City of Alexandria, VA
Recycling is an everyday way to fight climate change. Recycling saves natural resources, energy and money. In 2011, Alexandria recycled:
The recycling program is tasked with providing recycling collection to eligible single-family homes; encouraging recycling at home, school, and work; as well as providing education about recycling and setting up recycling collection programs.
Stop Delivery of Unwanted Catalogs and Junk Mail
Some Packaging is Easier to Recycle
Just because it’s easy to toss food containers into a recycling bin doesn’t mean it’s easy to process and recover those materials. Aluminum and metal cans are very easy to reprocess and recover metals. Plastics are more challenging because of their wide variety and glass is nearly impossible to recycle economically. So when shopping, consider choosing metal, plastic, or paper containers over glass.
Covanta promotes energy efficiency with donation of Electric Car fueled by Alexandria Energy from Waste Facility.
The City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) in partnership with Covanta Energy are working on several initiatives to promote the environmental benefits of using Alexandria/Arlington waste as fuel for the generation of electricity. As such, Covanta is donating a Nissan Leaf for the next three years; this fully electric car runs solely on a rechargeable battery, has no supplementary gas engine, and gets approximately 106 miles per gallon. The City’s Recycling Team will use this car to perform route inspections and work with businesses as they promote recycling. Due to the City’s density, electric cars with zero emissions and limited range are ideal in Alexandria.
Recycling Presentations Now Available for HOA’s or Community Groups
Confused about what can be recycled? You are not alone! Recent improvements in sorting technology at recycling processing facilities, and global demand for recovered resources, have created changes in recycling throughout the City of Alexandria. In addition, unwanted electronic equipment has become a resource for recovered special metals. The City’s recycling staff is now available to discuss these changes with home-owners associations and community groups. For more information call Stiles Peabody at 703.746.4135.
City of Alexandria Achieves 48% Recycling Rate
The City of Alexandria has achieved its highest recycling rate ever! The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the City's 2011 Recycling Rate Report that documents a municipal solid waste recycling rate of 48.4 percent. This is a seven percent increase over last year's reported 41.4 percent recycling rate, and 20 percentage points higher than the City’s 2009 recycling rate as certified by the Virginia DEQ. The City’s recycling rate has been continuously improving over the past several years due in part to a significant reduction in the overall waste generated combined with improvements to the City’s recycling services which include larger carts for single stream recycling and the addition of alley recycling pickup services. This improved recycling rate puts us another step closer to achieving the City’s long-term Eco-City Alexandria goals while saving the City a considerable amount of money in avoided waste disposal costs.
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