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The staff at Rivanna is dedicated to improving environmental awareness through education and community outreach. By working closely with our counterparts at the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, our goal is to provide, not only high-quality services to the community, but also be a valuable resource for education.

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Education Center Blog

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Current Challenges in Recycling

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Education Center, Newsroom, Recycling, Stewardship | Comments Off on Current Challenges in Recycling

Current Challenges in Recycling

As the landscape of recycling continues to evolve, due to a change in the way China accepts recycling, Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will continue to look for ways to adapt and continue to offer quality services. Below are two interesting articles that explain how the new rules are affecting the US recycling industry: The Virginia Pilot: Curbside recycling programs face a challenge from China The New York Times: Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not Click here more information about what RSWA does with its...

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Composting in the City of Charlottesville

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Community Project, Compost, Education Center, Newsroom, Recycling, Stewardship | Comments Off on Composting in the City of Charlottesville

Composting in the City of Charlottesville

Happy Summertime, C’ville! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our composting program last season! Together, we were able to divert 8.48 tons of food waste from landfills, reducing the amount of emissions equivalent to nearly 20 cars in morning traffic!* This spring, lets continue to make Charlottesville, A Green City. Updates in the email below include: Two Compost Drop-Off Locations are open! Do you love composting and the City Market? Sign up to volunteer at the Saturday market drop-off! New Sticker Designs: Help us select some...

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What is “Source Separated Recycling” and where does it go?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Education Center, Newsroom, Recycling | Comments Off on What is “Source Separated Recycling” and where does it go?

What is “Source Separated Recycling” and where does it go?

              There are three types of recycling, each with their own pros and cons: All-In-One: All trash and recyclables are disposed of in one container with no separation. This material then proceeds to a sorting facility to sort out the recyclables. Pros: Requires no active participation from the user and is the most convenient. Cons: The potential for contamination is extremely high, due to co-mingling with trash, and contaminated materials require extra processing or are rejected and sent to landfills. Single Stream: All recyclables,...

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Plastic Bags Get a New Life

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Education Center, Featured, Newsroom, Recycling, Stewardship | Comments Off on Plastic Bags Get a New Life

Plastic Bags Get a New Life

With plastic bags continuing to be an environmental concern, Rivanna Solid Waste Authority is doing its part to help. Plastic bags that were collected throughout the previous year at McIntire Recycling Center were transported to the Trex company in Winchester, VA in February 2018. In total, 41,000 lbs of plastic bags were baled and shipped for recycling. To put this in perspective, One pound equals 700 bags 28,700,000 bags were taken to be recycled into composite decking According to the Trex website, a 500 square foot composite deck contains...

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