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CVWMA’s September 2018 Waste Reduction News

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 in Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, News, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond

Read our September 2018 Waste Reduction News e-newsletter here. In this issue: Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA Collections Upcoming Special Collection Events Recycle Right Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Special Scout Patch

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Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA Collections

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in Ashland, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Hopewell, News, Petersburg, Richmond

August 23, 2018 Contact: Nancy Drumheller, Public Affairs Manager; (804)612-0557; ndrumheller@cvwma.com Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA Residential Recycling & Trash Collections Richmond, VA-  CVWMA residential recycling and trash collections will be delayed one day the week of September 3-7 in observance of Labor Day (Monday, September 3). No collections will be made on Monday; thus, all collections during this week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday. This holiday schedule change affects BLUE WEEK residential recyclers in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond. Trash collections the week of September 3-7 in Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg will occur on the day following the normal collection day through Saturday. For additional information about CVWMA programs, please call CVWMA at (804)340-0900 (recycling) or (804) 425-0500 (trash) or visit www.cvwma.com, CVWMA on Facebook, CVWMA on Twitter, and CVWMA on Instagram....

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Local Impacts to changing Global Recycling Markets, We must clean up our act! Recycle right!

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 in Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, News, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond

July 26, 2018 Contact: Nancy Drumheller, Public Affairs Manager, 804-612-0557 or ndrumheller@cvwma.com Local Impacts to changing Global Recycling Markets We must clean up our act! Recycle right! Richmond, VA- Recycling needs OUR help!  The recycling containers are for recyclable items ONLY. Placing items, such as plastic bags or food contaminated containers, that are not accepted in your curbside recycling cart/bin or the drop-off recycling containers cause contamination issues and add additional processing and disposal costs. Please place LOOSE acceptable items ONLY in the recycling container. Do NOT bag your recycling in plastic bags. Anything in a plastic bag will not be recycled!   CVWMA’s recycling vendors will no longer pick up unwanted items like plastic bags and other non-recyclables, including food contaminated containers. To avoid this, visit cvwma.com and make sure you Recycle Right! Why is this now more important than ever?   Nearly all of the paper and cardboard collected in central Virginia for recycling was marketed to paper mills in China. Yes, “was” is the operative word. China “was” the largest importer of recyclable material in the world until recently when they have stopped allowing certain commodities such as mixed paper into the country because of poor quality. In other words, when non-recyclable items, like plastic bags, get mixed in bales of paper or cardboard, it contaminates the paper, and the Chinese are tired of buying poor quality feedstock for their mills. Shutting off the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials has driven market prices down to a level that is not sustainable and has even rendered at least one-third of the volume collected in residential and drop off recycling programs to little or no value. This is forcing recycling companies and municipalities to question the economic viability of recycling, especially products such as mixed paper and glass. The continued success of recycling programs locally and globally is dependent on economically feasible end markets.  In the past, revenue generated from the sale of recyclables has covered labor and equipment necessary to sort, bale and transport the commodities to respective markets. According to Kim Hynes, Executive Director, CVWMA, “Nearly all of the paper and cardboard collected in CVWMA residential recycling programs was marketed to Chinese mills because of the high demand.  Other buyers such as Vietnam, India and Korea and domestic mills are now flooded with scrap paper and are becoming pickier than ever on accepting the material.” CVWMA collaborates with 13 local governments in central Virginia and provides residential recycling to 275,000 households in 9 jurisdictions and also provides recycling opportunities at 35 drop-off locations for cardboard, paper, cans, bottles, cartons and other plastic containers.  The Authority has made significant strides in encouraging recycling by making it more convenient – picking it up on the curb, no need to sort, providing large recycling cans, and adding commodities to recycle even more!  Has all of this been to a detriment?  The answer is NO – but we do need to work together to cleanup recycling so it is sustainable in the future. This situation with China and the recycling markets has created a disruption in the industry, the reality of which will reveal the true costs of recycling, particularly as markets fluctuate and local processors seek new outlets to sell collected commodities. Moreover, we don’t want to lose the recycling...

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Congratulations Central Virginia! CVWMA’s Regional Recycling Rate @59% for CY 2017

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, News, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond

June 28, 2018 Contact: Nancy Drumheller, Public Affairs Manager, 804-612-0557 or ndrumheller@cvwma.com Congratulations Central Virginia! CVWMA’s Regional Recycling Rate @ 59% for CY 2017 Richmond, VA – Thanks to the efforts and commitment to recycling by central Virginia citizens and businesses the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ) has notified Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) that its regional recycling rate has once again exceeded 55 percent! This means that an estimated 59% of the waste generated in our region for Calendar Year (CY) 2017 was recycled and kept out of area landfills. CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional 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. Nearly 81,529 tons of paper-related material (newspaper, office paper and cardboard) was recycled in 2017. Yard waste and wood waste which are chipped into compost or mulch comprise another 206,672 tons recycled.  Metals, textiles, glass and plastic are also measured for the report.  Auto bodies, appliances, and assorted other metal items made up the nearly 106,001 tons of metal that were recycled in 2017.  Clothing donations to organizations such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army contribute to the textiles total of about 8,659 tons. The trash generation figure is an estimate based on national research. The Environmental Protection Agency (Franklin Associates) estimates that citizens create an average of 4.44 pounds of trash per person per day. The recycling rate is computed by dividing the amount recycled in the region by the amount of trash generated. The amount recycled is gathered from local and national businesses providing recycling to the area. The total amount recycled and not land filled for the region in CY 2017 was 517,285 tons. CVWMA recycling programs include residential (curbside) collection and drop-off centers; yard waste, electronics, appliances, batteries, HHW and tires to name a few. Residential (Curbside) recycling collects approximately 36,000 tons annually; drop-off recycling, about 5,600 tons. That is a lot of paper, bottles and cans! The regional rate has remained above 55 percent for the past several years, making central Virginia one of the highest recycling regions in the state. Variations in the rate are attributed to the number of businesses who provide information to CVWMA. Contributions are voluntary. For more information on CVWMA programs, visit www.cvwma.com; CVWMA on Facebook; CVWMA on Twitter ; and CVWMA on Instagram....

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Plastic Bags and Plastic Bagged Recyclables Not Accepted in CVWMA Recycling Programs

Posted on Mar 28, 2018 in Ashland, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, News, Petersburg, Powhatan, Richmond

CVWMA wants to help you recycle better. CVWMA does not accept plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables in its residential (curbside) recycling and drop-off recycling programs. Plastic bags are one of the top contaminants at local material recovery facilities ( or MRF’s) Plastic bags wrap around sorting equipment and cause damage Plastic bags prevent materials from being properly sorted Plastic bags add additional disposal costs If you use plastic bags, recycle at local grocery/retail stores.  ...

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CVWMA Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence In Financial Reporting

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, News, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond

March 16, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Nancy Drumheller, Public Affairs Manager, (804)612-0557 or ndrumheller@cvwma.com Congratulations CVWMA! Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Recipient Richmond, VA – Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual financial report and submits the CAFR information to the Government Finance Officers Association. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department, or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This has been presented to Kimberly A. Hynes, Executive Director of the CVWMA. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. This is the 21st consecutive year that the CVWMA has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. For more financial information on CVWMA and all of its programs, visit...

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City of Hopewell Adding Curbside Recycling Services & Making Changes to Trash Collection

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Hopewell

March 11,2014 Contact: Nancy Drumheller, Public Information Coordinator, 804-612-0557 City of Hopewell Adding Curbside Recycling Services & making Changes to Trash Collection Citywide Delivery of 96-gallon Recycling Carts Set for June 2014 Richmond, VA-The City of Hopewell is excited to announce Curbside Recycling coming soon to residents!   In an effort to enhance services and to increase recycling, the City will add every-other-week curbside recycling collection services to all eligible households and businesses starting July 1, 2014.  There is no cost to the resident for these curbside recycling enhancements. “Citizens have been asking for recycling services for many years, and I am proud to have worked on bringing curbside recycling to Hopewell and helping educate citizen on the benefits of recycling” says, City Manager Mark Haley. “Providing everyone a recycling cart will make it easier for residents to recycle, and they will find they have more space in their trash cart.” “Recycling is an important step towards making the City a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit,” says Thomas Meadows, Chairman, Keep Hopewell Beautiful Committee. County Waste has been selected by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) and the City of Hopewell as the curbside recycling collection service provider to begin July 1, 2014. Recycling collection will occur EVERY OTHER WEEK on either RED or BLUE Wednesdays beginning in July 2014. Residents will receive a collection schedule with collection day information attached to cart when delivered. County Waste will begin distributing new recycling carts in June 2014.   Each residence and business will receive 1 recycling cart. City of Hopewell residents will be the latest to join hundreds of thousands of other curbside recyclers in Central Virginia. “One of the goals with this new program is to reduce the overall waste stream entering the landfill, and we are pleased to now provide residents and businesses with a convenient opportunity to recycle at the curb,” says Kim Hynes, Executive Director for Central Virginia Waste Management Authority. Only the following materials are accepted for recycling and should be placed in the recycling cart: cardboard, mixed paper (including newspapers, junk mail, etc.), aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles with a #1 or #2.  All other trash should be placed in your trash cart. The City will continue its Drop-off Recycling Program at these locations: Cavalier Square Shopping Center Colonial Corner Shopping Center, 4100 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell Recreation Center, 100 W. City Point Rd Fire Station #2, 3400 Virginia Street, near Wilmington Ave In addition, Container First Services (CFS) has been selected by the (CVWMA) and the City of Hopewell as the new trash collection service provider to begin July 1, 2014.  Trash will be collected weekly on the following days Residents and businesses on Mondays.  NOTE: This is a change for some city residents. Downtown area will be on Thursdays Litter baskets on Mondays and Thursdays City residents will continue to use existing trash carts. Additional carts may be purchased for $58.00. Bulky waste (such a furniture, appliances, etc.) should be placed at the curb with cart on collection day. Up to the equivalent of a ½ ton pick-up truck load will be collected. Residents are encouraged to call the Trash Collection Hotline at (804) 425-0500 prior to collection day to schedule the pickup. Brush...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in News

We got a new look! Read our Our September 2013 Waste Reduction News e-newsletter here. In this issue: CVWMA Elects new Board of Directors CVWMA Launches New Web Design Labor Day Holiday to Delay Curbside Recycling and Trash Collecti0ns Week of Sept. 2 James River Regional Cleanup Day, Sept. 14 ( Note there is a broken link on the newsletter to the list of cleanup sites. We apologize for this link error. This info can be found on the Click here for more information and to register...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in News

August 26, 2013 Contact:  Nancy W. Drumheller, Public Information Coordinator, ndrumheller@cvwma.com or 804-612-0557 Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA Curbside & Trash Collections Curbside recycling and trash collections through CVWMA will be delayed one day the week of September 2 due to the Monday, Labor Day holiday. No collections will be made on Monday; thus all collections during this week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday. This holiday schedule change affects curbside recyclers in Ashland, Henrico County, Goochland County (portions), the City of Petersburg (Red Week only) and the City of Richmond (Red Week only). Trash collection services for residents living in Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg will occur on the day following the normal collection day. For more information, please contact the Recycling Hotline at (804)340-0900  or the Trash Collection Hotline at (804)425-0500 or visit www.cvwma.com...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in News

Pictured here left to right: Marc Rene, CVWMA Clerk to Board; Bill Hamby, Jr., Robert Key, Steve Chidsey, Robert Whiteman, James A. Jackson. Not pictured: Mark Kukoski. The Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) has elected officers for the 2013- 2014 year. The new officers, and the localities they represent, are listed below: Chair – Steve Chidsey (Hanover) Vice Chair – Robert Key (Chesterfield) Secretary – Bill Hamby, Jr. (Prince George) Treasurer – Robert C. Whiteman (Henrico) Director – James A. Jackson (Richmond) Immediate Past Chair – Mark Kukoski (City of Richmond) The officers will serve through June 30, 2011. For more information, visit the CVWMA website at...

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