The HRPDC staff has completed the annual recycling rate report for recycling activities in the eight Southside Hampton Roads localities that are covered by the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA). These include Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, as well as the eight towns in Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties (Boykins, Branchville, Capron, Courtland, Dreweryville, Newsoms, Windsor and Smithfield). The Virginia Code and the Virginia Regulations for Solid Waste Management Planning require each city, county, town or region to maintain a minimum 25% recycling rate and to report activities within the area on an annual basis. Historically, SPSA has been responsible for reporting recycling activities for its service area. Reported activities include both public and private efforts.
For Calendar Year 2012, the Southside Hampton Roads area achieved a recycling rate of 31.8%, down from 36.3% in 2011. Although the recycling rate dropped in 2012 it still exceeds the state requirement of 25%. The table to your right shows a side by side comparison of 2011 & 2012 Southside Hampton Roads Recycling numbers including Principal Recyclable Materials (PRMs), Solid Waste Re-Used, & Non-Municipal Solid Waste Recycled. The table also shows Southside Hampton Roads Total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for 2011 & 2012.