When it comes to recycling discarded stuff, no city, town or county in Virginia does it better than Falls Church City, a new study shows. And in 2010, Falls Church recycled an incredible 60 percent of its waste. In 2009, the number was 57 percent, which also was tops in the Old Dominion.
The whole state is doing pretty well, according to the Department of Environmental Quality, with an overall recycling rate of 40.5 percent. In the last two years, all 71 localities involved in the program met their goals of at least 15 percent recycling.
And Falls Church is the best. In 2010, of 13.8 tons of waste, more than eight tons were recycled, the DEQ report states.
“We’re a bit unique as a community,” Falls Church environmental programs specialist Kathy Allan said, “because we’re small. We’re 2.2 square miles and we collect from 3,100 households. But we have a very involved citizenry, and we try very hard to get the right message out. I think people here really get it, and they feel good about contributing to the overall health of their environment.”
Other NoVa recycling rates from 2010:
Alexandria: 41.4 percent
Arlington: 39.7 percent
Fairfax County:41.7 percent
Loudoun: 33.2 percent
Prince William: 37.1 percent.
You can read the entire DEQ report here, which includes more statistics for smaller area jurisdictions such as Manassas, Vienna and Fairfax City, all of whom also performed admirably.