Laws and Regulations
1995 law requires localities to maintain a 25% recycling rate and to have a solid waste management plan that specifies methods for maintaining the required 25% recycling rate. Reporting by localities to the Department of Environmental Quality is required annually. 2002 statewide recycling average was 36.75%.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools has been awarded the 2007 Virginia Recycling Association Award for Excellence in the Government/Nonprofit category. Awarded by the Virginia Recycling Associations (VRA), the school division is nominated by Tidewater Fiber Corp (TFC Recycling) for its commitment to recycling and innovative and quality recycling programs. Recycling an average of 123 tons of material per month, the school divisionís expanded recycling program catapulted into full force in September of 2006. Each of the schoolís 4,500 classrooms is equipped with a recycling bin used for disposal of paper products, aluminum and steel, plastics and glass. These bins are collected daily by 719 custodians working morning, afternoon and evening hours in the school divisionís 87 schools and office buildings. http://www.recyclingtoday.com/news/news.asp?ID=11310
... University of Virginia has increased its recycling tremendously over the years, Beale said. In 1990, U.Va. recycled about 600 tons of material, while it recycled 5,642 tons in 2005. For more information, go to Recycle.Virginia.Edu. http://www.virginia.edu/insideuva/2006/08/recycle.html
Many people think that they can simply replace the catalytic converter and pass the Virginia emissions inspection. If the problem is the catalytic converter, of course this would be the right solution. But, in many cases, a new catalytic converter will simply "mask" an underlying problem with the air/fuel ratio, ignition system, or some other problem with the engine. A catalytic converter should only be replaced if it is operating inefficiently or not at all. There are tests that can be performed on a catalytic converter to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced.
An air/fuel mixture that is overly rich (too much fuel, not enough air), can destroy a catalytic converter over time, as can any lead in the fuel. This can create extremely high temperatures in the catalyst and can ultimately damage and destroy the honeycomb or pellets inside the catalyst. In extreme cases, the outside shell of the catalyst actually glows orange or red from the extreme heat inside, and the contents of the catalytic converter can actually melt and clog the exhaust system creating an undriveable vehicle. http://www.deq.virginia.gov/mobile/mobcomp.html#cc
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