We sponsor as well as participate in many activities, events and contests throughout the year.  We hope that residents find these activities enjoyable as well as educational. It is our hope that participants learn the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

IMG_0546Outdoor Land Lab – is a school field trip type of program sponsored each spring by the Jefferson County Soil & Water Office.  Jefferson County fifth grade students from public, private and home school,
teachers and parents, learn about the environment. Our site concentrates on Solid Waste, Litter and Waste and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle activities.  Open to the Jefferson County Schools this four day program is held at the Fernwood State Park rain or shine.  We participate as one of the seven different sites, each with a 20 to 25 minute presentation, along the two mile walking trail.  Twenty-seven presentations are completed during the week with the EnviroScape Landfill Model used at our site to help students understand how landfills work and the importance of proper disposal.  Our goal is to make students, teachers and parents more environmentally conscious citizens and involve 5th grade students with hands on projects pertaining to the environment.

Trashy Art/Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Review – Each year students create outstanding art and fashion for the Trashy Art/Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Review. These contests help the students realize that not everything needs to go into the trash and helps everyone to celebrate Earth Day.

2012 UL Back to School Coca Cola binOurAwareness Booths are set up at School Expos’, Health Fairs and the County Fairs.  Free program brochures, booklets, pencils, stickers, car litterbags, student activity books and promotional items are available at our booths.  Educational presentations, activity sheets and coloring contests are just some of the ways our staff interacts with the visitors to our booth.  Local businesses are able to partner with us and sponsor booth contests by donated activity supplies,  gift cards, t-shirts and other prizes.

Our Special Event Bins are used to collect the plastic bottle/aluminum cans or paper at sporting events, community events, fairs and festivals in the Jefferson-Belmont area.

Adopt-A-Roadway/Spot Program
The Adopt-A-Roadway program accommodates a wide array of volunteer interests and goals.  Participants adopt public spaces and make a commitment twice a year to clean and beautify the area for one year.  Volunteers are the “P” in Pride by planting flowers, graffiti removal, picking up litter, weeding, gardening and other forms of general cleanup.  Volunteers do make a difference in their community.  Interested in this program? Download the PDF form: Adopt-A-Spot.

PRIDE stands for:
Promote – Retain – Involvement – Development – Enhance

Annual River Sweep Poster Contest & Cleanup – We participate in this poster contest sponsored by ORSANCO each winter the top winners used for posters and t-shirts for the next summers River Sweep Cleanup.  The Annual Cleanup along the Ohio River is held on the third Saturday of every June (Visit ORSANCO for more information).

America Recycles Day – Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

“Stock the Pantry Program” November 1 thru 15thJefferson and Belmont Counties have taken America Recycles Day one step further.  All our paper proceeds generated as well as some donated by others that are recycled at Valley Converting go to local Food Pantries to help out with purchasing food for the holidays.  The activity runs from November 1st-15th, with public drop off sites at the Ft. Steuben Mall in Jefferson County and the Ohio Valley Mall in Belmont County.

The Great American Cleanup campaign runs from March 1st – May 31st each year. Volunteers, groups, beautification committees, students, 4-H, Girl/Boy Scouts join in the nation’s largest organized cleanup, beautification and community volunteer improvement program. The volunteers know that they really make a difference, and the results are dramatic! When your area is clean of unsightly litter, residents have a sense of hometown PRIDE and accomplishment.

Event Tips:

  • Pick a spot; visit the site to plan your event.
  • Set a date and time and have a rain date planned.
  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Request trash bags from us.

Event Safety Tips:

  • Wear gloves, thick-soled shoes, vest and gloves.
  • Wear long pant and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Wear sunscreen and/or bug repellent.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Don’t overstuff litter collection bags.
  • NEVER pick up hypodermic needles or sharp objects.

Paper Recycling tours are taken by school students, teachers and parents at the Valley Converting Paper Mill located in Toronto, Ohio.  Mike Biasi, President and Rich Brandt, Purchasing Agent, educate students on how paper is recycled from the beginning.  They start with 100% scrap paper and walk them through the manufacturing process showing them how the end product cardboard is made. The students learn how the paper is converted to different sizes and shipped to the end user who makes legal paper, paper hard back books, and desk calendars, just to name a few.  The tour lasts approximately forty-five minutes, and any school that is interested in this educational tour can contact us to learn more.

A Plant Pride…Not Litter Activity takes place in April during at the Ft. Steuben Mall.  Children and parents participate by painting and decorating flower pots.  After students have finished decorating their pots they also plant flowers and or vegetables to take home.  All materials are donated by the Ft. Steuben Mall and local businesses.  This activity teaches students community participation and promotes individual pride.

Workshops (Recycled Paper) are held at different times throughout the year. Residents can learn how easy it is to make their own homemade paper by recycling used paper and junk mail to make beautiful cards and decorative bowls.

Classroom Presentations
Our staff does environmental educational presentations reaching adult organizations; preschool to 12th grade students; teachers; parents; Girl/Boy Scouts and 4-H groups. Videos, worksheets, lesson plans and craft activities are completed during the presentations.  Adults and youths learn how easy it is to do their part for the environment by “Going Green”, through recycling, cleaning up their community and beautification projects, just to name a few.  Visit our Presentations page for more info!

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