Va. governor orders state agencies, colleges and universities to stop using single-use plastics

By: | March 24, 2021

All Virginia state agencies and public colleges and universities will stop using single-use plastics under an executive order from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam that aims to reduce statewide solid waste.

“Landfills or incinerators subject to strict environmental standards are the best option for waste that cannot currently be reused or recycled. Such facilities, however — no matter how strictly regulated — have negative environmental and social impacts on nearby communities and siting often raises issues of environmental justice,” Executive Order 77 reads.

“Therefore, it is critical that the commonwealth focus on reducing its disposal of solid waste, and diverting as much as possible from landfills to beneficial reuse.”

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