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DEQ Releases Annual Report on Virginia's Solid Waste Management

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
July 3, 2018

RICHMOND, VA. - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released its annual report on solid waste management in Virginia. The report includes Virginia solid waste, as well as solid waste generated outside the commonwealth, in 2017. Solid waste includes municipal waste, construction/demolition debris, vegetative/yard waste, and more.

During 2017, the total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities decreased by more than 444,000 tons, roughly 2% from amounts reported in 2016. The total amount of solid waste from outside of Virginia decreased 16.28%, largely due to a decrease in out-of-state industrial waste, from more than a million tons in 2016 to less than 369,000 tons in 2017. Five jurisdictions accounted for 98.51% received from out-of-state sources: Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, North Carolina and New Jersey.

For waste originating in Virginia during 2017, the total amount of solid waste increased by 3.45%. Municipal solid waste and construction/demolition/debris increased 2.43% and 11.18% respectively compared to 2016 amounts. Industrial waste decreased by 4.51% compared to 2016.

"Information about the origin and type of wastes received from Virginia's facilities is an important tool for comprehensive management," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "This report provides assistance to planning units and facilities for solid waste management throughout the commonwealth."

Other findings of the report include:
-Of the total 21.6 million tons of solid waste reported in 2017, about 13.02 million tons was municipal solid waste, which is trash from households and businesses (60%).
-Of the total amount of solid waste, about 76% (13.6 million tons) is disposed in landfills, and about 7% (1.2 million tons) is incinerated. The rest was managed by other means, including mulching and recycling.
-Solid waste management facilities reported that 2.1 million tons (almost 12%) was recycled or mulched. Most recycling occurs at facilities other than permitted waste management facilities. Virginia's recycling rate for 2016 was 42.6%. The annual recycling report for 2017 will be issued later this year.

The entire solid waste annual report is available on the DEQ website at at


From: Irina Calos

Sent: July 03, 2018 at 11:49 am

ACL Table Updates

From: Leslie Beckwith

Sent: December 01, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Informal comment period for Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Regulations (9VAC20-130)

This is to notify you that changes are being considered to the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Regulations (9VAC20-130). This regulation establishes requirements for localities to conduct planning efforts to ensure that solid waste is properly managed now and in the future. It also implements the mandatory recycling rates described in state statute. The public notice link is located at: . The link to the Town Hall notice with the proposed changes and other information can be found at: Anyone wishing to submit written comments for the public comment file may do so by mail, email or fax to Melissa Porterfield, Office of Regulatory Affairs, P.O. BOX 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, phone: 804-698-4238, FAX: 804-698-4019, email:

From: Leslie Beckwith

Sent: March 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Draft Landfill Gas Guidance Requests for Comments

The Department is seeking to improve its existing guidance on landfill gas monitoring and remediation. You can find the draft guidance package @
Please submit any comments by Friday, April 14, 2017, to Kathryn Perszyk, Solid Waste Permit Coordinator, at Kathryn.Perszyk@deq.virginia. If you have any questions, please also contact Kathryn.

From: Leslie Beckwith

Sent: March 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Universal Waste Lamp Crushing Regulations Become Effective on January 1, 2017

The amended regulations addressing the requirements for the crushing of universal waste (UW) lamps under the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations become effective on January 1, 2017.

All handlers of UW lamps that have a crushing operation at their facility, regardless of size, must notify the applicable DEQ regional office within 30 days of commencing the crushing operation. New facilities must comply with the requirements in the UW lamp crushing regulations once crushing operation is to begin. Facilities with existing crushing operations must notify the applicable DEQ regional office by January 31, 2017 and demonstrate compliance with the new requirements by April 1, 2017.

The DEQ has developed guidance to assist UW handlers who either wish to continue crushing UW lamps or plan to begin crushing UW lamps after the effective date of the regulations. The guidance as well as a FAQ document may be found at the following links:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Ashby Scott, Hazardous Waste Permit Writer, Office of Financial Responsibility and Waste Programs at:

From: Leslie Beckwith

Sent: February 01, 2017 at 10:49 am