On February 19, the area’s main transfer station for trash and recycling haulers, Van der Linde Recycling, abruptly shuttered its household waste processing facility. The sudden halt jolted Charlottesville and the counties that have relied on Van der Linde as the focal transfer station for processing recycled materials placed into customers’ all-in-one-bins. In a statement, founder Peter van der Linde promised 30 more days of service and invoice fulfillment.

Liz Palmer, the Samuel Miller representative on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, says she and local municipalities were unaware of any decisions until the press release. “Van der Linde did not alert anyone ahead of time, as far as I know,” she says. Haulers such as Time Disposal may have “been somewhat aware ahead of us,” she says.