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Regional Recycling Rate

CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, complies the annual recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of their waste each year.

Thanks to the efforts and commitment to recycling by central Virginia citizens and businesses the CVWMA’s regional recycling rate has remained over 55 %, making central Virginia one of the highest recycling regions in the state.
Recycling Rate Calendar Year   Press Release 
     59% CY 2017 CY2017
    58.9% CY 2016 CY2016
   58.8% CY 2015 CY_2015
    57.7%  CY 2014 CY2014 
    58.4%   CY 2013  CY2013
    57.4%   CY 2012  CY2012
    56.6 %   CY 2011  CY2011
    55.5%   CY2010  CY2010

Reggie Thompson, CVWMA Operations Technician sharing information with members of the CVWMA Board of Directors on April 20, 2018 for RRR Calendar Year 2017.

Media coverage:

CY 2016

CY 2015

CY 2015

Virginia State Summary Report for CY 2015– Recycling Success Story- CVWMA

CY 2014

CY 2014

Virginia State Summary Report for CY 2014– Recycling Success Stories- City of Richmond

2017 Recyclable Materials Processed Form – Calendar Year 2017 for the annual Regional Recycling Rate Reporting to the VA DEQ  is now available. This form is to be completed by contractors only. Please refer to the instructions, volume to weight conversion rates, and examples for reporting below to complete the form. 
Recycling Rate Form

Guidance and Instructions:

2017 Regional Recycling Rate Instructions

2017 Locality Recycling Rate Report Conversion Table

Examples for reporting include:

Paper includes recyclable white and mixed units such as cardboard, catalogs, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, paperboard, etc.
Metal includes aluminum, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, lead, scrap metal, steel, etc.
Plastic includes bags, bottles, films, packaging/strips, shrink wrap, etc.
Glass includes bottles and containers.
Yard Waste includes composted or mulched waste only.
Debris Waste includes brush, leaves, stumps, wood, etc.
Construction and Demolition Waste such as brick, concrete, glass, lumber, metal, paving material, pipes, sheetrock, wire, etc.
Electronics include cell phones, computers, monitors, stereo equipment, televisions, VCRs, etc.
Cloth/Textile include carpet, curtains, drapes, fabric, shoes, towels, etc.
Batteries such as alkaline, lead-acid, lithium, nickel cadmium (rechargeable), silver oxide (watches/hearing aids), etc.
Food Waste
Other materials may include recyclables such as ink/toner cartridges, pallets, restaurant grease, etc.
  • See table for volume to weight conversion information.

Questions? Please contact Reggie Thompson, Operations Technician, CVWMA,  at rthompson@cvwma.com or (804)612-0556.