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Policy Summary

This provision sets standards for composting on private property, including composting of organic food waste.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Falls Church
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Surplus

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

The intent section states that Chapter 34 (which includes § 34-7) is intended "to promote health and general welfare of the city." § 34-2.

Environmental goal?
Unclear

The section is titled "Composting on private property" § 34-7 and the chapter's overarching purpose is "to promote health and general welfare of the city" § 34-2, however no specific environmentally-focused purpose is listed.

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to promote the health and general welfare of the city by regulating the collection and disposal of solid waste in accordance with an integrated, comprehensive strategy for the management of solid waste generated within the city, to be referred to henceforth as the solid waste management plan. The provisions of this chapter shall not affect the right of any person to sell or otherwise dispose of solid waste material as provided in the Code of Virginia Code, § 15.2-933, nor permitted under any other law of the Commonwealth of Virginia." § 34-2.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 34-1

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Violators are subject to a fine of $100 for first violation, $150 for subsequent violations (up to $3,000 in total fines for all violations arising out of the same set of facts). § 34-9(c).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Falls Church, Virginia Code of Ordinances Chapter 34 - Solid Waste. History: Ord. No. 1883, 9-24-2012.