City of Alexandria, VA
City of Alexandria Reports 41.4% Recycing Rate To Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
The City of Alexandria reported a 41.4% recycling rate to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for 2010. This figure reflects an increase of nearly 13 percentage points, the result of a more than 50% increase in both commercial and residential recycling collections, in combination with decreasing trash tonnages.
The City also earned more than $463,000 in revenue from the sale of recycled materials and saved more than $1.3 million in disposal costs by diverting materials from the waste stream. The City’s Eco-City Alexandria initiative and recycling initiatives that contributed to the City’s improved rate include:
The City also reported a 24% increase in collections at the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics site, a 146% improvement in the City facilities and schools recycling program, and expanded recycling collections at more than 20 special events throughout the City. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling or call 703.746.4025.