Top 5 Communities for Recycling

By Alex Bahr
Capital News Service

Here are the five solid waste planning units with the highest recycling rates in 2006, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. All of these localities have population densities higher than the state average, data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

Solid Waste Planning Unit Recycling Rate Residents per Square Mile
Town of Vienna 55.1% 3,373
Southeastern Public Service Authority (Counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton; Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia
55.0% 566
Falls Church City 51.7% 5,474
Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George; Cities of Richmond, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Petersburg) 46.3% 439
Lynchburg City 46.0% 1,443
Statewide 38.4% 193

(Above is a Google Maps mashup showing recycling rates in Northern Virginia.)

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