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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 130. Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Regulations
4/4/2020

9VAC20-130-125. Recycling Requirements.

A. Each solid waste planning unit shall maintain a minimum recycling rate for municipal solid waste generated within the solid waste planning unit pursuant to the following schedule:

1. Except as provided in subdivision 2 of this subsection, each solid waste planning unit shall maintain a minimum 25% recycling rate; or

2. Each solid waste planning unit shall maintain a minimum 15% recycling rate if it has (i) a population density rate of less than 100 persons per square mile according to the most recent United States Census or (ii) a not seasonally adjusted civilian unemployment rate for the immediately preceding calendar year that is at least 50% greater than the state average as reported by the Virginia Employment Commission for such year.

B. Credits may be added to the recycling formula in subsection C of this section provided that the aggregate of all such credits shall not exceed five percentage points of the annual municipal solid waste recycling rate achieved for each solid waste planning unit:

1. A credit of two percentage points of the minimum recycling rate mandated for the solid waste planning unit for a source reduction program (SRP) that is implemented within the solid waste planning unit. The existence and operation of such a program shall be certified by the solid waste planning unit;

2. A credit of one ton for each ton of recycling residue generated in Virginia and deposited in a landfill permitted under § 10.1-1408.1 of the Code of Virginia;

3. A credit of one ton for each ton of any nonmunicipal solid waste material that is recycled; and

4. A credit of one ton for each ton of any solid waste material that is reused.

C. Recycling rates shall be expressed in tons using the actual weight of the component or the volume of each component, converted to weight in tons using the conversion chart in Form DEQ 50-30.

1. Recycling rates shall be calculated using the following formulas:

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Where:

A = adjusted recycling rate

B = base recycling rate

C = the total tons that may be added to the recycling formula as allowed by subdivisions B 2, B 3, and B 4 of this section

M = the sum of PRMs recycled and MSW disposed in the calendar year. (MSW disposed equals the amount of MSW delivered to landfills, transfer stations, incineration, and waste-to-energy facilities.)

P = the amount of PRMs received for recycling in the calendar year

S = base or adjusted recycling rate with SRP credit

In cases where the solid waste planning unit cannot obtain actual and accurate information from solid waste management facilities, a solid waste planning unit may request the department to allow the use of an alternative method to calculate MSW disposed for the purposes of calculating the recycling rate.

2. Annual municipal solid waste recycling rate. The annual municipal solid waste recycling rate is either the base recycling rate, adjusted recycling rate, base recycling rate with SRP credit, or the adjusted recycling rate with SRP credit, whichever is higher; however, if the annual municipal solid waste recycling rate exceeds the base recycling rate by more than five percentage points, the annual municipal solid waste recycling rate shall be the base recycling rate plus five percentage points.

D. Yard wastes and vegetative wastes are deemed to be recycled if they are composted or mulched and the finished mulch or compost is marketed or otherwise used productively. Tires are deemed to be recycled if they are beneficially used in a method consistent with the waste tire program operated by the department. Used oil, oil filters, and antifreeze are deemed to be recycled if they are marketed or otherwise used productively.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1411 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6942(b), 40 CFR Parts 255 and 256.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 24, Issue 04, eff. November 28, 2007; Errata, 24:6 VA.R. 889-890 November 26, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 09, eff. February 7, 2019.

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