Harrisonburg recycling program curbed for now amid search for new waste site

Published: Mar. 5, 2018 at 3:02 PM EST
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Garbage trucks began hauling trash from Harrisonburg to the Rockingham County Landfill on Monday after the previous disposal site

from the city.

The change of location means the Friendly City's recycling program is temporarily not operating.

Last month, van der Linde Recycling announced it was closing its household waste processing facility, despite a contract with Harrisonburg that was set to run until July 13.

Jim Baker, the Director of Public Works, said van der Line, in Fluvanna County, was chosen because it offered single-stream recycling.

"It was more convenient in our opinion for the citizens to be able to put all the trash together and then we would haul it to this facility that would separate it and get a larger recycling percentage out of it," he said.

The city is now researching alternative options after getting word that van der Lindle Recycling would no longer operate its household waste processing facility — a development Baker said was unexpected.

"We've talked to Rockingham County, they've been very cooperative and we appreciate their support and we will be working with the county until we find a different program," Baker said.

City leaders will be presented with possible alternatives for the waste collection program later this month, according to Baker.

In a statement on its website, van der Linde Recycling said it is turning its focus to growing the company's construction and demolition facility, dumpster rental business, and increasing the production of mulch and gravel.

"The decision to close our household waste processing facility was not an easy one as much time, effort and expense have gone into it. However, with the severe drop in commodity prices over the past few years and the bleak forecast, we have made the economic decision to close our household processing facility. We will concentrate our efforts in areas of our business that are more profitable and that can ensure our organization has a strong future," explained Peter van der Linde, the owner, in a statement.

Anyone with questions may contact the Public Works Department at 540-434-5928.