The Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) is an association of over 200 persons, cities, businesses, and organizations with a common goal of promoting the economic, social, and environmental importance of proper waste disposal, reduction, reuse, recycling, and eco-friendly waste diversion. Their mission revolves around creating sustainable disposal practices that reduce waste and increase recycling to benefit Virginia's environment, communities, and economy.
The VRA is also the leading resource for recycling information for members, the public, local government, businesses, the Virginia General Assembly, and the waste disposal industry. They develop appropriate and applicable policies to control and maintain recycling and waste reduction in Virginia. They are in charge of fostering communication among professionals, organizations, and government agencies. Educational outreaches and marketing are sponsored and organized by the VRA.
The VRA was founded in 1990 and is to thank for a 42.6% recycling rate, and $1.86 billion returned to the VA economy from recycling. With over 3 million tons of diverted waste from landfills, Virginia is doing an amazing job keeping its environment clean and promoting healthy living.
If interested in participating, one can become either a member or a sponsor of the VRA. The members are comprised of people, companies, organizations, and cities in Virginia, while the sponsors are people, communities, and organizations who, from their goodwill and generosity, provide their time and finances for the growth of the VRA.
VA Statewide Recycling Guidance for Residents
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) provides guidance on how each specific type of material must be recycled. Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. Chemicals illegally or improperly disposed of hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. Also, by throwing hazardous chemicals in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your waste handler.