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City Expands Materials Accepted in Curbside Recycling

By Susan Larson. Photo by phanlop88 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

The City of Fredericksburg announced it’s now accepting additional items for recycling, including any plastic containers labeled with the numbers 1 – 7. Previously only plastics labeled with the
numbers 1 and 2 were accepted.

The city is now also accepting clean food and beverage cartons — for example, soup and juice boxes, and milk and juice cartons.

“This is a welcome opportunity to divert additional materials for recycling that would otherwise be deposited in the Eskimo Hill regional landfill,” said City Councilor Kerry Devine, At-Large.

Plastic bags cannot be accepted, because they clog the recycling center machinery. Residents are encouraged to recycle plastic bags a local grocery stores, and to use reusable bags.

This new policy is the result of the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) decision to expand the list of accepted materials. The R-Board’s Eskimo Hill facility at 489 Eskimo Hill Rd. in Stafford accepts recycling and waste generated in Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.

The R-Board is required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to recycle at least 25 percent of the waste generated in its jurisdictions. For the last several years, the R-Board has surpassed this target with a recycling rate of about 50 percent, Devine said. The facility holds one of the highest recycling rates in the state.

For more information on what is accepted under the expanded recycling program, visit http://fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7001
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