The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued its annual recycling report (PDF). Virginia had a 38.6 percent recycling rate statewide in calendar year 2009, just barely higher than the year before. But as the Roanoke Times points out, it marked a milestone as every jurisdiction in Virginia met its minimum “required” goal of 15 percent (considering the DEQ has never fined a locality for failing to meet the minimum, it’s not much of a requirement).
Leading the list of all Virginia jurisdictions in its recycling rate, according to the report, was the City of Falls Church with a rate of 57.6 percent, followed by the Town of Vienna with 53 percent. Neighboring Arlington County was at 40 percent, and Fairfax County at 39.4 percent and Alexandria at 28.6 percent.