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Recycling and Waste Regulations in the State of Virginia

One of the top states in the country for recycling

Virginia’s 2012 recycling rate was 41.5%, making it one of the best recycling states in the nation. The state-mandated goal for all towns and municipalities in Virginia is 25%.

Learn more about recycling in Virginia.

Why is recycling so important?

Recycling benefits the environment, as you probably already know, but its economic benefits are not as well known. The recycling industry bring jobs to Virginia.

According to the EPA, for every 10,000 lbs. of waste disposed of in landfills, there is only 1 job created. On the other hand, the same amount of waste processed at recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.

Recycling offers:

  • New jobs, more money flowing through the state and local economies
  • Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less need for virgin materials to manufacture new products

Disposing of electronics and computers

Electronic waste, or e-waste, contains toxic chemicals like lead and mercury that are an environmental and public health hazard. So, e-waste recycling is the best option.

Here are a few options to dispose of e-waste:

  1. Goodwill and Dell have partnered to accept e-waste through their ReConnect Program
  2. Drop off at Office Depot
  3. Return product to the manufacturer for safe disposal/recycling
  4. Best Buy accepts e-waste

Solid waste rules and regulations in Virginia

Before you tackle your next home renovation project, re-roofing, construction or demolition project, familiarize yourself with Virginia’s laws regarding waste disposal.

You can access this information at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Virginia

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.