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Where did plastic come from and how can we get it to "go"? Head over to our blog to learn more about what it means to be...
07/01/2021
What’s the Tea: Plastic Free July

Where did plastic come from and how can we get it to "go"? Head over to our blog to learn more about what it means to be a part of #PlasticFreeJuly

Imperfect is perfectly fine as far as the environment is concerned and some progress is better than no progress at all! So join us in committing to Plastic Free July to do our small part in reducin…

Welcome to July! It is #PlasticFreeJuly and every week we'll give you a few tips on how you can work toward reducing you...
07/01/2021

Welcome to July! It is #PlasticFreeJuly and every week we'll give you a few tips on how you can work toward reducing your dependency on single use plastics.

First up: Making different choices and just saying NO! More than 80% of what we find in Fairfax's streams and woods and along the side of the street are single use plastics. While we disagree on how it gets there (spoiler alert--people are not the litterbugs you think they are; we are working with a very broken system of dealing with trash and litter in this country and Big Plastic/Big Manufacturing and Big Oil aren't helping) the fact is that single use plastic products are a *convenience* but not always required to survive.

Make single use plastics the exception not the rule. When you pick up take out food, *refuse* the packets of plastic forks and knives if you're just taking it home! You have utensils at home that you can wash! Bring your own bag! Even to the ABC store! Stop paying more for 16 oz of bottled water than you do for gasoline! Get a reusable bottle and fill it from your tap or at least from a 5 gallon water cooler.

You can do; we know you can.

Welcome to July! It is #PlasticFreeJuly and every week we'll give you a few tips on how you can work toward reducing your dependency on single use plastics.

First up: Making different choices and just saying NO! More than 80% of what we find in Fairfax's streams and woods and along the side of the street are single use plastics. While we disagree on how it gets there (spoiler alert--people are not the litterbugs you think they are; we are working with a very broken system of dealing with trash and litter in this country and Big Plastic/Big Manufacturing and Big Oil aren't helping) the fact is that single use plastic products are a *convenience* but not always required to survive.

Make single use plastics the exception not the rule. When you pick up take out food, *refuse* the packets of plastic forks and knives if you're just taking it home! You have utensils at home that you can wash! Bring your own bag! Even to the ABC store! Stop paying more for 16 oz of bottled water than you do for gasoline! Get a reusable bottle and fill it from your tap or at least from a 5 gallon water cooler.

You can do; we know you can.

Check out our blog to learn about what's trending (bussin) and how bottle bills are both bussin and broken.https://tinyu...
06/25/2021
Bottle Bills Be Bussin But Broken

Check out our blog to learn about what's trending (bussin) and how bottle bills are both bussin and broken.
https://tinyurl.com/4s2uu923

Bussin (definition) Know what’s trending (other than the word “bussin”)? Using recycled materials in goods. From yoga pants, to deck chairs, to plastic bottles with minimum recycled con…

Article Deep Dive Alert! Check out the link to find out more about how systems are failing people and planet.
06/23/2021
Mismanaged and Misunderstood: Trash

Article Deep Dive Alert! Check out the link to find out more about how systems are failing people and planet.

Recent news highlights plastic pollution challenges in Virginia and gives insight on the work being done, as well as what more be done. This article notes 60% to 80% of trash in Earth’s oceans come…

It's all about the money today on our news roundup! Check out our blog to learn more about pioneering efforts for the en...
06/18/2021
Big (Proposed) Budgets for the Environment

It's all about the money today on our news roundup! Check out our blog to learn more about pioneering efforts for the environment at the federal and local level.

Federal Funding The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) largest ever proposed budget, set at $11.2 billion, includes $10 million in grants for initiatives surrounding recycling innovation. The…

What's the science sitch this Wednesday, you may ask? Head over to our blog to find out!
06/16/2021
Your Daily Dose of Science

What's the science sitch this Wednesday, you may ask? Head over to our blog to find out!

Top notch greenhouse gas results post-pandemic Did you know, greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. CO₂) dropped 33% during the pandemic? According to new research, levels of carbon dioxide (a problem chil…

06/16/2021

For your information. Plus, feeding birds this time of year brings bears and when bears come to town, nothing good happens (For the bear)

The best ways to keep plastic out of the ocean are: refuse single use plastics, reduce your consumption of plastics, reu...
06/08/2021

The best ways to keep plastic out of the ocean are: refuse single use plastics, reduce your consumption of plastics, reuse your plastics, recycle your plastics and finally clean up plastics before they get to the ocean. #WorldOceanDay2021

The best ways to keep plastic out of the ocean are: refuse single use plastics, reduce your consumption of plastics, reuse your plastics, recycle your plastics and finally clean up plastics before they get to the ocean. #WorldOceanDay2021

Today is World Ocean Day. Do you know where your facemask is? #WorldOceanDay2021
06/08/2021

Today is World Ocean Day. Do you know where your facemask is? #WorldOceanDay2021

Today is World Ocean Day. Do you know where your facemask is? #WorldOceanDay2021

Today is World Ocean Day--Today is a great day to give up single use water bottles and switch to reusables! #WorldOceanD...
06/08/2021

Today is World Ocean Day--Today is a great day to give up single use water bottles and switch to reusables! #WorldOceanDay2021

Today is World Ocean Day--Today is a great day to give up single use water bottles and switch to reusables! #WorldOceanDay2021

Today's environmental news unpacks the top litter offenders by county in Virginia and an environmental disaster that cau...
06/04/2021
Plastic Disasters at Home and Afar

Today's environmental news unpacks the top litter offenders by county in Virginia and an environmental disaster that caused potentially toxic plastic beads to cover Sri Lanka beaches in plastic "snow".

Plastic Pollution in Your Backyard! Have you ever wondered what your county’s most polluted plastic product is? If you live in Fairfax County, plastic bags are the top litter offender! What’s more,…

Our friends at Virginia League of Conservation Voters  are hosting this short program on  Breaking Free From Plastic tom...
06/03/2021
PLASTICS: I Want To Break Free! · Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Our friends at Virginia League of Conservation Voters are hosting this short program on Breaking Free From Plastic tomorrow (Friday) at noon.

Did you know in 2017 consumers purchased at least a million plastic water bottles every minute? Additionally, over 500 billion plastic bags are bought annually worldwide! Some states in the US, including Virginia, have taken steps to attempt to prevent further plastic pollution. With great wins star...

Check out our blog to learn more about a local (Prince William Co.) documentation of West Nile virus and how you can bea...
06/02/2021
Bug Bites Bite…

Check out our blog to learn more about a local (Prince William Co.) documentation of West Nile virus and how you can beat a breakout in your backyard with simple, pollinator friendly solutions.

…but so do insecticides for local pollinators! According to recent news, Prince William’s County has recently found evidence of West Nile virus in local mosquitoes. The city is applying insec…

Do we know the difference between trash and treasure when it comes to making charitable donations? Check out today's new...
05/28/2021
Keep the Trash Out of the Treasure

Do we know the difference between trash and treasure when it comes to making charitable donations? Check out today's news round-up for more information on this, the Godzilla marine iguana facing new habitat challenges, and the millions of dollars being investing in research to keep plastics out of the environment!

Do we know the difference between trash and treasure? Goodwill has a message for people making donations– stop donating your trash! While it doesn’t feel great to throw away things we’ve boug…

05/26/2021
How to Clean the Bay YOUR Way

Your backyard flows to the Bay! Get involved in this year's Clean the Bay Your Way, kicking off Monday, May 31st through Saturday, June 5th. This flexible and safe event will make the Chesapeake even more beautiful by preventing and picking up litter.

On the subject of time today in environmental news, we go back in time to track plastic pollution and find less than one...
05/21/2021
Time After Time

On the subject of time today in environmental news, we go back in time to track plastic pollution and find less than one-fifth of the worlds streams are still #free (aka free-flowing).

Using science to go back in time Using museum specimens dating back to 1900, scientists recently found plastics in fish stomachs starting in 1950 and increasing with time to today. Small plastics h…

Today's environmental news looks at different environmental "wins" against plastic pollution in Virginia, New York City,...
05/20/2021
These bills are keeping it green across the United States.

Today's environmental news looks at different environmental "wins" against plastic pollution in Virginia, New York City, and Washington. Plastic bag, straws, and minimum recycled content are topics of conversation in these great articles!

Local news, first! Roanoke became the first local government in Virginia to implement a plastic bag ordinance starting January 1, 2022! According to the legislation, it aims to curb street litter, …

Congrats to City of Roanoke, Virginia - Government who beat out the heavy hitters of Northern VA, and Hampton Roads in b...
05/18/2021
Roanoke approves plastic shopping bag tax; set to take effect Jan. 1

Congrats to City of Roanoke, Virginia - Government who beat out the heavy hitters of Northern VA, and Hampton Roads in being the first municipal entity to enact the $.05 plastic bag fee.

Ok, who's next?

Effective Jan. 1, the tax levies a charge of 5 cents on grocers, convenience stores and drug stores for each plastic shopping bag provided for consumer use.

Today's swimmingly sweet environmental news features HUNDREDS of rescued turtles and why seals swim so silly.
05/15/2021
Swimmingly Sweet Surprises

Today's swimmingly sweet environmental news features HUNDREDS of rescued turtles and why seals swim so silly.

Rescued turtles alert! 826 turtles, to be exact! These diamondback terrapin hatchlings were rescued from a storm drain in Jersey Shore by a group from Stockton University. Rescuers were looking for…

Today's environmental news round-up includes topics like the Colonial Pipeline shutdown as well as current threats to ai...
05/12/2021
We’ve got it all, and we’re *fine*

Today's environmental news round-up includes topics like the Colonial Pipeline shutdown as well as current threats to air quality. Check out our blog for more details and links to some great articles!

Mo Pipeline, Mo Problems The Biden administration urges Americans not to hoard gasoline, following the ransomware attack that caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down. Gasoline shortages have hit …

It's kind of a big deal! Head over to our blog to read about some big environmental news. From plastics in rocks to coff...
05/07/2021
Big (deal) News: a new level of plastic pollution and coming to a coffee catastrophe

It's kind of a big deal! Head over to our blog to read about some big environmental news. From plastics in rocks to coffee's race against time, we cover some interesting articles on this week's environmental news round-up.

Long Time, Still See: plastic rocks in the geologic record Scientists have recently found plastics in a deep-sea submarine trenches in the South China Sea. They have begun to investigate how plasti…

Small (scale) news today on our blog! Small things can have an incredible impact on the environment. From cicadas, to fe...
05/05/2021
Small (scale) News: Cicadas, Beads, and Cool Composting

Small (scale) news today on our blog! Small things can have an incredible impact on the environment. From cicadas, to fertilizer beads, to local, community composting initiatives, head over to our website to learn more.

Return of the Cicadas Are you worried this spring? While some people are worried about cicadas taking over their gardens, others are excited for top water fishing to start in order to take advantag…

05/01/2021

The systems and infrastructure that were put in place when the county was starting to get built up have been broken for a long time and this is one of those systems.

All of this in Little Hunting Creek isn't the result of people throwing plastic bottles out of their car windows it is overflow from dumpsters, it is plastic bags being set out instead of trash and recycling being put in cans or dumpsters, it is not enough pick up from haulers from apartment buildings and townhouses, it is commercial properties not getting enough capacity for the amount of trash and recycling that they generate. And then we get a big wind and a rainstorm like last night, and all of that stuff blows across parking lots and streets and into storm drains and right into places like Little Hunting Creek.

We spend a lot of time debunking the myth that litter is done by people who don't care about their community and we can say that definitely cigarette butt litter is one of those things but this kind of overwhelming plastic pollution is a product of broken systems.

Balloons aren't friends to wildlife, because they look like food! Check out today's news roundup over at our blog to lea...
04/28/2021
CELEBRATE Green Times… Come On!

Balloons aren't friends to wildlife, because they look like food! Check out today's news roundup over at our blog to learn more about balloons in the news-- from a wholesome story about Santa, to recent Virginia legislation-- and how to celebrate GREEN this spring without these nuisances.

Can a Story About Litter Be Lovable? This wholesome news about two little girls receiving a response to their letters to Santa sent via balloon demonstrates unintended consequences of balloon relea…

We had a great time at our first annual Earth Daze event at Aslin Beer Company last Saturday and it was awesome to see o...
04/27/2021

We had a great time at our first annual Earth Daze event at Aslin Beer Company last Saturday and it was awesome to see over 700 of you out over the course of the day! We have some big plans for next year already! If you haven't picked up your case of Earth Daze beer, we think they still have some left at both the Tap Rooms!

We also had a small but mighty #EarthDay2021 cleanup last week with our friends from Covanta and We Sell Events and just a handful of us picked up over 33 bags of trash plus almost 100 lbs of metal and glass and stuff that didn't fit into bags at a really small stretch of a stream behind just one shopping center in Tysons.

We love that so many people head out on Earth Day to do a cleanup but we'd love for you to continue to apply (every day!) pressure to elected officials and corporations to take responsibility for the plastic pollution problem. Because we haven't solved it in the 36 years of cleanups that Clean Fairfax has supported, so it is time to add some new ammunition to our arsenal.

Let's get that $.05 bag fee implemented in Northern VA municipalities for starters.

Thank you Rare Bird Coffee Roasters for partnering with us for Earth Daze!The Rare Bird Coffee Roasters team will be on-...
04/23/2021

Thank you Rare Bird Coffee Roasters for partnering with us for Earth Daze!

The Rare Bird Coffee Roasters team will be on-site serving freshly brewed coffee using beans sourced from sustainable and fairly compensated farmers!

#EarthDaze #RareBirdCoffee #Sustainability #EarthDaze

Thank you Rare Bird Coffee Roasters for partnering with us for Earth Daze!

The Rare Bird Coffee Roasters team will be on-site serving freshly brewed coffee using beans sourced from sustainable and fairly compensated farmers!

#EarthDaze #RareBirdCoffee #Sustainability #EarthDaze

Hey there! Meet Emily, a new addition to the Clean Fairfax team. Find out more about our new Clean Streams Coordinator o...
04/23/2021
Rogue, One Scientist

Hey there! Meet Emily, a new addition to the Clean Fairfax team. Find out more about our new Clean Streams Coordinator over at our blog!

I am beyond excited to join Clean Fairfax as the new Clean Streams Coordinator! I recently moved to the area with my husband, Luke, and our dog, Harvey, and we relocated from the island of Oahu, Ha…

Check out our most recent news round up over at our blog! We cover different examples of pollution in the environment an...
04/23/2021
No Solutions to Pollution This Earth Day

Check out our most recent news round up over at our blog! We cover different examples of pollution in the environment and how the White House kicked off a Summit on Climate yesterday.

  Salty about pollution this Earth Day: Salt– we love it in our food and we need it on the roads during winter for safety. But how much salt is too much? Local ecosystems are inundated w…

The Earth Day festivities don't end today! Make sure to stop by Aslin Beer Company this Saturday for Earth Daze! We will...
04/22/2021

The Earth Day festivities don't end today! Make sure to stop by Aslin Beer Company this Saturday for Earth Daze!

We will be hosting an AMA on all things environmental and have some great vendors that are working hard to do their part to keep Fairfax County sustainable!

Thank you to all of our event sponsors for making Earth Daze possible! Stohlman Subaru of Sterling, Covanta, Unique Thrift Store, Green Lizard Cycling, LLC, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, Visit Fairfax, Studio One Printing and We Sell Events!

#EarthDay #Sustainability #EarthDaze #ThinkGreen #Events

The Earth Day festivities don't end today! Make sure to stop by Aslin Beer Company this Saturday for Earth Daze!

We will be hosting an AMA on all things environmental and have some great vendors that are working hard to do their part to keep Fairfax County sustainable!

Thank you to all of our event sponsors for making Earth Daze possible! Stohlman Subaru of Sterling, Covanta, Unique Thrift Store, Green Lizard Cycling, LLC, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, Visit Fairfax, Studio One Printing and We Sell Events!

#EarthDay #Sustainability #EarthDaze #ThinkGreen #Events

Enjoy #EarthDay2021 Be on the lookout for corporate greenwashing and support legislation at all levels of government tha...
04/22/2021

Enjoy #EarthDay2021

Be on the lookout for corporate greenwashing and support legislation at all levels of government that strengthen environmental protections and hold polluters to account on the other 364 days of the year.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the pollution.

Enjoy #EarthDay2021

Be on the lookout for corporate greenwashing and support legislation at all levels of government that strengthen environmental protections and hold polluters to account on the other 364 days of the year.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the pollution.

Thank you Covanta for partnering with us for Earth Daze!Make sure to stop by their exhibit space and learn more about ho...
04/21/2021

Thank you Covanta for partnering with us for Earth Daze!

Make sure to stop by their exhibit space and learn more about how Covanta is Powering Today, Protecting Tomorrow with waste to energy. Waste to Energy reduces Green House Gases and recovers valuable materials for recycling by diverting waste from landfills. They will have some great sustainable give-aways that you will not want to miss.

#EarthDaze #Covanta #ZeroWaste #EarthDay #Sustainability

Thank you Covanta for partnering with us for Earth Daze!

Make sure to stop by their exhibit space and learn more about how Covanta is Powering Today, Protecting Tomorrow with waste to energy. Waste to Energy reduces Green House Gases and recovers valuable materials for recycling by diverting waste from landfills. They will have some great sustainable give-aways that you will not want to miss.

#EarthDaze #Covanta #ZeroWaste #EarthDay #Sustainability

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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.