Trash/Recycling On Thursday

Due to the holiday, the trash and recycling pickup will be on Thursday. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup Thursday night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after Thursday night.

In recycling news, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, the City’s Department of Public Works is sponsoring the fourth annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling program. In addition to Christmas trees, the event will include electronics recycling, document shredding and donations of clothing and small household items to Goodwill Industries.

“Bring One for the Chipper 2013” will take place in the paved lot at 1710 Robin Hood Road (northeast corner of Robin Hood Road and North Boulevard), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 11. The event began in 2010 as part of Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ City-wide sustainability initiatives. Recycling keeps the Christmas trees and electronics equipment out of landfills, which helps reduce the City’s carbon footprint.

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816 Riverside Park To Be Demolished

from email:

Notice of Pending Demolition of Imminent Hazard to Public Safety – 816 Riverside Park

In accordance with Section 36-105 of the Code of Virginia, as the Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Richmond I have signed the attached imminent hazard order. This building has deteriorated to the point that its immediate removal is necessary. As a result of this order, the building will be removed, as soon as possible, by either the City of Richmond or the property owner.

If you have questions about the unsafe conditions and the code enforcement status of this building, please contact Michelle Coward, Code Enforcement Program Manager (at MICHELLE.COWARD at RICHMONDGOV.COM or 646-6357).

Please keep in mind that the issuance of the imminent hazard order means that in accordance with City Code Section Sec. 114-930.6. (j), for those properties in City Old and Historic districts demolition can proceed without a certificate of appropriateness being issued by the Commission of Architectural Review (CAR). Also if the building is an area identified for Federal funding, in accordance with the terms of the Richmond Programmatic Agreement, the City will complete Section 106 review of the property on an emergency basis.

If you have questions regarding these historic preservation programs please contact T. Tyler Potterfield (at 804-646-6364 or Thomas.Potterfield at Mr. Potterfield can also add or remove individuals from the distribution list for future imminent notices.


Douglas H. Murrow, AIA, CBO
Commissioner of Buildings

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.

In recycling news, the United Kingdon has a new report on its recycling.(LARGE pdf)

“The report recognizes that our markets are global and intertwined and that we cannot base the export debate solely on the needs of the U.K.,” says Hetherington. “Exports are vital to the U.K.’s £5 billion (US$8.167 billion) metals recycling industry. Currently 60 percent of the recycled material processed in the U.K. is exported. This reflects the decline of our metal production industry which is a matter of regret for our members.”


Next time you see a squirrel in Monroe Park, you might want to consider their origin. A new paper in the Journal of American History covers The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States:

The urbanization of the gray squirrel in the United States between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth century was an ecological and cultural process that changed the squirrels’ ways of life, altered the urban landscape, and adjusted human understandings of nature, the city, and the boundaries of community.

Given the present ubiquity of gray squirrels, it may be difficult to believe that they have not always been common in American cities. In fact, they seem to have been entirely absent during the first half of the nineteenth century. The lack of systematic surveys before the twentieth century hinders estimates of the size of historical squirrel populations, which can fluctuate dramatically from year to year depending on food supplies, weather conditions, and other factors.

CARITAS Needs Donations

From Councilperson Parker Agelasto’s FaceBook page:

CARITAS Furniture Bank is reporting a significant shortage of sofas, chairs, linens, and pots/pans. If you have extra items in the garage or attic, please consider making a donation this holiday season to help a family in need. For VCU students, landlords, or anyone who may be moving at the end of the month, please coordinate with CARITAS to have your surplus items become more than a pile on the sidewalk or alley.