Virginia Issues Solid Waste Management Report for 2003
Richmond, VA— The Department of Environmental Quality released its annual report on solid waste management in Virginia. The report includes the amounts of solid waste managed in Virginia in 2003, the amounts and sources of solid waste generated outside the Commonwealth, and information on waste related to Hurricane Isabel.
The total amount of solid waste (excluding waste from Isabel) received at Virginia facilities during 2003 increased by about 2.2 million tons from 2002. Solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, sludge and other types of waste. The amount from outside Virginia increased by about 1.2 million tons (21.6 percent), and the amount from within Virginia increased by about 1 million tons (6.2 percent).
Other findings of the report include:
Courts have ruled that states cannot limit the disposal of out-of-state trash. Virginia passed legislation in 1999 that strengthened the state’s oversight of landfills, but the federal courts struck several of the provisions down. Congress is considering legislation that would allow Virginia to limit these imports, but without congressional action states can only ensure that landfills and other waste disposal facilities are operated safely.