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11/03/2020

Today is Election Day. Did you vote?

Reminder: Tomorrow is Election Day.
11/02/2020

Reminder: Tomorrow is Election Day.

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10/30/2020

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10/29/2020

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10/28/2020

Don't forget to vote.

Today on the Clean Fairfax Environmental News Round Up we're talking about best practices for waste reduction domestical...
10/27/2020

Today on the Clean Fairfax Environmental News Round Up we're talking about best practices for waste reduction domestically and abroad. We shed some light on how the fossil fuel industry is depending on expanding plastic production to keep their profits coming and what can be done to improve recycling infrastructure. Click the link to learn more! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1lu

10/27/2020
Chicken Coop Crusaders - Modern Farmer
10/26/2020
Chicken Coop Crusaders - Modern Farmer

Chicken Coop Crusaders - Modern Farmer

Amid the panic buying and lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic, Melissa Goodridge felt the urge to be closer to her food source. Goodridge, who

Please! Be on the lookout for this incredibly TERRIBLE insect that will do huge damage to our ecosystem if it gets a ins...
10/21/2020

Please! Be on the lookout for this incredibly TERRIBLE insect that will do huge damage to our ecosystem if it gets a insect toe-hold. When you are putting out your trash and recycling--check your trees. When you're raking up your leaves--check your trees. When you're out throwing the tennis ball for your dog--check your trees! Get in the habit of checking your trees!

This is a destructive, invasive insect that hasn't been seen in Fairfax County, but it is in Virginia. If you see a spotted lanternfly, please contact the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or email [email protected]. For details, please see https://bit.ly/2GWzc2H.
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A little light reading today in honor of our colleague Zach's Birthday!   Zach manages our Clean Streams Initiative whic...
10/20/2020
Animals Keep Evolving Into Crabs, Which Is Somewhat Disturbing

A little light reading today in honor of our colleague Zach's Birthday! Zach manages our Clean Streams Initiative which is a public private partnership with Fairfax County Stormwater Management and he also is in charge of our Litter Free VA initiative. Happy Birthday, Zach!

It's okay if this weirds you out.

On Today's Environmental News Round Up we've got some positive news in the fight against the plastic crisis and a quick ...
10/15/2020

On Today's Environmental News Round Up we've got some positive news in the fight against the plastic crisis and a quick update on how to stay up to date on waste reduction legislation during the quickly approaching 2021 General Assembly. Check out our blog for all the info!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1lo

Climate change claims more of our natural wonders.CNN: The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals within 3 decades.
10/14/2020
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals within 3 decades

Climate change claims more of our natural wonders.

CNN: The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals within 3 decades.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance, a new study has found.

Today on the Clean Fairfax Environmental New Round Up we're talking about aquatic Roombas, the reality of bioplastics, a...
10/13/2020

Today on the Clean Fairfax Environmental New Round Up we're talking about aquatic Roombas, the reality of bioplastics, and an update on the plastic pellet spill on the Mississippi River. Hit the link to learn more!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1lf

How are you honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day?
10/12/2020

How are you honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day?

There are real solutions to the plastic crisis, many of which are already being practiced around the world. Head over to...
10/08/2020

There are real solutions to the plastic crisis, many of which are already being practiced around the world. Head over to our blog to read about what we could be doing here and how the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act can help. And thank you to all the residents of the 10th congressional district who were able to come to yesterday's constituent meeting!
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There is still time to register for the virtual meeting with Congresswoman Wexton's office! If you live or work in the 1...
10/07/2020

There is still time to register for the virtual meeting with Congresswoman Wexton's office! If you live or work in the 10th district this is the time to let the Congresswoman know you want her to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. Head to our website (www.cleanfairfax.org) for more information and to RSVP for the event!

In less than 24 hours we will be meeting with Congresswoman Wexton's office to discuss the importance of the Break Free ...
10/06/2020

In less than 24 hours we will be meeting with Congresswoman Wexton's office to discuss the importance of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. If you live in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, this is your chance to have your voice heard! Fill out this form to RSVP for the event! https://forms.gle/Vnx8CZXJRVoVdAb66

Have you signed up for the 350 Fairfax October Plastic Free Challenge? This is a great time to reduce your plastic waste...
10/02/2020

Have you signed up for the 350 Fairfax October Plastic Free Challenge? This is a great time to reduce your plastic waste stream and learn about steps that can be taken to end the plastic crisis. Learn more about the challenge here! https://350fairfax.org/plastic-free-challenge/

Does this picture bother you? We have scheduled a constituent meeting with Representative Jennifer Wexton’s (Virginia’s ...
10/01/2020

Does this picture bother you? We have scheduled a constituent meeting with Representative Jennifer Wexton’s (Virginia’s 10th district) office. If Jennifer Wexton is your Congressional Representative, this is your chance to let her know you want her to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act! Our meeting is scheduled for October 7 at 3:30 pm on Zoom. Fill out this form https://forms.gle/ct3otY853kUYLQ6C8 to let us know you want to join! Click the link to read some more information on our blog!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1kU

Today on the Environmental News Round Up we're talking about some exciting plastic waste legislation, the waste to energ...
09/29/2020

Today on the Environmental News Round Up we're talking about some exciting plastic waste legislation, the waste to energy red herring, and some more green washing by the plastics industry. Click the link the learn more!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1kK

Looking for some good news to get your weekend started? We have you covered! Check out our News Round Up to read about t...
09/25/2020

Looking for some good news to get your weekend started? We have you covered! Check out our News Round Up to read about the end of coal, fishing in Virginia, and the benefits of beavers!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1kD

Fairfax 350 is starting their annual October Plastic Free Challenge. The challenge is simple- avoid single use plastics ...
09/24/2020
Plastic Free Challenge

Fairfax 350 is starting their annual October Plastic Free Challenge. The challenge is simple- avoid single use plastics because if you’re not part of the solution you are part of the pollution. To end the plastic crisis we need systemic change, individual choices have little impact when the plastics industry is actively increasing the amount of plastic waste they produce.

This Saturday, September 26 at 1 pm, Fairfax 350 has arranged a great Plastic Free Forum that will feature four speakers including Jackie Nuñez the founder of The Last Plastic Straw and a powerful advocate for policies that will end the plastic crisis and Jonathan Black who is the Senior Advisor on Energy and Environmental Issues for Senator Tom Udall. Senator Udall is a cosponsor of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, the most important piece of legislation related to the plastic waste crisis.

Sign up to join the Plastic Free Challenge and learn more!
350 Fairfax

Join the Plastic Free Challenge! Help us make our dream of a #PlasticFreeDMV possible. From October 1 to 30, avoid...

The Clean Fairfax midweek News Round Up is out! Today we're talking about climate misinformation, NYC Climate Week, plas...
09/23/2020

The Clean Fairfax midweek News Round Up is out! Today we're talking about climate misinformation, NYC Climate Week, plastics industry greenwashing, and a solution to the plastic crisis. Click the link to stay up to date!
https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1kk

We follow environmental news to keep us all up to date. Here are five stories in our News Round Up to get your week star...
09/21/2020
Fossil Fuel Marketing, National Honey Bee Month, and Avocados!

We follow environmental news to keep us all up to date. Here are five stories in our News Round Up to get your week started. Visit our website to stay informed!

Last week we shared the NPR and PBS investigation into lies told by the fossil fuel industry, this week let’s look into one of those lies. The idea of the personal “carbon footprint” was an adverti…

The plastic crisis continues and the fossil fuel industry is doing their best to make sure it doesn’t stop. Here are a f...
09/16/2020
News Round Up- Fossil Fuel Industry Lies, Algal Blooms, and more!

The plastic crisis continues and the fossil fuel industry is doing their best to make sure it doesn’t stop. Here are a few news stories to help keep you informed and a tip to make your garden more self sufficient!

The plastic crisis continues and the fossil fuel industry is doing their best to make sure it doesn’t stop. Here are a few stories to help keep you informed and a tip to make your garden more self …

It's hard to keep track of everything going on, so we put together a few important environmental stories from the last w...
09/10/2020
News Round Up!

It's hard to keep track of everything going on, so we put together a few important environmental stories from the last week to get you up to date. Virginia is suing the EPA and it's time to get your fall garden ready!

With so much going on around the world we wanted to give you a midweek news roundup! (Plus we would like not all our posts to get lost at Facebook!) Virginia has joined Maryland, Delaware, and DC …

One of our most ardent volunteers who does the work because it is important, not because she's on our board or for any o...
09/10/2020

One of our most ardent volunteers who does the work because it is important, not because she's on our board or for any other reason than it is THE RIGHT THING TO DO, was awarded the Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award this year! We could not be more pleased for her! She is such a good leader in her community and for her kids!

Individual County Resident Category

Sara Holtz. Sara is an active volunteer with several prominent environmental organizations in Fairfax County, including the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA),Fairfax ReLeaf,and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Among her contributions and accomplishments, Sara serves as the Site Leader at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton for the FCPA Invasive Management Area Program. In connection with Fairfax ReLeaf, Sara has recruited and managed volunteers who have planted nearly 1,000 trees and shrubs and has educated hundreds of youth through the Waples Mill Elementary School STAMP (Science Technology Art Music Philanthropy) program. With the Soil and Water Conservation District she mobilized volunteers to label all of the nearly 800 storm drains in Waples Mill neighborhoods.Sara particularly enjoys promoting environmental volunteerism with youth including STAMP, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA; leads by doing; and is an avid volunteer, dedicating over one thousand hours each year to local causes and organizations.

Another great tip on how to live within your means of one trash can and one recycle bin during these times at home when ...
09/07/2020

Another great tip on how to live within your means of one trash can and one recycle bin during these times at home when we are suddenly finding how much trash we actually generate!

We are sending out clean up supplies for SMALL (10 or fewer unrelated people and other new rules apply due to COVID-19 r...
09/04/2020

We are sending out clean up supplies for SMALL (10 or fewer unrelated people and other new rules apply due to COVID-19 rules!) Cleanups to coincide with the International Coastal Cleanup during the months of September and October

To request cleanup supplies to be delivered to your nearest government office, http://www.cleanfairfax.org/programs-events/community-clean-up-program/. (please give us at least a week to get your supplies to you)

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Hi, so we should be good stewards of the earth and not use plastic bags for waste. We go to the store and get the paper lawn bags and use them for yard waste. (64 bags of leaves at our house alone, put at the curb in reusable buckets and MANY paper lawn bags) WHY can't all the lawn services in this county do the same. They create more plastic trash than any one else. Can't we pass something that pushes the Lawn Companies to do good for the environment also.
Good quiz, check it out ... very informative and interesting
Good reason to reduce/reuse/recycle. Landfills are huge CO2 emitters. Let's get a local flyover!
Hey Clean Fairfax! I'm trying to find out how to recycle used prescription bottles. Evidently they are not allowed in curbside recycling, but I've been tossing my pill bottles in the bin all this time. What do we do with them?
I was getting conflicting messages from different haulers and the county so I contacted American directly. I understand they process recycling for the county. This is the response I received, which taught me several new things. First, the county still says you can put glass in though it’s not ideal. American says don’t do it. Also, I didn’t know you could recycle the fruit plastic containers here, so that’s great. Still trying to get in for a tour: WE RECEIVED YOUR EMAIL INQUIRY ABOUT RECYCLING MATERIAL THAT IS ACCEPTABLE. ANYTHING CARDBOARD, PLASTIC, MILK JUGS, FRUIT PLASTIC CONTAINERS, ALUMINIUM FOIL AND TRAYS, PAPER TOWEL/TOILET PAPER ROLLS, SODA CANS, NEWSPAPER, BOOKS, MAGAZINES, LAUNDRY DETERGANT CONTAINERS, BUT NO GLASS. GLASS WOULD NEED TO BE IN REGULAR TRASH.
There's a lot of confusion still about what to recycle in Fairfax. I contacted our refuse company who said they don't take glass at all. But their website clearly states they do. They claim it's controlled by the county and not up to them. The county has told me to check with each company directly because they don't control it. I contacted our neighbor's refuse company - they don't take some items that our company does (foil) but they do take glass. Are they just throwing it away? Is it processed by the hauler or by the county? I don't know how much it matters since our recycling continues to get thrown in the same truck as the trash every week. I'm just saying that some of us are trying very hard to recycle right and it's very, very hard.
Where can I take empty pill bottles to be recycled? Anyone know. I hate to throw them in the trash.
What is the best way to recycle paper here in Fairfax? Shred it? Or do I need to recycle it separate from the other recycling?
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