Recycling helps preserve raw materials such as wood and metal and helps to reduce pollution. Recycling preserves our present resources for the sake of future generations.
There are three main points you should consider when it comes to recycling and personal responsibility. These three rules are often referred to as the three R's.
- REDUCE your waste - buy things that can be reused or refilled. Do not
accept unnecessary bags and wrapping when you are shopping.
- RETURN...TAKE BACK returnables - bottles, car batteries, etc.
- RE-USE AND REPAIR rather than buy new.
There are currently SIX recycling outlets available in our community.
- Curbside Recycling Program. The Albemarle County Recycling Ordinance, adopted September 15, 1993, requires trash haulers to provide curbside recycling to residents wishing to participate. Residents can recycle newspapers, magazines and catalogues in a separate bag for pickup by your trash hauler. For more information about individual hauler routes and dates/times of pickups, please contact your trash hauler.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to deposit old newspapers (and glossy inserts), magazines and catalogs at:
- Sam's Club parking lot, located off Rt. 29 North (behind the Doubletree Hotel). Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
- Pantops Shopping Center located next to Roses Store, located off Rt. 250 East. Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
County residents can also use the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority's recycling centers:
- Ivy Materials Utilization Center located on Route 637 (Dick Woods Road), 3 miles south of the I-64 (Ivy) Exit. Residents can use the recycling center just before the scale house to recycle newspaper, magazines, catalogues and cardboard.
- McIntire Road Recycling Center, located on McIntire Road just north of the Albemarle County Office Building. Center users are strongly encouraged to source separated recyclables at the home/office, so off-loading at McIntire is much easier! In separate containers, McIntire accepts four categories of paper, one category for comingled glass products to include bottles and jars of all colors (but no windowpane glass please), and one category each for aluminum food/beverage cans, non-aluminum metal containers, #1 plastic, #2 plastic, and all other plastic (including Styrofoam), except plastic bags. The center operates at the following times: Wednesday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.; Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.; and Sunday – 12:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Call the Recycling Information Hotline at (434) 906-0763 or visit http://www.rivanna.org for more detailed information.
- Paper Sort Facility, Located off of Meade Avenue. From 250 Bypass turn (left if coming from Pantops turn right if coming from Barracks Road) onto East High Street. Bear left onto Meade Avenue. Proceed through intersection of Meade Avenue and Market Street to the top of the hill. Turn into Cycle Systems on the left. The Paper Sort will be located at the bottom on the right.
I-64 Exit 121 go north towards Charlottesville. As you get to the top of the hill and start down take a right onto Carlton Road. Follow Carlton until you come to the railroad tracks. Turn right into Cycle Systems just past the tracks.
County Residents can also take advantage of the Spring and Fall Bulky Waste Amnesty Day Program.
For information about solid waste and disposal fees, visit the Ivy Materials Utilization Center.