Recycling supports the County’s commitments to both pollution prevention and climate protection. We have increased the types of materials employees are able to recycle in County Office Buildings. In addition to cardboard, boxboard, and most types of paper, employees can recycle ink cartridges, most types of batteries, and any electronic waste (e-waste).
E-waste from the County is recycled or reused by Computer Recycling of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) E-Waste website, certain E-Waste components may contain small amounts of regulated heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium, chromium and mercury. Although there is currently no requirement to recycle this equipment, this is an evolving area of the state regulations, and changes are expected in the next few years.
The General Services Department has set a goal of increasing the volume of materials reused or recycled from County buildings by 5% annually. Recycled quantities from 2007 are:
E-Waste - 6,730 lbs
Batteries - 121 lbs
Mercury containing lamps - 600 lbs
Ballasts - 150 lbs
Cardboard - 13 tons
Paper - 63.05 tons
Co-mingled glass/metal/plastic drink containers - 622.26 cu.ft.
Recycling in our Community
Green Resource Map
Please click here for the official Albemarle County web page on community recycling.
See the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority website for local recycling information.
Click here to download the County’s fact sheet on proper disposal and recycling of common household items.
Click here for more information on Bulky Waste Amnesty Days, which are held twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
Ten Reasons to Recycle:
- Beneficial for the Local Economy
Domestic companies have a reliance on recycling programs in order to provide the raw materials that they need to create fresh products.
- Creation of Jobs
Recycling in the U.S. is an extremely large scale industry. Recycling centers and re-use enterprises at large employ over a million workers nationwide.
- Reduction of Waste
The average American discards a substantial amount of waste on a daily basis. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills. By maximizing our recycling rate, we can divert landfill waste.
- Good For Our Environment
Recycling requires substantially less energy, uses fewer overall natural resources, and keeps waste from accumulating in landfills.
- Savings of Energy
To process the materials and form a product with virgin materials uses a significantly larger amount of energy then the recycling and/or reuse of a product
- Preservation of Landfill Space
A large portion of existing landfill spaces are filled with materials that could have been otherwise recycled
- Lessens Global Warming Effects
Recycling of solid waste prevents the release of greenhouse gases into the air.
- Reduction of Water Pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates less water pollution and by diverting materials from landfills it keeps our water cleaner by avoiding groundwater seepage.
- Protection of Nature and Wildlife
For example, oftentimes plastic waste is diverted into the ocean causing harm to ocean wildlife.
- Demand for New Products
There are lots of innovative products on the market that feature recycled content. Many of these products are used around the world and in the workplace (i.e. recycled-content paper, construction products, toner cartridges, etc..)