Recycling service expands in Richmond region

CHESTER, Va. (WRIC) — Starting today, the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) is making changes to what it can recycle in the region.

Accepted items for recycling now include plastics #1 through #7 bottles and containers, caps and lids (all free of food and residue) and waxy cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes and egg substitutes. No plastics bags, Styrofoam or food-contaminated pizza boxes are accepted.

“We are very excited to be able to announce these additional items that can be recycled,” says Kim Hynes, the CVWMA Executive Director.

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CVWMA is working closely with member localities to implement these changes to the residential recycling and drop-off programs. There is also an effort to educate more than 1.1 million residents living within the CVWMA service area.

“CVWMA is always looking for cost-effective ways for its member local governments to be able to implement programs or to enhance existing programs to make recycling easier in the region, to reduce the amount of waste going to local landfills and to protect and conserve natural resources,” Hynes explains. “With these additional items being added to its programs, the Authority will be part of recycling programs nationwide that accept all plastic bottles and containers and the waxy cartons.”

For more information, recyclers in the CVWMA service area can call the Recycling Hotline at 340-0900 or follow this link.

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