Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

The biggest and most important recycling story as of late is the new report issued by the Southern Environmental Law Center that shows Dominion can recycle its coal ash waste. Of course, corporate neighbor Dominion would rather do the cheapest, quickest option and bury it, never mind the risks to everyone’s water.

Here’s the executive summary:

Dominion Energy Virginia stores approximately 30 million tons of waste coal ash in impoundments at four different sites in Virginia: the Possum Point Power Station (Dumfries, Va.); the Chesterfield Power Station (Chester, Va.); the Bremo Power Station (Bremo Bluff, Va.); and the Chesapeake Energy Center (Chesapeake, Va.). The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has documented the presence of coal ash-associated contaminants in the groundwater at each of these sites. In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1398 instructing the utility to assess the feasibility of excavation and the beneficial reuse of legacy ash for use in concrete as a mechanism for closing the impoundments at each of the four sites. This report examines the technical feasibility and market conditions for recycling impounded coal ash for use in concrete in Virginia.

Technology currently exists at commercially available levels to excavate, recover, and beneficially use legacy coal ash stored in impoundments in Virginia for concrete. Similar efforts in the nearby states Maryland and South Carolina have demonstrated success excavating, recovering and beneficially using coal ash in encapsulated beneficial reuse applications to manage and close legacy impoundments. As of 2015, approximately 1.5 million tons of impounded ash from the R. Paul Smith Landfill has been beneficially used in the cement industry, currently at a rate of 450,000 tons per year (TPY). It is expected that complete excavation of all ash will occur by 2020. In South Carolina a Staged Turbulent Air Reactor (STAR) facility became commercially operational at the Santee Cooper Winyah Generation Station in 2015. The 400,000 TPY facility was constructed to process impounded ash into a high-quality, specification grade product for the concrete industry. Three additional 300,000 TPY STAR facilities are planned for construction in North Carolina in 2018 and 2019. These facilities will be located at Duke Energy power stations with totals of 6.2, 6.4, and 5.7 million tons of legacy ash. Collectively, the proposed North Carolina facilities will process 900,000 tons/year. Construction costs for the facilities have been estimated at approximately $50 million each, while the price of high quality, specification grade ash materials, on the order of $50/ton, contributes significantly to the financial viability of this approach.

Coal ash has a long history of use in concrete applications because it increases the durability and strength of the final product. The first major domestic project using coal ash as a concrete supplement was repair of the Hoover Dam in 1942. Today, the recycling of impounded ash at Dominion’s power plants will supply a critical construction material to the industry that builds and maintains transportation infrastructure in Virginia and the southeast region. Nationwide, coal ash is used in 75% of all concrete used for transportation projects, significantly reducing project costs. The Virginia Department of Transportation estimates that fly ash is used in 60 to 70% of all concrete used in transportation projects in the state, all of which, to the best of our knowledge, is currently fully sourced outside of the state due to the lack of beneficiation facilities operating in Virginia. Demand for processed, impounded ash is expected to increase as coal fired power plants are shuttered or switched to other fuels. The overall demand for coal fly ash in Virginia is estimated to be 16 million tons from 2015-2030 and 46 million tons for Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina collectively during this period. The beneficial use of impounded coal ash for concrete from Dominion’s power plants will produce multiple benefits for Virginia.

First, it will eliminate the long-term risk of groundwater and surface water contamination and eliminate the utility’s liability for that contamination. Given the record of contamination from the Dominion sites and their location adjacent to waterways, these unlined legacy coal ash impoundments may continue to contaminate state waters with coal ash constituents even when capped with an impermeable cover. Second, beneficial use will create jobs to support an industry that is not currently operating in Virginia, and also generate tax revenue. And third, beneficial use will provide increased competition for a high value product, lowering state funded construction costs and limiting the import of foreign ash into the state. Based on the data collected for this report, the beneficial use of impounded coal ash for concrete is a feasible, cost effective alternative for cleanly closing legacy ash ponds at Dominion Energy Virginia power stations.

Leaf Layer

It’s a nice day, but much cooler weather is coming later this week.

Please take the time to clean leaves off the sidewalks. When snow and ice do arrive, they will become especially treacherous.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

There’s been a bit of recent hullabaloo down in Portsmouth, VA, where there was a report that the city has been taking residents’ recyclables to be burned — without telling them. Now the Executive Director of the Virginia Recycling Association is weighing in with a letter that defines recycling and makes a strong economic case for it.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

Click here for CVWMA’s November 2017 Waste Reduction News

In other news, as quoted in Wall Street Journal about China’s new policies: “If China stands by its proposed restrictions, U.S. recycling businesses will need to invest in machinery to more stringently sort the waste they collect, said Bob Cappadona of Casella Recycling LLC, a waste-services company based in the Northeast. And it also means households will have to do a better job of sorting items headed for recycling, he added.”

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In recycling news, Chinese industry is readying itself for exhausted batteries from a surge in electric vehicles.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In recycling news, Australian tech company Relectrify has received an investment of AU$ 1.5 million (US$ 1.17 million) from it’s government’s Clean Energy Innovation Fund and two private parties so that it can expand its advanced repurposing of used batteries from electric cars. These discarded batteries will ultimately provide ‘an affordable plug-and-play solution’ for storing solar energy and may also act as a power back-up.

Also, congratulations to Suffolk, VA for their recent, successful recycling drive.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In recycling news, fibre recycling is in trouble as China slows buying. From Recyling Today article:

By the middle of the week of September 18-22, it was becoming clear to traders in other parts of the world that the September market was going to be a difficult one. A trader based in the Netherlands tells Recycling Today, “Prices are dropping over here and none of the Chinese buyers is in the market.”

Sources in the United States are offering similar portrayals of the market, with one recycler in the southeastern United States saying prices for mixed paper are nearing zero.

“Prices have dropped significantly and orders have dried up,” says the MRF operator based on the U.S. East Coast. “It’s not a situation of where you’re worried about the price, it’s a situation of who can take it, who can move it. I think there are going to be a lot of companies who are going to have challenges staying in business.”

In better news, a new biomaterial, developed by Penn State researchers, could replace plastic laminates, and greatly reduce pollution.

Sept. 23 Shredding, Pesticide, Oil-based Paint Collection Event MOVED!

From email announcement:

EVENT MOVED TO 1710 ROBIN HOOD RD

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
RVA Clean City Commission
RVA Department of Public Utilities – Stormwater Utility

Shredding, Pesticides, Herbicides and
Oil-based Paints and Stains Collection Event!

WHO: Richmond residential collection and disposal only. This event is NOT for commercial or business disposal.
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: 1710 Robin Hood Rd, Richmond, VA 23220-1012
WHAT:
Shredding up to 5 boxes or 5 paper bags of PERSONAL documents including:
Taxes, bank statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements and receipts, financial accounts, medical records, and insurance documents.
We cannot accept: COMMERCIAL BUSINESS documents, X Rays, cardboard, plastic bags, metal, batteries, CDs, notebooks, binders, or bags of previously shredded papers.

Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints
Keep these hazardous waste materials out of our waterways and our waste stream. Bring your pesticides, herbicides and OIL-based paints and OIL-based stains for proper disposal.
(Latex and water-based paints can be left in opened cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up.)

Biodegradable Bags Give-away
City Residents will be given up to 10 bags for leaf disposal (while supply lasts).

Small Recycle Tubs
Clean up and drop off your old curbside recycling bins for reuse in the schools.

HELP spread the word by sending this notice or sharing this link to members in your organization, civic association, friends, neighbors, relatives, and any Richmond resident who might benefit from the information. Share link

Electronics recycling will NOT be collected at this event.

This free event is only available to City of Richmond residents – proof of residency is required.

Questions about shredding and small tubs to
Darlene.Mallory@richmondgov.com or 804-646-8325.
Questions about pesticides, herbicides and oil-based paints to Gay.Stokes@richmondgov.com or 804-646-0177.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

For more City help with recycling, plan ahead and mark your calendars.

In recycling news, documents, books and similar items soaked and muddied in the potentially sewage-laden flood waters produced by recent hurricanes may be salvageable with the use of electronic beam technology.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a “Red Wednesday”, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

For more City help with recycling, plan ahead and mark your calendars.