VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and its E-cycling partners say they've never been happier to get people's trash.
During four hours of frigid cold temperatures on January 25, nearly 700 vehicles dropped off their recyclables.
The following was collected:
Goodwill Industries filled four semi-trucks, collecting 48,190 pounds of electronic waste.
TFC Recycling collected 240 pounds of recyclable waste which included paper, glass, plastic and aluminum based products.
City of Virginia Beach Public Works, newcomers to the event, was pleasantly surprised to collect 17,150 pounds of household hazardous waste.
All of the collected waste, which totals 65,580 pounds or 32.79 tons, was diverted from the landfill.
Additionally, voluntary donations from citizens totaled $1,447. This money is earmarked for the Aquarium's Green Team and their efforts to promote sustainable practices in their operations and the community at large.
Since 2009, 10 aquarium E-cycling events have collectively diverted more than 220 tons of waste from the landfill.
Virginia Aquarium Director of Research and Conservation Mark Swingle said, 'Having participated in all 10 of our E-cycling events, I can tell you that this may have been the coldest but I was so impressed by the energy of the partners, volunteers and citizens who continue to support this amazing event. We are proud that our collective efforts are making a difference for the environment.'