On June 20, 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its 20th 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 2016 at 202 permitted facilities.
The total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities during 2016 was about 22.0 million tons, an increase of about 1.3 million tons over 2014’s total. About 6.1 million tons originated from outside of Virginia, an increase of about 700,000 tons over 2015’s total, due to an increase in out-of-state industrial waste. Municipal solid waste comprised about 12.8 million tons (about 58 percent) of Virginia’s total waste in 2016; construction/demolition debris comprised about 4.3 million tons; industrial waste about 2.0 million tons; and the rest was from several other kinds of waste (regulated medical waste, vegetative waste, incineration ash, sludge, tires, white goods, friable asbestos, petroleum contaminated soil, and other).
Out-of-state waste came primarily from Maryland (about 39.8% of all out-of-state waste), Washington, D.C. (about 19.8%), North Carolina (about 19.7%), New York (about 16.4%), and New Jersey (about 3.1%).
Of the 2016 total waste, about 13.3 million tons were disposed of in landfills; about 2.0 million tons were incinerated on-site; about 4.5 million tons were sent off-site for treatment, storage, or disposal; about 1.2 million tons were recycled on-site; about 848,000 tons were sent off-site to be recycled; and the rest was managed by mulching, composting, on-site storage, or other means.
The report for 2016 data (32 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 2016, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality news release, 6/20/17.
For News Grouper posts on previous years’ solid-waste reports, please see this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Solid+Waste+Report.