The Planning District is a leader in regional solid waste planning efforts. Since 1983 the District has provided assistance to its members on a wide range of solid waste issues including solid waste management plans, recycling efforts, and maintaining state mandated recycling rate reports (see below).

Solid Waste Facilities

There are a variety of solid waste and recycling facilities available to residents in the region. These include publicly maintained facilities like Greene County Solid Waste, the Fluvanna County Convenience Center, and the Ivy Material Utilization Center and McIntire Recycling Center, which are maintained by the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents).

The map on right shows publicly maintained facilities in our region.
Click icons for name and address information.

In addition to the public facilities there is a number of private businesses who provide solid waste and recycling related services to residents and businesses in the region. Residents of the City of Charlottesville are served by the City’s curbside solid waste and recycling pickup service. Residents pay a per bag fee or buy an annual trash can sticker dependent on their trash can. Recycling pickup is free of charge. Many residents in larger subdivisions receive curbside pickup trash services from private hauling companies. These services are either negotiated by homeowners and haulers or by the homeowner’s associations. Prices and services provided vary depending on the hauler and contracts. For more information please contact your homeowners association.

Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit (TJ-SWPU)

Currently the TJPDC provides oversight and management of the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit (TJ-SWPU). The TJ-SWPU is responsible for developing and maintaining a 5-year regional solid waste management plan that meets the requirements set forth in § 10.1-1411. Current members of the TJ-SWPU include the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Greene. As part of the solid waste planning efforts the PDC also conducts the annual Recycling Rate Reporting assessment. This annual report to the state is used to ensure that the TJ-SWPU meets the state mandated minimum recycling rate of 25% on an annual basis.

Additional information on the Solid Waste Management Plan and the Recycling Rate Report is available below.

Recycling Rate Reports

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Under Virginia Solid Waste Regulations localities and regions are required to maintain a minimum recycling rate of 25% (for areas with a population over 100,000).

TJPDC staff administer the annual Recycling and solid waste inventory to track the regions progress on meeting the required 25% recycling rate. These annual reports are submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality who evaluates and approves the regional rate.

 2015 Recycling Rate fact sheet
 2014 Recycling Rate fact sheet
 2013 Recycling Rate fact sheet

Solid Waste Plans

Local and regional solid waste pans are a key component of Virginia’s Solid waste management strategy. All localities in Virginia are required to have individual or be part of a regional plans. These plans describe how localities will meet their solid waste needs on a 20-year planning horizon and discuss how the localities will work to implement the solid waste hierarchy.

Copies of the current and past regional plans are available below. Printed copies are available upon request.

The Draft 2016 update to the 2006 Regional Solid Waste Management plan is now available. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the plan update at the October 6, 2016 TJPDC commission meeting.

Once finalized the plan will serve as the guiding document for the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste Planning Unit. This regional body includes Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna and Greene County. The regional Solid Waste 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.

 Click here to view the Draft 2016 Update

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.

 Click here to view the Approved Plan

For additional information please contact Wood Hudson, TJPDC Environmental Planner, (434) 422-4825 or email whudson@tjpdc.org