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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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter conducts support group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. A group for caregivers will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., Room 163. For details, call 967-2580. Full text

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