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Clean Fairfax works on litter prevention, recycling education and environmental advocacy in Fairfax County, Virginia
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Clean Fairfax is embedded in the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, but is its own non-profit organization. We are not a county agency.

Frost warning all through our region tonight and maybe tomorrow, so cover your annuals (vegetables, herbs and flowers!)
05/08/2020

Frost warning all through our region tonight and maybe tomorrow, so cover your annuals (vegetables, herbs and flowers!)

Investing in clean energy infrastructure will be vital for Virginia’s recovery.
05/07/2020
Clean Economy Act will help Virginia’s economic recovery - Virginia Mercury

Investing in clean energy infrastructure will be vital for Virginia’s recovery.

By Andrew Gohn While efforts to protect public health remain paramount right now, it is also critical that we look ahead and plan how we are going to emerge from this pandemic and rebuild our economy. Sadly, we’re unlikely to see a quick return to the record employment we enjoyed before the corona...

The easiest way to avoid confusion is to reduce consumption!
05/06/2020
Are your ‘recyclable’ products actually recyclable? - (StatePoint) If you’re like many people you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable

The easiest way to avoid confusion is to reduce consumption!

(StatePoint) If you’re like many people, you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable” labels on your products may be misleading and that much of what you believe will be processed and used a...

The fossil fuel industry is using the pandemic to fight plastic legislation around the world. Increased plastic producti...
05/05/2020
Will Coronavirus Be the Death or Salvation of Big Plastic?

The fossil fuel industry is using the pandemic to fight plastic legislation around the world. Increased plastic production is their long-term plan, not protecting the public’s health.

Big Oil was already pivoting to plastic before COVID-19 torpedoed global oil prices. What does that mean for the future of consumer plastic?

Today is a thing around the world called Giving Tuesday which is a global fundraising effort. A lot of non-profits count...
05/05/2020

Today is a thing around the world called Giving Tuesday which is a global fundraising effort. A lot of non-profits count on these specific days to help them raise funds to do their work.

We don't. We don't ask for funds from you (although that may change in the future depending on what happens with our current funding stream) and we work on the slimmest budget, just the 2 of us (plus the occasional intern) to do the work we do. But we do ask things of you.

One of those things today is: PICK UP YOUR FILTHY TRASH, YOU AWFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE LEAVING GLOVES AND MASKS IN GROCERY STORE PARKING LOTS. Someone has to pick that up. And it isn't just regular trash like we are used to, but trash that could be contaminated with a deadly virus that has so far killed well over 60,000 Americans and is showing no sign of stopping.

So on this Giving Tuesday we're going to ask you to STOP GIVING OTHER PEOPLE THE VIRUS. Cover your face when you are out, clean up after yourself, and don't put out more garbage than can fit in your trash can.

Plastic manufacturers need to produce less plastic. Recycling can not eliminate plastic waste.
05/04/2020
What's Gone Wrong With Plastic Recycling

Plastic manufacturers need to produce less plastic. Recycling can not eliminate plastic waste.

Consumer Reports explains what has gone wrong with plastic recycling. Of all the plastic ever produced (more than 10 billion tons of it) less than 10 percent has been recycled.

Just remember, killing off all of the insects in your garden is not the desired result here, as any healthy ecosystem re...
05/01/2020
8 natural & homemade insecticides: Save your garden without killing the Earth

Just remember, killing off all of the insects in your garden is not the desired result here, as any healthy ecosystem requires an abundance of beneficial insects, microbes, and fungi, both in the soil and on the plants themselves, so introducing other predatory insects (ladybugs, praying mantis, etc.) or creating good habitat for them, as well as building soil fertility, can also be an effective pest management approach.

These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your family.

A coalition of 223 companies from the plastic industry have asked the federal government for a $1 billion bailout. There...
04/30/2020
Big Plastic Asks Congress for $1 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

A coalition of 223 companies from the plastic industry have asked the federal government for a $1 billion bailout. There are 60 publicly traded companies in this coalition with a combined net profit of $210 billion and revenue approaching $3 trillion for 2019. Large beverage companies in this coalition include Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Danone, Unilever, and Nestle who spent over $24 billion combined on advertising in 2019. Taxpayer funded bailouts to prop up polluting multi-billion, multi-national corporations is not acceptable.

The companies seeking taxpayer dollars to fund recycling already have hundreds of billions at their disposal to pay for the processing of their products.

Environmental justice advocates who work in these communities are not surprised that the hardest hit populations are fou...
04/28/2020
Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis

Environmental justice advocates who work in these communities are not surprised that the hardest hit populations are found in areas that are also overburdened by pollution, poverty, and illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer, as well as asthma and cardiovascular disease.

The pandemic is exposing a long history of environmental inequality.

There is never a good time to start a new compressor station. Vulnerable communities are being sacrificed in the name of...
04/27/2020
A Coronavirus Hot Spot Gets More Air Pollution

There is never a good time to start a new compressor station. Vulnerable communities are being sacrificed in the name of corporate profit.

FERC and Sabal Trail Transmission are starting up a polluting compressor station in an environmental justice community that is a global hot spot for the COVID-19 crisis.

Single use plastics and a disposable lifestyle disproportionately impact low income communities. The petrochemical indus...
04/24/2020
#BREAKFREEFROMPLASTIC SENT AN OPEN LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION - HERE’S WHAT IT SAYS

Single use plastics and a disposable lifestyle disproportionately impact low income communities. The petrochemical industry is continuing to exploit them in the name of profit and they see the pandemic as their chance to expand their operations while no one is watching over them.

With over half of the world population on lockdown to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, leaders have taken drastic measures in order to save lives. Will they also take bold steps to shape the post COVID-19 world and ensure the resilience of the planet and the promotion of essential econo...

Ok. #EarthDay2020 Recap! What will you do differently? 1. refuse single use stuff. Figure out places, even during this t...
04/24/2020

Ok. #EarthDay2020 Recap! What will you do differently?

1. refuse single use stuff. Figure out places, even during this time, where you can use more reusables and fewer disposables.

2. No more chemicals in your yard--support the bees which pollinate the flowers which gives us food (among other things you'll save)

3. VOTE--The greatest rollbacks in our environmental lives are happening right now with this administration and people VOTED for that. They voted for polluted drinking water, higher particulate matter in our air, and asthma and increased traffic and fewer controls in meat processing plants etc etc. Don't be that person. Vote for people who will take care of the planet AND us (because spoiler alert: they're intrinsically linked.)

4. Support local businesses and farms--If you're getting take out during this time, are you getting it from small family owned businesses? Check your neighborhood pages and find out who is doing curbside pickup for meals. Figure out which of your favorite farmers market vendors are still able to bring products to your new farmers market paridigm and pick up a box of produce.

5. And one extra for today--Learn how to do stuff. Learn how to cook. Learn how to sew or knit or garden or build shelving. Grow your own food. Advocate for backyard chickens (just 4, no roosters!) and composters and outside clothes dryer racks. If we have learned anything during this pandemic it is that we all need to do things for ourselves -hello home haircuts!

One of the things about being more sustainable is that you know how to take care of yourself and your neighbors when you need to. Whether it is growing, cooking and preserving food for your family and friends and neighbors, or sewing masks for nursing homes and teachers, not panicking over the lack of paper towels because you know how rags and the washing machine work...

Our area businesses and farmers markets are struggling right now. If we don't support them, they won't be around for us ...
04/23/2020

Our area businesses and farmers markets are struggling right now. If we don't support them, they won't be around for us when we finally come out the other end of this pandemic. The very foundation of a sustainability community is being able to buy local, support local jobs, keep farmland working. Sustainable doesn't mean getting all our stuff from Amazon.

When you get sick of cooking at home are you getting your take out from a big world-wide chain or a local restaurant that is struggling to not to close their kitchen doors forever?

The Earth 🌍 gives us everything every day. Take a few minutes for Earth Day 2020 and let Senators Warner and Kaine know ...
04/22/2020
Ask Virginia Senators to stop the EPA from using a pandemic to enable corporate polluters

The Earth 🌍 gives us everything every day. Take a few minutes for Earth Day 2020 and let Senators Warner and Kaine know you want them to take a stand for the EPA! A global pandemic is not the time to suspend enforcement of US environmental laws. These rollbacks put vulnerable Virginia communities at risk and have a lasting negative impact on the natural world.
Happy Earth Day and we can’t wait to see everyone in person! Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Sign the petition today!

So, if you don't have plans for lunch today, why don't you go have beer? Spoiler Alert: It is really good and the suppor...
04/22/2020

So, if you don't have plans for lunch today, why don't you go have beer?

Spoiler Alert: It is really good and the support from Aslin could not come at a better time.

Both the Alexandria and the Herndon locations have 4 packs but IT WILL SELL OUT so don't delay! Thank you Aslin Beer Company We can't wait to whoop it up with all y'all when we are allowed out of the house again.

🌎 Happy Earth Day! 🌍Today 4/22 we are releasing Earth Daze, our collaboration with @cleanfairfax ! Earth Daze is a hefeweizen with a toasted coconut twist.
5.5% ABV
$11/4pack
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A portion of proceeds from Earth Daze will go towards Clean Fairfax’s efforts to encourage environmental stewardship and urban sustainability across Fairfax County. Their programs reduce littering and encourage recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption through community clean-ups and adopt-a-spots. We are looking forward to rescheduling our Earth Daze throw down with them as soon as community health and safety permits!
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All available beers are updated regularly on our site! We have:
• 🚗 Curbside pickup,
• 🚛 Local delivery to Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun & Prince William Counties, &
• 📦 Shipping throughout VA & DC.
**PLEASE SEE OUR SITE FOR FULL DETAILS**
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#cleanfairfax #earthday2020 #earthdayeveryday #Aslin #AslinAlexandria #AslinBeerCo #VaBeer #Herndon #Alexandria

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. And the best thing you can do for the environment is to vote for representat...
04/22/2020

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

And the best thing you can do for the environment is to vote for representatives who will protect it, and us. If you care at all about clean water, and clean air, and less traffic on the roads, and more green space, and farmers markets, and honey, and trees on your street, and clean beaches, and and and... You need to fight for those things, not throw them away.

Spending time outside is beneficial for your health! Remember to practice social distancing while you enjoy some sunshin...
04/21/2020
Being near water can be healthy during the pandemic. Here are five places to take in the region’s rivers

Spending time outside is beneficial for your health! Remember to practice social distancing while you enjoy some sunshine

While crowding at popular riverside spots isn’t safe at this time, many folks have the right idea: Getting near or on our region’s rivers and waterways can reduce the collective stress we’re feeling and help us stay connected to our community and to the larger world.

When you treat your lawn with chemicals you do a few things that are bad for the environment--you kill wildflowers and s...
04/21/2020

When you treat your lawn with chemicals you do a few things that are bad for the environment--you kill wildflowers and some native plants and some of the first foods for pollinators in the spring (clover, dandelions.) Pollinators work to make sure that the flowers you see on tomato and cukes plants and apple trees (etc) all turn into vegetables and fruits.

You also kill all the insects when you use an insecticide--good ones and bad ones--bees, butterflies, ladybugs and more. . Killing insects causes food shortages for other wildlife that count on insects for food--like birds and possums. Possums can eat up to 10,000 ticks a season, ticks that carry Lyme Disease. And when you treat your yard with insecticide, you are also treating your pets and your children who play in that yard.

And that is just the beginning of the problems that are caused when you use chemicals in your yard. So, how about not?

#EarthDay2020

“There was never an enthusiastic belief that recycling was ultimately going to work in a significant way” Recycling has ...
04/20/2020
Plastics Industry Insiders Reveal the Truth About Recycling

“There was never an enthusiastic belief that recycling was ultimately going to work in a significant way”
Recycling has never been and never will be the solution to plastic waste.

They never believed it would actually solve the plastic waste problem. Today, it’s estimated that no more than 10 percent of plastic produced has ever been recycled.

Welcome to Earth Week 2020. We had some pretty big plans--a lot of speaking engagements, conferences, cleanups, our big ...
04/20/2020

Welcome to Earth Week 2020. We had some pretty big plans--a lot of speaking engagements, conferences, cleanups, our big Earth Daze event. But now we're going to just break it down to the basics. Every day a new (to you maybe?) way you can be more sustainable in your life. Now is a great time to make some changes.

“Big Plastic only plans to expand production. We need to chart a different course.”
04/17/2020
The Story of Plastic

“Big Plastic only plans to expand production. We need to chart a different course.”

This is a story about Big Plastic's plot to trash the planet for profit and the global movement rising up to stop it.

The good news is that the bag bill was finally signed. Yay! The bad news is that Farmers Markets are still being classif...
04/17/2020
Re-classify Virginia Farmers Markets as Essential Grocery Stores

The good news is that the bag bill was finally signed. Yay! The bad news is that Farmers Markets are still being classified as restaurants. We really need the Governor and his staff to see how important Farmers Markets are to communities as a place to buy fresh food, and to support our agriculture in Virginia. If you haven't yet signed this letter asking him to reconsider the classification that would allow them to operate more as grocery stores and less like drive through Burger Kings, please do so today. Thank you and please share it with your own networks. We cannot lose more farmers at a time when we need a more reliable local food network.

Farmers Markets in Virginia are currently not listed as "Essential Businesses." They are classified instead as restaurants, which are only currently open for takeout and delivery. As a result, many Virginia Farmers Markets have closed due to the restrictions. We need Virginia Farmers Markets to be c...

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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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