The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission adopted a required 5-year update to the regional Solid Waste Management Plan on October 6, 2011. The update includes a description of existing and projected solid waste needs and facilities, as well as a plan for management of the solid waste generated by residential, industrial and commercial activities of the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit (TJSWPU). This document serves as the regional plan for the TJ-SWPU, which is made up of the Counties of Albemarle, Greene, and Fluvanna, the City of Charlottesville, and the towns of Columbia, Scottsville, and Stanardsville. The plan meets the solid waste planning requirements for each locality participating in the planning unit by describing existing and proposed solid waste management systems that support the hierarchy of source reduction, reuse, recycling, resource recovery, incineration, and landfilling, as set forth by Virginia Code.
A committee of citizens and public and private sector representatives met regularly over the course of a year to amend this plan both to satisfy the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requirements, and to serve as a basis for strategic planning for solid waste in the longer term. The group reviewed data and trends on waste generation, recycling, reuse, and disposal, comparing it with data available about solid waste management systems capacity to determine future needs.
2011-2016 Solid Waste Management Plan