Asked Questions on
Solid Waste and Recycling
Q. Where can I recycle in my County?
A. In Buchanan County
citizens can recycle their old newspapers at the Grundy Shopping Plaza
Parking lot. Large metal appliances can be recycled at the old
Hoot Owl Landfill. For Electronics citizens can recycle them at the
Buchanan County Transfer Station located at Keen Mountain.
In Dickenson County
both citizens and businesses can recycle their newspapers, white paper,
plastic bottles, cardboard and electronics at two location-In Clintwood
behind NAPA and in Birchleaf near the intersection of Rt. 80 and Rakes
Ridge Road. For large appliances, citizens are
encouraged to drop them off at the Dickenson County Truck Shop in
County citizens can recycle their newspapers, plastic and
the Russell County Recycling Center-located near Wal Mart in Lebanon.
appliances and Electronics can be recycled at the Russell County
Q. What do I do with out dated Computers and
A. In Buchanan County, citizens can simply contact their local
recycling office at 276-935-6106 or 498-4403 to schedule a pickup.
The E Waste drop off site is located near the Buchanan
Station at Keen Mountain, VA.
In Dickenson County, citizens can simply drop them off at
the E-Waste recycling site at the Dickenson County Transfer Station.
For those businesses and citizens with large quanities please
contact the Litter and Recycling office at 276-835-8806.
In Russell County, citizens can simply drop them
off at the E-Waste recycling site at the Russell County Transfer
Station. For those businesses and citizens
with large quanities please contact the Litter and Recycling office at
Q. What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be any cleaning solvent like
bleach, cleaners, polishes, abrasives, pool chemicals, oil, pesticides,
herbicides, PCB's, both automotive and electronic batteries, gas
stabilizers, paint and paint thinners/sprits. Each year,
counties sponsors a one day HHW event at no cost to citizens. To
more and to find out when and where this event will be conducted,
please contact your local litter and recycling office.
Q. What can I do with leftover paint?
First, check around to see if someone else can use it. Often
youth, school or community groups can use smaller amounts of paint for
small areas, or even for craft projects. What paint that cannot
be used can be solidified by removing the lid and letting it dry
out, or by absorbing with sawdust or clay-based kitty litter. The
solidified paint, can and lid can then be put out with the normal trash
pickup. Citizens that have large quanities are encouraged to keep
this material for the free Household Hazardous Waste collection events.
Q. What can I do with old paint
Filter it through an old stocking. The dried stocking and dried
paint in it can be thrown out with the trash. The filtered paint
thinner can be reused and filtered again. If you simply want to
dispose of the paint thinner, you will need to bring it to one of the
Household Hazardous Waste collection events.
Q. Can I place tires in with my
normal trash pickup or in a Green Box?
The answer is NO. Citizens are required to deposit their old
tires at the
Solid Waste Transfer Station for proper recycling or disposal.
Q. If I recycle paper, do I need to
remove the staples?
It is preferable, but not mandatory. During the paper recycling
process, the pulp passes through numerous screens that remove staples
and other contaminants. Larger fasteners, such as paperclips and
bulldog clips should definitely be removed, and reused.
Q. Which plastics can I recycle?
Theoretically all plastics are recyclable. However, there must be
an end market for the type to be recycled, and they must be separated
into resin type. A number inside a triangle of "chasing arrows"
on the bottom of each container indicates the type of plastic. In
Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell Counties, you can recycle Plastics #1,
2 and 3.
Q. What can I do with used motor oil?
Waste oil burners are becoming popular, and some are in use in
Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell Counties. Citizens can recycle
their motor oil at a local automotive parts store or at their Solid
Waste Transfer Stations.
Q. What do I do with old automobile
Most of the automotive parts stores will accept old batteries at no
charge. When you purchase a new battery, most of the vendors
require that you turn in your old battery or you can be charge a core
fee. Some local recycling companies will even purchase
your old batteries for recycling. Citizens are reminded to handle the
batteries very carefully so fluids do not leak out onto the soil or
into a stream. Please contact your local litter and recycling
office to determine who in your locality will accept old batteries.
Q. Can I store large numbers of tires
on my Property?
No! This according to Commonwealth of Virginia Solid Waste
regulations is not a permited disposal practice. Citizens are required
to disposit them at their local solid waste transfer station for proper
disposal or recycling. It has been proven that tires make great
breeding grounds for mosquito's!! With the threat of West Nile
disease, citizens should not collect or store tires near thier
homes. Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell County Transfer Station can take
small and large tires at each of the Transfer Stations. For large
quantities please contact the transfer stations prior to drop
off-Buchanan County 276-498-4403, Dickenson County 276-835-1024 and
Russell County 276-794-7826.
Q. Can I be held liable if someone is
throwing trash on my property?
Yes, according to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the property owner is
responisble for maintaining his or her property. If you see
someone depositing trash on your property then you should contact your
local litter officer to stop this practice. Litter officers do
not normally charge the landowner this type of case, but works with the
landowner to catch those that are guilty of this illegal practice.
Q. Can I be charged with Littering if
trash blows out of my vehicle?
A. Yes, according to Virginia Law, this is classified as an unsecured
load and littering.
Q. How much are the fines if I get
caught Littering or Illegally Dumping?
Fines range from as low as $50 all the way up to $5,000. Some of our
localities have enacted tougher litter ordinances that gives the litter
officers the ability to pursue civil damages. In these cases litter
bugs can be fined up to $5,000 plus court and attorney fees and made to
clean the entire dump up at
the litter bugs expense.
Q. Who are the people in orange vest
cleaning along our highways?
In some cases this is volunteers. In addition, Buchanan, Dickenson and
Russell counties have adopted the Assign-A-Highway program. This
innovative program utilizes probationers to clean sections of road ways
every two weeks. These probationers are assigned by the courts to
this duty as long as they are on probation. If a probationer
fails to complie with this program, they face jail time. To learn
more about this program visit www.assignahighway.com
Q. How can my office, civic group,
community group or club get involved with cleaning our county or
The counties of Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell have many projects that
both citizens and businesses can participate. Events are
advertised in the local newspapers and citizens and businesses can
simply contact thier local litter and recycling office to volunteer to
assist. Businesses are encouraged to implement programs such as
office paper recycling.
Board of Directors
Mr. Earl Rife
Mr. Trey Adkins
Mr. Damon Rasnick
Mr. Ron Peters
Mr. David Eaton
Mr. Tim Lovelace
Mr. Toby F. Edwards, Director
Ms. Saundra Honaker, Finance
135 Highland Drive
PO Box 386
Lebanon, VA 24266