.  Kathy will lead a presentation on Integrated Pest Management.  Using chemical pesticides should be the last resort for garden pest problems.  The IPM method details the steps to be taken before ever reaching for a pesticide and what improper pesticide use is doing to our wildlife especially bees.

                        The last class on June 28th will be devoted to each member’s personal design and their specific issues.  Some designs will be discussed in the class and everyone will have the opportunity for a personal consultation.  You will leave the program feeling confident that you can have the landscape of your dreams and help protect the environment for enjoyment of future generations. 

            There will be a $25 fee to cover the materials for the 6 sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions to get the maximum value out of the classes.  However if this just doesn’t work into your schedule, individual classes will have a $5 fee.  The fee is for a family – husband and wife, parent and mature child or friends.

            Advance registration and payment is required.  Space is limited.  To register go to the Halifax Extension Office to pick up an application form or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an application form.  Mail completed form and check made out to SSMGA to Halifax County Extension Office, PO Box 757, Halifax, VA 24558.  The six classes will be held on 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/14, 7/21 and 7/28 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 197 Mountain Road, Halifax.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the extension office at 434-476-2147, option 0.

        

Caption for picture: It is important to have sustainable landscapes that attract pollinators such as these beautiful butterflies feasting on butterfly weed.  If you are interested in learning how to garden with nature, sign up for the Landscape for Life being offered by the Southside Master Gardener Association.

 

 

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