DC to Send Trash to Va. Waste-to-Energy Plant

May 17, 2010

The economic slowdown has meant a 15 percent drop in trash and recyclable collections in Fairfax County over the past two years.

To keep the county's waste-to-energy facility in Lorton operating closer to capacity, Fairfax County has agreed to take all residential garbage collected in the District - 200,000 tons a year.

The plant's capacity is about 1.2 million tons annually and it processed about 1.1 million tons at its peak a few years ago. But last year that figure had dropped to 992,000 tons of trash and recyclables.

District officials say the deal allows them to avoid hauling their extra waste to a private landfill near Richmond. The agreement keeps the plant operating closer to capacity and brings Fairfax and private contractor Covanta Energy $2.2 million annually.

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