CVWMA’s regional recycling rate surpasses 55 percent

More than 55 percent of the waste generated in the Metro Richmond region was recycled last year, according to estimates by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The figure was an increase from the estimate made by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (53.6 percent).
 
CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia DEQ. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of its waste each year.

Nearly 178,568 tons of paper-related material (newspaper, office paper and cardboard) was recycled in 2010.  Yard waste and wood waste, which are chipped into compost or mulch, composed another 193,258 tons recycled.  Metals, textiles, glass and plastic are also measured for the report.  Auto bodies, appliances and assorted other metal items made up the nearly 36,538 tons of metal that were recycled in 2010.  Clothing donations to organizations such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army contributed to the textiles total of about 5,286 tons.
 
The trash generation figure is an estimate based on national research.  The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that citizens create an average of 4.34 pounds of trash per person per day.
 
The recycling rate was computed by dividing the amount recycled in the region by the amount of trash generated.  The amount recycled was gathered from local and national businesses providing recycling to the area.  The total amount recycled and not land filled for the region in CY 2010 was 458,611 tons, compared to 425,910 tons in CY 2009.
 
CVWMA recycling programs include curbside collection and drop-off centers; yard waste, electronics, appliance, batteries, HHW and tires, among others. Curbside recycling collects approximately 34,000 tons annually, while drop-off recycling collects about 6,000 tons. 
 
The regional rate has remained above 50 percent for the past several years, giving Central Virginia one of the highest recycling regions in the state. (It was 52.8 percent in both CY 2000 and 2010.) Variations in the rate are attributed to the number of businesses that provide information to CVWMA.  Contributions are voluntary. 
 
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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 25 to Jan. 9 (closed Dec. 24-25). This year’s theme will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture. Visitors will see colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparkling white light transformed into a brilliant rainbow, floating flowers opening and reaching toward “sunlight,” fields of brightly colored blooms waving in the moonlight, illuminated spheres dancing in the sky, among other displays. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Admission is $5 to $13. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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