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The environmental program of the TJPDC focuses primarily on regional issues, which have included sustainability, water resources, and solid waste. Much work has centered on the Rivanna River watershed, which comprises major portions of four of the PDC's six localities and is 95% contained within the planning district. This work began with and has built upon the TJPDC-sponsored Rivanna River Basin Roundtable and their seminal State of the Basin: 1998 report. Assistance with environmental planning for our localities is also offered and has resulted in such products as the Nelson County Wellhead Protection and Water Resources in Fluvanna County reports.


Recycling Infographic Fact Sheet Available

Fact Sheet

The TJPDC has produced an infographic fact sheet title "What We Recycle". This sheet presents statistics from the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit's Recycling Rate Report for 2013. The 2013 recycling rate of 39.9% was approved by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on June 5, 2014. The Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit includes Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Greene County and the City of Charlottesville. Click here for the fact sheet. Detailed recycling information by jurisdiction is available here.

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Eco-Logical Implementation Grant

In 2013 TJPDC received a $250,000 grant from the Federal Highways Administration to expand its work on with the Eco-Logical process and the Regional Eco-Logical Framework tool. This grant focuses on using the tools previously developed by TJPDC to implement the Eco-Logical process to develop and identify capacity-building transportation improvements around the 250 Free Bridge crossing of the Rivanna River between Albemarle and Charlottesville. More information about the project can be found on the project web page.

2012 Regional Recycling Rate

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has officially accepted data calculating a 37.8% recycling rate for the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Region, which includes the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Greene. The 2012 rate reflects an 11% increase from 2011's rate of 33.8%. This rate is close to the statewide average of 43.5% for 2011. The increase is attributed to improved reporting from waste and recycling haulers active in the region. This year saw significant increases in comingled/single stream waste (58%), metal (65%), batteries (72%), and plastics (26%) recycling over the 2011 report.

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