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Yes Virginia, There Is An Increase In Recycling Rates

Old Dominion recycling rates top 40% for 2010.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is making new movement in its push toward sustainability.  According to published 2010 data reports, the state has exceeded expectations by showing a 40.5% recycling rate.

Reporting by all 71 solid waste planning units within the state is compelled by a 1989 statewide recycling mandate.  The planning units must meet a minimum of 25% diversion, but have steadily improved year over year.  The 2010 numbers represent a 3% improvement over 2009.

“This significant improvement reflects the ongoing support by Virginians for recycling in their communities,” said Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director David K. Paylor, via press release.

Paylor suggests the increase in recycling rates may be due to convenience––Virginia introduced single steam recycling in 2009.

Doesn’t really matter, does it, whether the reason is convenience or conscience.  As long as the recycling rates in Virginia are increasing.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.


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