Where to Take Trash, Garbage and Recycling
While each condominium complex at Wintergreen has their own dumpsters and cans for fireplace ashes, Nelson County provides the trash management and recycling for Wintergreen homes. The county provides two trash compactors and a paper recycling bin on the mountain (see map).
All Wintergreen property owners can also use all of the county's solid waste and recycling facilities as well. The transfer station just off Route 151, north of Nellysford at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, is closest to Wintergreen. It's closed on Mondays and holidays.
Nelson County recycles corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, metal food cans (aluminum, tin, steel, or bi-metal), and plastic containers. Most plastic containers from grocery stores can be recycled, such as water bottles, milk jugs, shampoo and detergent bottles, margarine tubs, plastic containers for cookies and strawberries, plastic plant pots, and containers up to the size of five-gallon plastic tubs. Containers must be empty. Remove and discard lids in the garbage. Not acceptable for recycling: Styrofoam containers (such as meat trays and hot drink cups), containers for motor oil and hazardous chemicals, plastic items that are not containers, and plastic bags used by retailer. Put these into the garbage.
Nelson County does not recycle glass at this time. "Glass is inert; it does not pollute air or water. Glass can be safely used as fill," the county notes.
For construction waste, old furniture, electronics and other waste not appropriate for the convenience trash transfer centers, Nelson County's primary transfer station can be used by Wintergreen property owners, located off of Route 29, south of Lovington, Va., (972 Morse Lane, Arrington, VA 22922).
For hours of operation and information on how to dispose of items such as paints and pesticides, see Nelson County's solid waste department's webpage here or call 434-263-7097.
Nelson County has a "re-use shed" at the Rockfish Transfer Station where useable items can be dropped off. There are two non-profit organizations in Nelson County where many Wintergreen residents donate useable items. One is The Treasure Chest and the other is the Almost Home Thrift Shop. Both organizations have volunteers from the Wintergreen community.
The Treasure Chest thrift store has been a source of financial support for Rockfish Valley Community Center since 2001. In addition to serving the many shoppers, store staff and volunteers serve a more quiet service. On a daily basis people’s needs are met whether or not they are able to pay.
The SPCA Thrift Shop on Route 29 is a very important revenue source for the animal shelter.
Both organizations welcome and appreciate thoughtful donations that are in immediate re-sale condition. In 2015 both began taking donations of large furniture. Treasure Chest accepts furniture that is in excellent condition on a consignment basis.
While both the thrift stores try to reuse and recycle all of their donations, items that are stained, need cleaning, repairs, are missing parts, or are in bags or containers that may be mildewed, contain spiders or insects, or have kept company with mice or other critters, are not suitable.
If it is gently used, in working condition, then chances are it is a good donation. If you are unsure whether an item fits these criteria, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "Would I buy this item in this condition?"
The Blackrock trash compactor is at the intersection of Blackrock Drive and Tyro Lane.
The trash compactor and paper recycling bin off of Wintergreen Drive is near the Wintergarden is on the north side of the parking lot close to the mailbox pavilion.
Nelson County's solid waste and recycling center nearest Wintergreen is north of Nellysford just off Route 151 (136 Rockfish School Lane). The center recycles corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, metal food cans and plastic containers. There is a re-use shed for useable household items. The center is open 7 am to 7 pm, closed on Mondays and holidays. More information here.