- Save space in the landfill for things that can’t be recycled.
- Keep disposal costs lower for the long term.
- Reduce the need for natural resources like trees for paper, bauxite for aluminum, and petroleum for plastics.
- Recycling something into a new product saves energy and water and reduces air pollution.
Did you know that manufacturers make 99% of all beer cans and 97% of all soft drink cans from aluminum? We throw almost 3 million tons of aluminum cans away per year. Aluminum is sustainable and can be reused over and over again. We recycled enough aluminum cans in 2007 to save the equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough to supply all of America’s gas needs for one day!
One ton of recycled paper uses 64% less energy, 50% less water, creates 74% less air pollution and saves 17 trees than paper created from virgin wood pulp. If you can tear it you can recycle it!
Virginia requires that each jurisdiction recycle 25% of their waste stream.
Where are the recycling centers?
Check out our guide on the Recycling Centers page.
Does the R-Board sort recyclables?
The R-Board does not have the resources to sort recyclables. Our facility uses conveyer belts to efficiently load trucks for processing at TFC Recycling.
Being good to the environment comes down to the 3 R’s
Reduce: Be a savvy consumer and reduce the amount you contribute to waste. Avoid single-serve containers like juice boxes and water bottles.
Reuse: Plastic bottles can be refilled with filtered tap water, peanut butter jars can become storage containers for nuts and bolts in the garage, clothing can be donated, handed down, or reborn as cleaning towels. Trade in plastic grocery bags for a reusable shopping bag.
Recycle: Everything that you can from paper to plastic to bottles and cans and appliances!
Other Thoughts: reduce waste by using reusable shopping bags. From time to time, we give bags out at events we attend. You might have seen someone carrying one. They say “BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag”.
The R-Board reuses the yard waste that people bring. When it is shredded as mulch we spread it on our roadways to keep garbage trucks from getting stuck on the mud on rainy days. We also use broken concrete, asphalt, and other materials to build our roadways.