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Future of Chesapeake Recycling Program
Recycling Program Update -- Oct. 30, 2019
The City of Chesapeake has entered an interim agreement with our recycling contractor to continue our curbside recycling service as-is until Feb 1, 2020. During this period, the City will continue to explore the options for the future of its recycling program, which include: continuation of the current curbside collection program at a substantially higher cost to the City; suspension of the curbside collection program until the recycling market becomes more economically favorable; or the potential of converting the curbside collection program into a drop-off program through the establishment of recycling drop-off locations throughout the City.
The Department of Public Works has worked diligently to explore the economic and operational demands of these options, and will provide the information to City Council to enable them to make a decision that strikes a balance between responsible usage of taxpayer resources and providing a favorable service that contributes to environmental protection.
It is important for residents to understand the realities and challenges that the curbside recycling program faces, of which declining market values and contamination are significant drivers. Two-thirds of the volume by weight of items collected through the City’s curbside recycling program have no value in the current recycling market, and when coupled with improper contaminants introduced to the recycling stream – examples include plastic bags, take-out containers and cups, batteries, metal hangers, diapers and other non-recyclable garbage – the cost to process the materials collected increases significantly, while much of the non-recyclable materials find their way into landfills or waste-to-energy plants.
We encourage residents who wish to recycle to learn what they can and cannot recycle, and to always only place recyclable items into their blue curbside bins or communal recycling containers and dumpsters. A list of recyclable items and additional information about recycling in Chesapeake can be found at www.cityofchesapeake.net/recycle.