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Virginia Beach Waste Management Fees

Published: August 10, 2011 | Updated: August 10, 2011

Beginning in January 2012, the City of Virginia Beach will begin charging all residents of single-family homes, townhomes and duplexes who receive city waste collection services a monthly $10 fee in their utility/stormwater bills.

Until recently, solid waste collection has been covered by revenue in the general fund; however, those funds are no longer sufficient to cover the expenses.

Currently, the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) handles regional solid waste disposal for eight communities – Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Southampton County, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

SPSA charges these communities for trash disposal services, but Virginia Beach has benefited from a lower capped fee over the years because the city has allowed SPSA to dispose ash from the waste-to-energy plant in the Virginia Beach landfill. 

That cap agreement with SPSA expires in 2015, at which time the city’s fees will increase. Three years later in 2018, the current agreements with the localities and SPSA will expire.

Once SPSA is no longer operational, each individual community will be responsible for managing its own waste disposal. That means Virginia Beach must either develop the infrastructure to perform these services or contract with a private business to handle collection and disposal. Either of these scenarios will be more costly than the current arrangement.

The $10 fee will generate about $14.5 million, or about 40 percent of the program’s cost for the 123,660 customers that currently receive service. Without the fee, during the fiscal years 2012-2018, there is a projected funding shortfall of $58.2 million needed to provide waste management services.

For more information regarding the new fee call 385-4167 or visit