Looking for events? Check out Earth-friendly happenings offered in the County throughout spring and beyond.
Be Earth Friendly Everyday
Whether it's your yard, your home, a park or just a green spot in Arlington, there are numerous ways to help the Earth every day in Arlington:
- Become a regular spring (March 31) and fall (TBD) participant at E-CARE, giving a safe sendoff to Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) plus bikes, shoes and more - or use our HHM collection center other times.
- Explore StormwaterWise Landscapes (this year's application due March 30), and create your own rain garden, conservation landscape, or other project to improve water quality and create a beautiful habitat for birds and butterflies.
- Create your own rain barrel in one of our rain barrel workshops.
- Save energy and money with our Home Energy Rebates! Add insulation, upgrade your heating/cooling equipment, or replace your water heater.
- Choose among the daily Earth-friendly happenings in Arlington.
- Plant a tree.
- Volunteer to be a stream monitor by contacting Aileen Winquist at 703-228-3610.
The County's Solid Waste Bureau helps Arlingtonians reduce waste every day through a variety of programs and services:
- Not sure if you should you recycle that? Our handy Where Does It Go? directory helps answer that question.
- Place recycling containers in your laundry room, bathroom and garage as this can drastically reduce how much waste goes into the garbage in your home.
- When you take your plastic bags to the grocery store to be recycled, you can bring along many more types of plastic film materials. Check which grocery stores accept recycled plastic bags.
- Getting a lot of unwanted mail? Before placing it in the recycling bin, take a moment to remove your name from the company's mailing list. Arlington has partnered with Catalog Choice so you can register for the "Do Not Mail" list.
- Join the Arlington Freecycle group to exchange goods with neighbors instead of purchasing new items.
- Learn more about our new curbside year-round yard waste program.
- Learn about the County Board's Zero Waste Resolution, which aims to divert 90 percent of the County's waste by 2038.
You can also visit one of Arlington's eight public libraries and online, offering numerous programs to help you be more eco-friendly:
- Need to measure how much energy your home appliances are using? Borrow a Kill A Watt meter at any Library location.
- Check out the energy lending library to learn about saving energy, monitor your energy usage, check out LED bulbs, and more!
- Need to dispose of old CFL bulbs? You can drop those off at at Central, Aurora Hills and Plaza.
In Arlington, there's an imperative to be good stewards to the environment, nature and wildlife. In addition to the many events offered throughout the year, the public can volunteer to help keep Arlington beautiful. Here are a few opportunities:
Explore Arlington's Parks and Nature Centers
- Gulf Branch Nature Center - Gulf Branch is nestled in lovely park settings and are staffed with friendly and knowledgeable people. They provide interpretive environmental education programs for all ages and for a wide variety of audiences including small groups. It features exhibits, children’s Discovery Room, pollinator garden, live animal exhibit room, pond, restored log cabin, observation bee hive and more.
- Long Branch Nature Center - Long Branch Nature Center features exhibits, a children’s Discovery Room, live animal displays, interpretive gardens, a viewing pond and space for birthday parties. The Center hosts year-round programs and special events, including story times, campfires, invasive plant removals and nature walks. It’s located in a beautiful setting that offers a natural habitat for bird watching and other outdoor activities. There are sightings of everything from woodpeckers to wood ducks and warblers.
- Bon Air Rose Garden - Bon Air Park features a beautiful memorial rose garden that is often a chosen location for wedding photos. The Arlington Rose Foundation serves as partner to advise on and help promote planting. Enjoy the azalea, shade, sun and ornamental tree gardens. Master Gardeners of Arlington maintain sun and shade gardens to use as teaching tools for local gardeners.
Are you on the Car Free Diet?
Arlington's Car-Free Diet is the easy, fun way to live a car-free lifestyle. Each time you leave your car at home – choosing instead to ride transit, bike, walk or telework – you can save money, improve your health and clean our environment.
- Did you know? You could save $816 a month, or $9,797 a year, if you switch from driving to riding public transportation for your commute.
- Plan your car free trip using our Car Free A to Z tool.
- How can you learn about the Car Free Diet? Meet us at one of our events.
- Use the Car Free Diet calculator to get personalized estimates of benefits when you go on Arlington’s Car-Free Diet.
Rethink Energy with Arlington
The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team can help with