City of Virginia Beach Townhome Conversion Recognized as “Outstanding Municipal Program”

Virginia Recycling Association Provides Award of Excellence

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The City of Virginia Beach Public Works Waste Management’s Townhome Conversion was rated as a state “Outstanding Municipal Program” by the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA). The Townhome Conversion Team exceeded its goal to provide 100,000 townhome residents with 95- or 65-gallon recycling carts to replace 18-gallon open top bins.

The project involved 71 neighborhoods and was completed in less than nine months. Recycling in these communities is noticeably higher because of the team’s efforts. With the increased participation and cart capacity, the Waste Management Division expects to increase recycling tonnage by about 2,800 tons per year, which will reduce the annual cost of disposal in Virginia Beach by $180,000.

The VRA was formed in 1990 by a group of individuals who are committed to expanding state recycling opportunities. Since its inception, the VRA has become the leading resource of recycling information for its members, the general public, the Virginia General Assembly, local government, business, and industry.


Public Works Waste Management (
The Waste Management Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for providing collection, disposal, and recycling services to the residents of Virginia Beach. “Keeping Virginia Beach Beautiful” is now an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and the Waste Management Division collection crews travel over one million miles, making more than 6 million pickups, and collecting over 180,000 tons of waste each year. In addition, about 35,000 tons of recyclable material is collected from drop-off recycling centers and our curbside recycling service. For more information, visit, or call 757-385-4650.

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