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
58.1% CY2020 CY2020
59.1% CY2019 CY2019
58.7% CY2018 CY2018
59% CY 2017 CY2017
58.9% CY 2016 CY2016
58.8% CY 2015 CY2015
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’s Operations Analyst sharing regional recycling rate information to members of the CVWMA BOD during its April 17, 2020 virtual meeting.

CY 2020

Regional Recycling Rate 2020 Presentation, April 16, 2021 (virtually). Submitted report to VA DEQ on April 30, 2021 as required. We are waiting for affirmation letter from them.


Media coverage over the years:

Virginians are recycling more of their trash (11/12/19 by Eric Everington, Capital News Service)

Congratulations Central Virginia! CVWMA’s Regional Recycling Rate @ 58.7% for CY2018

Regional Recycling Rate 2018 Presentation, April 19, 2019.

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

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

Richmond Family Magazine, June 6, 2014

Progress-Index, June 10,2014


2021 Recyclable Materials Processed Form – Calendar Year 2021 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:

2021 Regional Recycling Rate Instructions and 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 Analyst, CVWMA, at or (804)612-0556.