Resource Recovery Announcements
• City Reports 48% Recycling Rate in 2014
• Don’t Throw Away: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
• Yard Waste Program
• Recycling at Work
• Disposing of General-Purpose & Alkaline Batteries
City Reports 48% Recycling Rate in 2014
The Resource Recovery Division reported a 48% recycling rate for 2014 to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. This rate includes material that is diverted from traditional disposal methods and includes items recycled by both residents and business within the City. In addition this recycling rate includes organic material collected through our leaf collection, yard waste, and composting pilot programs. As part of the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative we have a year 2020 recycling rate goal of 65%. We need your help in achieving this goal. For residents living in housing with yards who are already recycling their papers, cardboard, and food containers, the next step to help boost the rate is to ensure that yard waste is being separated from regular trash for composting. For residents who live in apartments and condominiums without yards, the critical step is to locate your building’s recycling containers and recycle everything allowed at your building. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling
Don’t Throw Away…. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
The City’s Resource Recovery programs work as part of the waste management hierarchy–reduce, reuse, recycle, which also represents the order of importance of these ideas:
• Reduce needless consumption and the generation of waste.
• Reuse any item that can be reused or give it to a person or charity that can reuse it.
• Recycle whatever discards remain if you can and only dispose what you must.
If you are getting rid of old, out of season, or unwanted items, make sure to consider donating, selling, or re-purposing those items. Some non-profit donation companies will pick up items at your home for no charge. And consider listing items on CraigsList or FreeCycle. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling
Yard Waste Program
The City’s Yard Waste recycling efforts are an important factor for achieving the long-term target of achieving a 65% recycling rate by 2020. Residents that use lawn care services to maintain their lawns are encouraged to place grass trimmings in paper yard waste bags or hard-sided containers so these materials can be composted. Grass trimmings placed in plastic bags will be thrown away as trash and not composted, therefore not contributing to the City’s overall recycling rate. To request ‘Yard Waste Only’ decals or get more information visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste .
Recycling at Work
Is recycling easy at work? Recycling at work should be as easy as recycling at home. If you work in Alexandria, your employer is required to offer recycling to employees. In most cases the same materials that can be recycled at home can also be recycled at work. For more information visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling.
Disposing of General-Purpose & Alkaline Batteries
Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Remember to read the label, and if it says “Alkaline,” please dispose of it in your household trash. If you cannot read the label, please take it to a Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling site located at 3224 Colvin Street. Normal hours of operation are Monday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more details, visit alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery