On June 29, 2015, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its 18th annual report on solid waste management in Virginia, covering municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, vegetative and yard waste, and other types of waste collected in 2014 at 211 permitted facilities (as of May 1, 2015).
The total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities during 2014 was about 20.16 million tons, a decrease of about 15,000 tons from 2013’s total. About 3.6 million tons originated from outside of Virginia, a decrease of about 0.6 percent) from 2013.
Out-of-state waste came primarily from Maryland (~45 percent), New York (~27 percent), Washington, D.C. (~21 percent), North Carolina (~4 percent), and New Jersey (~1 percent).
Municipal solid waste comprised about 12.4 million tons of Virginia’s total waste in 2014 (about 8.8 million tons from Virginia and about 3.6 million tons from out of state).
Of the 2014 total waste, about 12.2 million tons (~71 percent) were disposed of in landfills and about 2.2 million tons (about 13 percent) were incinerated; the rest was managed by mulching, recycling, or other means.
The report for 2014 (34 pages) and reports for previous years are available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/ReportsPublications/AnnualSolidWasteReports.aspx. See also Virginia issues solid waste report for 2014, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 6/30/15.
For News Grouper posts on previous year’s solid-waste reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Solid+Waste+Report.