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Welcome to the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) Web Site.

The RSWA was initially formed in 1990 by the County of Albemarle, Virginia and City of Charlottesville, Virginia to operate the Ivy Landfill in Albemarle County and to set regional policy, through a Board of Directors, for managing all solid waste generated from within the jurisdictions of the County and City through principles of reduce, reuse, recycling, and disposal.  In 1998 the Ivy Landfill closed to municipal solid waste and in 2001 closed to all waste, and over time the two local governments (County and City)  have each taken back control of solid waste policy setting, sometimes through collaboration and sometimes independent of the other local government.  Today the RSWA’s role is limited to that of a contract agent, providing only those specific programs in which the County, City, or both local governments choose to contract with the RSWA, including providing financial support as appropriate.  Today, most solid waste that is generated within the jurisdictions of the County and City is managed by private sector companies.  

This web site is dedicated to providing information to the public regarding those specific programs and services RSWA offers the public as contracted through the County and/or City.  Citizens are urged to go to the City or County web sites for more complete information on all local solid waste programs available.  Citizens with policy suggestions are urged to contact their elected officials directly.

RSWA Notice of Regular Meeting
of the Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 26, 2014

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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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