Southeastern Public Service Authority of Virginia


In the past, solid waste in southeastern Virginia had been handled by the individual localities in accordance with local and state regulations. Each city or county either collected and disposed of waste within its borders and transported the collected waste to a neighboring city for disposal.

The local communities had already realized a need for a regional water supply system, so in 1973, they created the Southeastern Water Authority of Virginia, pursuant to the Virginia Water and Sewer Authorities Act. This organization never reached operational status as a water authority and in 1976, by agreement of the local municipalities it became the Southeastern Public Service Authority. Its responsibilities were expanded to include the implementation of a regional solid waste disposal system to include a resource recovery operation, featuring a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) Plant and a Power Plant.

In April 2005, SPSA received ISO 14001 certification as an organization, which they view as independent confirmation of what they have said time and again they care for the environment. 

The companyÂâ€Ã¢„¢s Regional Landfill began operations in January 1985. Approximately 2,000 tons of waste is received daily at the 833-acre site with 151 acres of permitted landfill area located in Suffolk. Through its integrated waste management system, SPSA is able to put 57 percent of the waste it receives to a beneficial use, allowing the region to reduce its dependence on landfills.

SPSA operates eight household hazardous waste collection facilities. These facilities are open chosen days so residents may bring products such as paint and pesticides to be disposed of safely, free of charge. Just as other recyclables such as aluminum and plastic, yard waste should be separated from household trash and bundled or placed in clear plastic bags. 

The company provides competitive salaries and as a SPSA employee a person can take advantage of their excellent benefits available to all full-time and some part-time employees. These benefits include health insurance, dental and life insurance and many more.  They offer other benefits as well such as annual and sick leave, paid holidays, uniforms, tuition reimbursement and internal training programs and many more.