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Our county is consciously working towards stronger environmental responsibility, using resources and undertaking sustainable initiatives with an eye to the future. That means evaluating our energy use, making the choice to reduce, reuse and recycle, and making every effort to protect our environment. See all the ways Chesterfield is staying committed to sustainable practices.

Cooperative Extension (Parks and Recreation)

One of the most fun ways you can support sustainability in your community is by supporting your local farmers and businesses at the Chesterfield County Farmers Market, which runs May through August.

Chesterfield is home to nearly 1,300 miles of streams, 124 miles of riverfront and hundreds of acres of reservoirs, ponds and lakes. So, homeowners have a large role to play in sustaining our county’s waterways through landscaping, creating rain barrels and more. Learn more about these skills and sustainability at the home

Environmental Engineering

Sustainability is vital to the work of our Environmental Engineering department. Watch a video on the work they do and their education and outreach efforts in the community. Let Environmental Engineering teach you how to make a difference, including rain barrel workshops.

General Services

The Department of General Services is responsible, in part, for reporting on the cost and consumption of electricity, natural gas, propane and water in county government facilities. Read the latest Energy Management Annual Report on the department’s webpage. 

The Waste and Resource Recovery Division of our Department of General Services is a leader in environmental, health and safety management.  Learn more about the division and see their environmental, health and safety posters.

Visit a Chesterfield convenience center to dispose of household items like refrigerators, dryers and grills, or to recycle electronics, metals and other materials. If you need mulch, it is available for citizens to load at the Southern Area Convenience Center during normal business hours.

Have questions about Chesterfield’s curbside recycling program?  Learn more about curbside recycling.

For answers to citizens’ most frequently asked questions about trash and recyclables, read the division’s FAQ.

Stay up-to-date with disposal events like shredding and electronics recycling by using the division’s calendar.

Parks and Recreation

The design for all park planning projects includes a focus on environmental outcomes. Plus, our Parks and Recreation department operates on a manual of environmental management standard operating procedures. Read more about the Parks and Recreation environmental stewardship efforts.

The Parks and Recreation Department is also tasked with managing conservation easements held by the Department of Historic Resources and Capital Region Land Conservancy. Monitoring reports are available for several parks, and can be accessed on the Parks and Recreation webpage.

Risk Management

For an overview of environmental best practices on the topics of energy conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention, please visit the Department of Risk Management’s Environmental Management and Guidance page