County Recycling Rate Increases

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA . . . . Prince William County’s recycling rate increased to over 41 percent in 2012, up from a 40 percent rate in 2011. Each percentage point increase in the County’s recycling rate represents about 4700 tons of additional recycling products collected and the resulting space saved in our landfill. For the last 21 years, Prince William County has exceeded the State’s minimum required recycling rate.

The recycling rate is a measure of the materials diverted for reuse, recycling, or composting in the county waste stream. Diverted materials are kept separate from the regular trash then sorted, processed and converted into materials to produce new products. Regular trash is buried in the County’s sanitary landfill located on Dumfries Road or combusted at the Fairfax County I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility in Lorton.

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