Sustainability Events

Clean Commute Month

Once again, we’ve got fun events planned to celebrate Bike Month and Clean Commute Challenge here at RIDE Solutions. You can find a full list of events at our events page:, but here are a few highlights for the New River Valley.

5th Annual Fix Fest, Blacksburg: April 26, 9:30 to 1:30 pm at the Media Building Lawn across from the Farmers’ Market.

Bike Shorts Film Festival, NRV screening: May 8, 7pm at the Lyric Theater, Blacksburg ($5 at the door)

Clean Commute Challenge: the month of May, sign up for yourself or a team,

Town of Blacksburg Earth/Arbor Day events

4/26/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recreation Administration Buildin

615 Patrick Henry Drive

Come plant the next generation of trees at Blacksburg’s tree nursery and the Huckleberry Trail. Bring a shovel and a friend. The Town of Blacksburg’s tree nursery was created to increase volunteer opportunities, lower CO2 levels, and promote wildlife habitat throughout the town.

Also, don’t forget to bring your papers for the free on site shred a thon event.

Green your Lawn & Landscape-by horticulturist Barry Robinson. 10 am-11:30am. $5. Register through VT YMCA by calling 540-961-9622.

For more information on the day’s activities, contact Blacksburg Parks and Recreation at (540) 961-1142, or the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling at 540-961-1806,

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at Kent Square on April 26 from 9:30 am to about 12:00 pm

National Drug Take Back Day

The Blacksburg Police Department will be participating in the National Drug Take Back program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This program allows individuals to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal. The collection will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive.

Collection Site Protocol
Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap should be tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.


We are proud to announce that once again the following events have received Virginia Green Status in 2014. Details about our Green Events can be found at :

Horseshoes & Hats Kentucky Derby Casino Night- Saturday May 3

Summer Solstice Fest- June 20-21

Art at the Market- Saturday July 19

Steppin' Out- Aug 1-2

Please support our green efforts by carpooling, walking, biking or taking the bus to our events!!


Compact Fluorescent Lamps, printer cartridges and batteries: Use Them, and Recycle Them Downtown

In an effort to be more Green many of us are making the switch to compact fluorescent lamps, (CFL). These lights last longer than the standard incandescent bulbs and use less energy. But, unlike incandescent bulbs, CFL's cannot be thrown in the trash. They contain a small amount of mercury, which allows the lamps to be more efficient, but mercury is toxic and must be disposed of properly.

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg have made it their mission to help out with the proper disposal of CFL's, batteries and printer cartridges.  Please tape the ends of your batteries or individually bag them before dropping them off at one of the collection points in downtown Blacksburg. The following businesses will accept CFL's, batteries and printer cartridges and take them to the correct recycle collection points at no charge to you:

Colley Architects
Community Arts Information Office
EATS Natural Foods
Heavener Hardware
The Artful Lawyer Gallery Store
Wireless Zone

The Bike Barn accepts used bike tires, inner tubes and metal bike parts for recycling.
Heavener Hardware has a cardboard compactor available for public use to recycle cardboard.


The Town of Blacksburg has already installed the “split can inserts” into 6 existing cans (half is devoted to trash and half recycling). They are located at:
• 316 N. Main Street @Chipolte.
• 400 N. Main Street @Tobacco Shop.
• 208 N. Main Street @ front of Lilac.
• N. Main Street @ Post Office Corner.
• N. Main Street @ Old NBB Bank.
• N. Main Street @ Capones.

They have also installed one new recycle only can and one new duel can (½ trash – ½ recycling), both at DP Dough.

There are 7 more locations remaining to install – coming soon:
• Draper Road @ Farmers Market – two new duel cans.
• Draper Road @ Armory Building – one new recycle only can.
• Draper Road @ Armory Building Stairs - one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ Sharkeys – one new recycle only can.
• 322 N. Main Street @ Hokie House – one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ Cooks Clean Center – one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ crosswalk @ Mike’s Grille - one new recycle only can.

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg have also committed to follow the DEQ guidelines and officially make all of our events Virginia Green!

For information about Environmental Sustainability in Blacksburg click here.
For information about  Ride Solutions click here

For information about Sustainable Blacksburg click here.

For information from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (DEQ) visit:

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  |  P.O. Box 233  |  Blacksburg, Virginia 24063  |  (540) 951-0454  |