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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 190. Litter Receptacle Regulations
1/31/2023

9VAC20-190-50. Placement of litter receptacles.

A. The following guidelines shall provide minimum standards for litter receptacle placement and frequency of placement:

1. Public highways located outside of cities and incorporated towns: one receptacle per turnout on the right-of-way, overlook, or rest stop, each of which is officially designated as such and determined to need a receptacle by the primary jurisdictional authority.

2. Trailer parks, recreational facilities and recreation areas, including parks, campgrounds, beaches, and bathing areas: one receptacle for each facility or area at which food or drink is sold, plus additional receptacles as necessary to accommodate the need for a litter depository. The need for additional receptacles shall be determined by the operator of the facility.

3. Shopping centers and all parking lots operated for public use: receptacles shall be located along pedestrian travel routes normally taken by persons using the facility. The number and placement of receptacles shall be determined by the operator or group responsible for the operation of the facility, except no less than one receptacle shall be placed at each shopping center and parking lot.

4. Drive-in restaurants and fast-food restaurants: one receptacle per establishment, plus additional receptacles as necessary to contain litter generated by the facility. The need for additional receptacles shall be determined by the operator of the facility.

5. Self-service refreshment areas: one receptacle for each separate area, provided that each separate area contains two or more machines for dispensing or serving food or drink.

6. Gasoline service stations: one receptacle per service island.

7. Construction sites: receptacles sufficient to contain workers' litter, plus those construction wastes capable of being spread by wind or water; the wind and water from hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods excepted. The primary contractor shall determine the number of receptacles and the size, except that no less than one receptacle shall be placed at each site.

8. Marinas, boat moorage and fueling stations, and public and private piers that are operated for public use: one receptacle for each area, plus additional receptacles as necessary to contain litter generated by the facility. The operator of the facility shall determine the need for additional receptacles.

9. Boat launching areas: receptacles shall be placed as needed consistent with use of the area and the need for a litter deposit. The need shall be determined by the operator of the area.

10. Sporting events, fairgrounds, carnivals, circuses, festivals, and other similar events: receptacles shall be placed sufficient in number to contain the litter generated at the event and spaced so as to be reasonably accessible in those areas of heavy use. The placement and need for the receptacles shall be determined by the operator, sponsor, or group operating the event, except no less than one receptacle shall be placed at each event.

11. Public buildings, including schools: one receptacle at or reasonably near the main, or most frequently used, entrance of each facility. The receptacle placement shall be consistent with need as determined by the person, agency, or group having primary responsibility for the operation of the facility.

12. Sidewalks in business districts: the need for receptacles and their placement and the responsibility for their purchase, maintenance, and service shall be determined by the local governmental authority.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1414, 10.1-1419 and 10.1-1421 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 3, eff. November 21, 2001.

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