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Clean Fairfax is excited to see some of our old friends, and make some new ones next Saturday, April 24th 12pm-5 pm at o...
04/16/2021

Clean Fairfax is excited to see some of our old friends, and make some new ones next Saturday, April 24th 12pm-5 pm at our (Covid Compliant) Earth Daze event at Aslin Beer Company in Herndon (767 Elden St, Herndon)

We're looking to have some food trucks, coffee, some vendors, some crafts, beer, cider, and all day Clean Fairfax will be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything--but probably should stick to Environmental Topics!) with staff and any of our partners that may stop by to say hi! If it is a nice day our Clean Fairfax Mascot BumbleBee might even come by and take some pics with you!

Our besties at Aslin Beer Company have even created a special Earth Daze beer for us and last year it was wildly successful despite us not being able to have an event, so you will not want to miss that.

Thanks to our sponsors Aslin Beer Company Stohlman Subaru Covanta Rare Bird Coffee Roasters Green Lizard Cycling, LLC Unique Thrift Store and Visit Fairfax for their support! We can't wait to see you all!

And special thanks too to our friends at We Sell Events who put it all together for us!

We've got 99 problems and the built environment is one. In today's Environmental News Round Up, we're talking about  cli...
04/15/2021

We've got 99 problems and the built environment is one. In today's Environmental News Round Up, we're talking about climate change, leaking wastewater ponds and infrastructure needs in Fairfax County and across the country. Click the link for more! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1rN

Spring is here and plants are blooming. We've got the info on how climate change is impacting plant life and some tips t...
04/13/2021

Spring is here and plants are blooming. We've got the info on how climate change is impacting plant life and some tips to help your Virginia native plant garden. Check out our blog for all the info! https://wp.me/sBXWQ-5533

Researchers are finding microplastics in the most remote environments on the planet and the US is still exporting plasti...
04/08/2021

Researchers are finding microplastics in the most remote environments on the planet and the US is still exporting plastic waste while increasing plastic production. Check out our Environmental News Round Up for the full scoop! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1qz

Clean Fairfax is expanding our programming to respond to increasing needs in the community. comPOST is a carefully curat...
04/01/2021

Clean Fairfax is expanding our programming to respond to increasing needs in the community.

comPOST is a carefully curated subscription box of compostable material for your home composting operations. Tailored to your lifestyle, comPOST will keep you in the green. Contact us today about a quote for your monthly or quarterly subscription box.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act has been reintroduced, and the Mountain Valley Pipeline might have another del...
03/30/2021

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act has been reintroduced, and the Mountain Valley Pipeline might have another delay! Check out our Environmental News Round Up for all the information! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1qw

Tomorrow is National Doctors' Day and our friends at Virginia League of Conservation Voters is hosting an event you migh...
03/29/2021

Tomorrow is National Doctors' Day and our friends at Virginia League of Conservation Voters is hosting an event you might be interested in!

From 6-7pm they'll be talking with Dr. Joan Schiller, an oncologist from the Vienna area and a member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. She'll be covering the impacts of climate change on human health, patient care, and climate as a public health emergency. In addition: Sara Cheiffo, LCV's Vice President of Government Affairs, will be giving an update surrounding what's happening at the federal level to act on climate and reduce our emissions.

#NationalDoctorsDay

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2bCPVYlASgK87XdwlAc3Qw?emci=0ece93a1-637b-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=4d0a90c5-9d7b-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=901442&fbclid=IwAR29fMlx8ddWkkSjsREDynOQiSFo-rz69Z7MvP8412kZgZLglwnof9vvN_w

We've got news! Some positive things are happening in Virginia and around the world to eliminate single use plastics. Ch...
03/25/2021

We've got news! Some positive things are happening in Virginia and around the world to eliminate single use plastics. Check out our Environmental News Round Up for all the information! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1qg

Yup.
03/22/2021

Yup.

Saw some chatter on NextDoor about irresponsible dog owners and checked up on water quality. Virtually every stream in SD36 that is near human dwellings is impaired recreational uses by e. coli under the Clean Water Act. Just remember that unless you are using your back yard as a bathroom, the only possible source of that is pet waste.

Supervisor Dan Storck Rodney Lusk Kenny A. Boddye Woodbridge District Supervisor Chair Ann Wheeler Tinesha Allen Stafford County Supervisor for the Griffis-Widewater District Virginia Conservation Network Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Potomac Riverkeeper Network Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Look at next week's offerings from our friends at Master Gardeners! #YouCanGrowThat
03/12/2021

Look at next week's offerings from our friends at Master Gardeners! #YouCanGrowThat

New topics weekly, your questions always welcome- on any topic! Register first at fairfaxgardening.org.

We're making it happen this year, people. #EarthDay2021
03/11/2021

We're making it happen this year, people.
#EarthDay2021

Join Clean Fairfax and Aslin Beer Company for Earth Daze!

Featuring local vendors, specialty beer and other fun sustainable activities!

Message us to find out how your brand can get involved!

#EarthDaze #CleanFairfax #AslinBeerCo #WeSellEvents #CommunityEngagement #Marketing #EarthDay #Events

03/10/2021
Braddock Voices 02: Jen Cole of Clean Fairfax

It's a nice day out and if you spend some time outside, take Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw's Braddock Voices Podcast (True Story--used to live in Braddock District!) with you and you can listen to us talk about plastic pollution, climate change, producer responsibility, illegal dumping, legislative wins and losses at the state house this legislative session and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8Wz62BHvpo&ab_channel=SupervisorJamesWalkinshaw

The Braddock Voices podcast will feature Braddock District and Fairfax County residents and leaders who make the community a better place. The podcast's seco...

Monday March 1 was the EU Plastics Overshoot Day, which is the day where their consumption of plastic overtakes their ab...
03/04/2021

Monday March 1 was the EU Plastics Overshoot Day, which is the day where their consumption of plastic overtakes their ability to recycle it. Would you like to guess when the US Overshoot Day is? January 16. That's Calendar Year, btw. 😬🙄

#SolutionNotPollution

https://bioplasticsnews.com/2021/01/07/us-plastic-overshoot-day/

Never thought we'd see the day!
03/01/2021

Never thought we'd see the day!

Today marks a big day in Fairfax County. The new rule eliminating plastic bags for yard waste go into effect. To give everyone time to plan and purchase PAPER BAGS, enforcement will not begin until April 19. There's a lot more information below. #dpwes #fairfaxcounty

This is something we have supported since the beginning of the Pandemic. We hope you will consider signing as well.
03/01/2021

This is something we have supported since the beginning of the Pandemic. We hope you will consider signing as well.

Help us urge the Governor to deem farmers markets as essential during an emergency: https://forms.gle/G3256monS85ZbNsBA

Compromise or concession- The 2021 Virginia General Assembly is coming to an end and we have some thoughts about legisla...
02/24/2021

Compromise or concession- The 2021 Virginia General Assembly is coming to an end and we have some thoughts about legislators jockeying to be named "environmentalist of the year". https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1q0

In February and March 2021, Fairfax County is conducting public outreach and seeking input from county residents and sta...
02/22/2021

In February and March 2021, Fairfax County is conducting public outreach and seeking input from county residents and stakeholders on issues pertaining to the development of a Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP.

To capture public feedback on issues of particular importance, three different, short public surveys have been developed. The first relates to energy issues and topics, the second is dedicated to transportation, development, and waste-related issues, and the third includes open-ended questions to invite free-form feedback on the climate planning process in general.

In Fairfax County, energy use and transportation are the two greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The CECAP will address both issue areas, and with your input, we can ensure that the final plan reflects the needs of everyone in our community as we work to reduce our collective carbon footprint. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/cecap-public-surveys

In addition there are two online information sessions about this body of work. More information on the virtual sessions:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/climateaction/news/public-meetings-february-23-and-25

We are posting this as a courtesy for the Office of Environment and Energy Coordination.

Just like too much salt is bad for you--too much is bad for the eco-system.
02/18/2021

Just like too much salt is bad for you--too much is bad for the eco-system.

We know we've told you this before, but, given today's weather we can't stress enough how important it is for our environment to use only as much salt as you need to melt the ice. Don't overdo it. #WinterSaltSmart

If it wasn't for our regional Farmers Markets Clean Fairfax might have starved this past year. And they're hiring. Thank...
02/17/2021

If it wasn't for our regional Farmers Markets Clean Fairfax might have starved this past year. And they're hiring. Thanks Farmers, and Farmers Markets--Let's go Plastic Bag Free this year! 😀

Do you love farmers markets? Do you enjoy being outside and connecting your community and local food system? Good news! Freshfarm is hiring Market Managers for the 2021 season!

To learn more, check out the Job Listing on the FRESHFARM website (https://www.freshfarm.org/employment). Interested candidates can fill out this Employment Application (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/190PAQRc5D9u_NB24rteVnc58vvMfIGnilwhQsJreHeY/viewform?edit_requested=true). Please email [email protected] with any questions.

We are looking for a part time (to start)  person to help with our stream monitoring and community cleanups! This job re...
02/16/2021

We are looking for a part time (to start) person to help with our stream monitoring and community cleanups! This job requires someone to have a clean driving record and reliable transportation and requires fieldwork (ie., not virtual) in Fairfax County.

Click through for the job listing--deadline is this Friday (Feb 19th) and please share with your networks!

http://www.cleanfairfax.org/about/job-and-internship-opportunities/

Take action against plastic waste! Stop the plastic and chemical industries from dictating Virginia's laws. Our blog has...
02/15/2021

Take action against plastic waste! Stop the plastic and chemical industries from dictating Virginia's laws. Our blog has all the details! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1pW

There are some important bills making their way through the General Assembly. We've got a Legislative News Round Up for ...
02/11/2021

There are some important bills making their way through the General Assembly. We've got a Legislative News Round Up for you today. Head over to our blog to let your senator know it's time to ban intentional balloon releases and you want them to support the ban on foam food and beverage service containers! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1pM

Tomorrow is the last chance to stop the remaining chemical conversion bill at the General Assembly.  Now is the time to ...
02/07/2021

Tomorrow is the last chance to stop the remaining chemical conversion bill at the General Assembly. Now is the time to let your elected official know you oppose allowing polluting corporations to change Virginia's laws! Check out our blog to get involved! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1pE

Environmentalists doing homework for legislators who are dismissive and snide. Chemical Conversion: Importing Plastic to...
02/05/2021

Environmentalists doing homework for legislators who are dismissive and snide. Chemical Conversion: Importing Plastic to Melt to Create More Plastic to Melt: IN YOUR BACK YARD! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1pb

We were very honored to be invited to part of this awesome calendar this year by our friends at Ecoprint and More Vang, ...
02/05/2021
Protecting the Natural Beauty of the Chesapeake Bay – Ecoprint

We were very honored to be invited to part of this awesome calendar this year by our friends at Ecoprint and More Vang, and if you'd like to order a copy for yourself you can! What is great about it is that it is a double calendar--it has great pics of the bay on one side of each month and then highlights those nonprofits that are doing work to protect it on the other side of the month. We're February!

We can't tell you how great it feels when the important work we do is recognized outside of our usual sphere of influence.

https://www.ecoprint.com/protecting-the-natural-beauty-of-the-chesapeake-bay/

This year’s calendar, themed Protecting the Natural Beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, features 13 different organizations—a different one each month—along with stunning photographs that highlight the beauty and diversity of the Chesapeake Bay. It is our first ever flip calendar, with one side hig...

Hey look! It's us!
02/02/2021

Hey look! It's us!

The Chesapeake Bay is only as healthy as the tributaries that flow into it. Luckily, Clean Fairfax —this month's Ecoprint calendar contributor—is working to keep the waterways in Northern Virginia clean and litter-free. Learn more about Clean Fairfax and how you can support their mission in our latest blog post. https://www.ecoprint.com/blog/2021/02/clean-fairfax-works-to-keep-waterways-free-and-clear/ #sustainability #actionsmatter #cleanwater

The Virginia General Assembly is about halfway over and the bill to classify chemical conversion (chemical recycling) as...
02/01/2021

The Virginia General Assembly is about halfway over and the bill to classify chemical conversion (chemical recycling) as a manufacturing process will be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow. This will streamline the construction of fossil fuel facilities throughout Virginia. There is still time to let your state senator know they should OPPOSE this bill! The American Chemistry Council should not be dictating Virginia's laws. Check out our blog to take action! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1p4

01/28/2021

GM just announced today that they'll stop making gas powered light duty cars and SUVs by 2035 so let's get on this train people. We need more incentives and infrastructure.

We're getting a little traction getting the word out on how bad these two bills are. Here's another good write up about ...
01/26/2021
Two Plastics “Chemical Recycling” Bills in the VA General Assembly Represent Step Backwards for Our Climate, Public Health, and Environmental Justice Goals

We're getting a little traction getting the word out on how bad these two bills are. Here's another good write up about them. If you haven't called your legislator--today is a great day to call your State Senator and give them a heads up about how awful this is. We think the Senate version is being heard in the Senate Committee on Agriculture so you can start with them first. https://bluevirginia.us/2021/01/two-plastics-chemical-recycling-bills-in-the-va-general-assembly-represent-step-backwards-for-our-climate-public-health-and-environmental-justice-goals

Cover image courtesy of GreenpeaceRight now, while many of us are paying attention to other things after such a stressful few months, Virginia is at risk for falling victim to a sophisticated "gre

HB 2173 will have its third reading in the Virginia House today. This bill will change the definition of advanced recycl...
01/25/2021

HB 2173 will have its third reading in the Virginia House today. This bill will change the definition of advanced recycling (chemical conversion) from waste management to manufacturing. This will streamline the construction of fossil fuel facilities throughout Virginia. There is still time to let your elected officials know they should OPPOSE this bill! The fossil fuel industry should prove that chemical conversion is safe because they have a documented history of harming the most vulnerable communities. Read our blog to find out how you can take a stand against these dangerous facilities proliferating throughout Virginia. https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1oB

The fossil fuel and manufacturing industries are working with the Virginia Legislature to push through a dangerous bill ...
01/22/2021

The fossil fuel and manufacturing industries are working with the Virginia Legislature to push through a dangerous bill that would lock Virginia into a fossil fuel future and make the plastic pollution crisis worse. There is still time to stop this bill from passing- Call, email and Tweet Your elected officials! Click the link for a blog to learn more and get involved! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1oB

Considering how many seed companies are already sold out, some of you must have some ideas about starting gardens this y...
01/22/2021

Considering how many seed companies are already sold out, some of you must have some ideas about starting gardens this year! So how about learning from the best?! Our friends at FFX Master Gardeners will give you all the info you need to know about making your own lighted growshelf, and how to adapt your gardening infrastructure to meet your needs!

Our free virtual plant clinics continue with new topics for next week. Check it out and register at fairfaxgardening.org!

The Virginia General Assembly is moving fast and tomorrow the bill to ban intentional balloon releases will be heard! He...
01/19/2021

The Virginia General Assembly is moving fast and tomorrow the bill to ban intentional balloon releases will be heard! Head over to our blog to find out how to get involved before the chance floats away! https://wp.me/pBXWQ-1ov

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Today this super team of 4 found and picked a lot of trash on one side of Accotink creek. Way to go!
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.