To prevent overwhelming the waste collection and disposal operations in the county, Loudoun County officials are asking residents to reduce yard waste during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some trash haulers have recently notified customers that they may reduce service as a result of the pandemic. Yard waste is considered a recyclable material and under local ordinance, it must be sorted and recycled separately from household solid waste and collected by all major waste haulers. Loudoun County is required by the state of Virginia to recycle 25 percent of its Municipal Solid Waste stream.
The recycling of yard waste also benefits the Loudoun County landfill by diverting this material from consuming space reserved for garbage. Currently all yard waste collected curbside is diverted from the Loudoun County landfill and taken to several local composting facilities that rely on the material supply to stay in operation. If this were not the case, the landfill would have difficulty processing the inflow of yard waste.
In 2019, Loudoun recycled about 15,000 tons of yard waste, which equaled about 13% of the county’s 118,000 tons of total recycled waste.
Loudoun County is also reminding waste haulers that they are required to pick up yard waste in accordance with the county’s ordinances. Loudoun County regulates the issuance of permits to businesses that provide solid waste collection services, including recycling services, in the county.
Residents who have questions should contact their waste haulers directly and ensure that this service will continue as required. Residents who have a question or concern about their waste collection may submit their question through the Loudoun Express Request system.
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