In 2007, the City of Alexandria developed a new and holistic strategic environmental planning process called Eco-City Alexandria. The ultimate goal was to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward environmental sustainability. Learn more about what the City is doing to become a more "green" Alexandria and how you can participate.
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.
The Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) administers the City's air, water, and noise improvement programs, which help preserve and protect the environment and public health and welfare.
Combined Sewer System
There are two types of storm sewer systems in the City of Alexandria, a separate sewer system, and a combined sewer system. Separate sewer systems consist of two pipes: one pipe conveys stormwater runoff (rain water) from storm drains to local waterways with little or no treatment to remove pollutants. The other pipe conveys sanitary sewage to a local wastewater treatment plant (operated by Alexandria Renew Enterprises) as shown in the figure below.
The Environmental Health Division issues permits, regulates and inspects various types of businesses, including restaurants, pools, hotels and marinas. It also assists with mosquito control, tick identification and follow up on animal bites and other possible rabies exposures. It does this through its various programs, including the food, aquatic health, vector, hotel, and water programs.
Preventing mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, eliminating mosquito breeding habitats.
Proactive programs and general information to control the rodent population.