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2014 Solid Waste Report
August 3, 2015

The Department of Environmental Quality recently released its annual report on solid waste management in Virginia. The report includes the amounts of solid waste managed in Virginia in 2014, and the amounts and sources of solid waste generated outside the Commonwealth.

The total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities during 2014 decreased by about 15,000 tons from 2013. Solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, vegetative and yard waste, and other types of waste. The total amount of solid waste from outside Virginia was about the same at 5.2 million tons. The total amount from within Virginia remained at about 15 million tons.

Other findings of the report include:
• Of the 20.2 million tons of solid waste reported in 2014, about 12.4 million tons were municipal solid waste, which is trash from households and businesses.
• The total amount of municipal solid waste generated outside Virginia was about 3.6 million tons, roughly the same as in 2013. Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and New Jersey accounted for 98.4 percent of all waste received from out-of-state sources.
• Of the total solid waste reported in 2014, about 3.9 million tons were construction and demolition debris.
• Of the total solid waste managed in Virginia in 2014, about 12.2 million tons were disposed of in landfills, and about 2.2 million tons were incinerated. The remainder was managed by other means, including mulching and recycling.

The full solid waste report is available on the DEQ website at

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