On Wednesday, many new laws come into effect, some people receive pay raises and many prices go up. Among the changes:
* Loudoun County residents must begin recycling newspapers, magazines, glass bottles, jars, metal and aluminum cans, plastic beverage and detergent containers. Solid waste recyclers must provide curbside service to residences. The new requirements are in accordance with a state mandate that requires counties to recycle or divert at least 25 percent of their solid waste annually.
* The previously free "7 to 7 on 7" bus that runs from Leesburg to Dranesville Road along Route 7 will cost 50 cents a trip starting Jan. 2. The bus runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
* The office of the Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Federal employees will receive a 3.1 percent pay raise.
* When you apply for or renew vehicle registration, you must certify whether the vehicle is for personal or business use. This is necessary to be eligible for personal property tax relief.
* WBDC (WB50) begins broadcasting its digital signal, making high-definition programming available to residents of Loudoun and Fauquier counties who subscribe to Adelphia cable.
* Freddie Mac will increase its single-family mortgage loan limit from $300,700 to $322,700.
* Seniors can qualify for larger reverse mortgages, loans that typically are not repaid as long as you live in your home, because of higher limits on the size of mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will buy from banks. The new limits affect two reverse mortgage products -- the federally insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and the Fannie Mae Home Keeper loan.
* Boy Scouts of America will increase its registration fee from $7 to $10 a year.
* The Reston-based Public Industry Registry, a nonprofit, will take over management of ".org," the Internet's fifth-largest domain and online home to many nonprofit groups, from the current registry operator, VeriSign. PIR promises open, responsible and global stewardship of domain and new services and benefits for noncommercial organizations.
* Public poultry shows, sales and competitions may resume. The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services banned them in April to stop spread of avian influenza, which had surfaced a month before in the Shenandoah Valley, the hub of Virginia's poultry business.
* Legislation calling for creation of a new patriotic license plate featuring the words "United We Stand" takes effect in Connecticut. The plates will benefit the Rewards for Justice Fund, a nonprofit account that raises money for a federal program of the same name that pays cash rewards to those who provide information on terrorists. Virginia has authorized creation of a plate to benefit the fund, but it has not been designed.
-- Compiled by Daniele Seiss