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Welcome to the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) Web Site. We are committed to reducing, reusing, recycling and managing solid waste in Virginia's Charlottesville / Albemarle area. We have prepared this site in order to provide you with general information and to help you with your solid waste disposal and recycling needs.

Plastic Bags & Styrofoam Recycling

Due to marketing limitations in our region, the McInitire Recycling Center must regretfully suspend the collection of plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam effective May 1, 2015. All vendors from whom we receive quotes are discontinuing the inclusion of these wastes in the #3 through #7 plastics, based on depressed global economy conditions affecting the recycling market. By suspending plastic bags and Styrofoam, we are able to maintain service for all other #3 through #7 plastics, and have been assured by our vendors those materials will be used to make recycled end products within the United States.

There is no change to #1 plastics and #2 plastics. We ask that you continue to sort these plastics separately to help us maximize recycling revenue to help keep the Center open.

RSWA will continue to monitor the recycling marketplace and hope to restore the acceptance of plastic bags and Styrofoam at such time the recycling market economy improves. In the meantime we encourage you to bring your own bag "BYOB" as you shop to reduce use of plastic grocery bags, or if necessary drop off plastic bags at your local grocer.

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Public Notice for Albemarle County

The Albemarle County Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee, a committee created by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, meets every other Tuesday through the spring and summer of 2015. Meetings are held at the County Office Building, McIntire Road, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. For more information please contact Matt Reges at mreges@albemarle.org.

The Albemarle Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee is a separate committee from the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee and these meetings are not meetings of the Citizens Advisory Committee. The Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee is presently inactive.





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