Prince William County kicked off the second phase of its voluntary curbside recycling program today in the Rippon Landing neighborhood on the eastern side of the county.
The curbside recycling program is part of Prince Williams's effort to meet a state law requiring jurisdictions to recycle 25 percent of their trash by 1995. The county now recycles about 6 percent of its trash.
Beginning today, residents of the 688-home Rippon Landing community may set out bundles of newspapers to be picked up each Thursday by a trash collector, Fairfax Trash. The county will sell the newspapers to Southeast Recycling Corp., which has a recycling plant in Georgia.
"We've got a lot of people in this community that think this will be the best thing that ever happened," said Kathy Lee, president of Rippon Landing Master Association.
In addition to curbside recycling, the county will place igloo-shaped containers for glass and tin and aluminum cans at the eastern end of Rippon Boulevard, near Old Coach Road.
The first phase of the recycling program began in December in the 3,100-home Montclair community near Dumfries. It has weekly curbside recycling of newspaper as well as glass, tin and aluminum cans and motor oil. Curbside recycling of yard trash may begin this fall.
"If Prince William were Montclair, we'd be there" meeting the state mandate, said Deb Oliver, spokeswoman for Prince William Department of Public Works. Montclair has 50 to 70 percent household participation in the program. In January and February, residents were recycling 29 percent of their trash, Oliver said.
Next month, the third phase of the program will begin in the 1,400-home Yorkshire community near Manassas. That program will start with curbside recycling of newspapers and yard trash.
The county is testing different combinations of material for curbside recycling "just to see what works," Oliver said. "It may be better to have igloos on every corner." The 18 existing igloos in the county are well-used, she said.
As Prince William's program expands, Manassas's recycling program, which began in January, is going full-throttle, according to City Manager John Cartwright. Manassas and Williamsburg are the only two jurisdictions in Virginia conducting jurisdiction-wide recycling programs, he said.
Half of Manassas's 8,000 households are using the weekly curbside pickup of newspaper, glass and aluminum cans. About 13 percent of the 1,200 tons of trash collected monthly in the city is recycled, Cartwright said.
Beginning July 11, Manassas Park will start its first recycling program.