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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.

Reduce plastic pollution by producing less plastic. Refillable options work!
02/12/2020
10% increase in refillables can reduce ocean PET plastic pollution by 7.6 billion bottles

Reduce plastic pollution by producing less plastic. Refillable options work!

Oceana released a report finding that the beverage industry could decrease marine plastic pollution by 4.5 billion to 7.6 billion bottles each year, a 22% decrease, by increasing the volume of soft drinks and water sold in refillable bottles by just 10% (in place of single-use throwaway PET bottles)...

Are you part of an HOA that is looking for better ways to support our natural environment? Or are you living within an H...
02/12/2020
Symposiums for HOA and Condo Assoc's | pnnjan18v1

Are you part of an HOA that is looking for better ways to support our natural environment? Or are you living within an HOA that could do a better job and you'd like to bring that information to them? Then this is a symposium for you! Friday, March 6, 2020

NVCC Annandale campus

Is your community association board dealing with erosion or flooding problems? Is your property management company paying to maintain a lot of lawn that is not being used? Is your landscaping committee looking for ways to beautify community property while supporting birds and butterflies?

Show your love for the planet! The holidays have a tremendous impact on the environment, such as consumption of natural ...
02/12/2020

Show your love for the planet! The holidays have a tremendous impact on the environment, such as consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. Here are some tips to help you go green for Valentine’s Day!

You can find gift ideas on our shop: www.cleanfairfax.org/shop/

Bumbles are important pollinators! Let's do what we can to support them.  Would you come learn about pollinator gardens ...
02/11/2020
Bumblebees are going extinct in a time of ‘climate chaos’

Bumbles are important pollinators! Let's do what we can to support them. Would you come learn about pollinator gardens and built your own small pollinator garden at our Earth Daze event on April 26? We'll have the workshop signups available soon!

Loss of the vital pollinators, due in part to temperature extremes and fluctuations, could have dire consequences for ecosystems and agriculture.

Legislation to curb single use plastics continues to spread around the globe. As the Virginia General Assembly reaches t...
02/07/2020
Tunisia to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and chemists

Legislation to curb single use plastics continues to spread around the globe. As the Virginia General Assembly reaches the halfway point there are still single use plastic bills alive and well!

Gradual phaseout will begin in March as part of government plan to outlaw all single-use bags by 2021

Clean Fairfax is looking for a part time person to join our small but dynamic and action-packed organization!   These pi...
02/07/2020

Clean Fairfax is looking for a part time person to join our small but dynamic and action-packed organization! These pictures bum you out--join us and help us do something about it. We're looking for a part time person to help us plan events and cleanups, organize our social media, build our on-line presence (including helping start what is surely going to be our award-winning podcast and video series on sustainability) and be an extra pair of hands for whatever we need! Check out the job listing here https://ideali.st/RDYNAm . Deadline to apply is February 14th!

While this article is almost 2 years old, the fact is that consumers will pay a premium for products created in a sustai...
02/06/2020
Good News For 'Green' Brews: Consumers Say They'll Pay More For Sustainable Beer

While this article is almost 2 years old, the fact is that consumers will pay a premium for products created in a sustainable way, by companies that invest in sustainable practices.

More than 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they would pay about $1.30 more for a six-pack of beer if it was produced at a brewery that invests in water conservation or solar power.

More plastic is incinerated than recycled. We need policies in place to stop the spread of plastics into our communities...
02/05/2020
Even If World Reuses 50% Plastics, It Won't Be Enough, Says Jefferies

More plastic is incinerated than recycled. We need policies in place to stop the spread of plastics into our communities and waterways.

Even if countries aggressively tighten regulations, the planet will still struggle to recycle 50% of its plastic waste in 10 years time, according to a report from Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Happy #LessWasteWednesday! The idea here is to make simple changes, so that you can easily adapt them into your routine....
02/05/2020

Happy #LessWasteWednesday!

The idea here is to make simple changes, so that you can easily adapt them into your routine. #Sustainability #Refuse #Reuse #Recycle

You can find eco-friendly products on our shop: www.cleanfairfax.org/shop

Save The Date for the First Annual Earth Daze! Join Clean Fairfax and Aslin Beer Company for a celebration of 35 Years o...
02/05/2020

Save The Date for the First Annual Earth Daze!

Join Clean Fairfax and Aslin Beer Company for a celebration of 35 Years of Clean Fairfax and 50 Years of Earth Day! Beer, Wine, Cider tastings, Environmental Workshops, Sustainable Vendors, and more. April 26, 12-6 pm.

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Legislative Update! Crossover is coming!  Crossover is when the House and the Senate in VA trade all the bills they've v...
02/04/2020
Crossover is Coming!

Legislative Update! Crossover is coming! Crossover is when the House and the Senate in VA trade all the bills they've voted out of committee to try to get a single batch of bills they can eventually send on to the Governor for signature!

Vivian Watts (Chair)                                                        (804) 698-1039 [email protected]   Mark Keam (VC)                                                      ...

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Or looking for volunteers for an event or a cleanup? We will post courtesy ...
02/01/2020

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Or looking for volunteers for an event or a cleanup? We will post courtesy listings for volunteers if you fill out a form posted on our website! Our first opportunity this spring comes from Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg--they are looking for field trip volunteers--more information can be found here http://www.cleanfairfax.org/volunteer-opportunities/

Virginia has a realistic chance to pass legislation that will help stop the flow of single use plastics. Several single ...
01/31/2020
The Latest Plastic Bag Laws and Maps

Virginia has a realistic chance to pass legislation that will help stop the flow of single use plastics. Several single use plastic reduction bills have made it out of subcommittees at the General Assembly! We can’t wait to see Virginia on this list!

Surfrider Foundation has increasingly been part of local and state bag laws over the years to help reduce a top form of single-use plastic pollution. PlasticBagLaws.org has updated their bag maps and fact sheet. There are 471 local plastic bag ordinances that have been adopted in 28 states, which me...

This is really pretty disgusting. I am a big fan of coke and those of you who have heard one of my talks know I've strug...
01/31/2020
Coca-Cola won't go plastic-free in order to 'accommodate consumers'

This is really pretty disgusting. I am a big fan of coke and those of you who have heard one of my talks know I've struggled with getting rid of these plastic Coke bottles, but now I have to. I got some cola syrup and my Soda Stream at the office and will try to make my own cola in my reusable glass/cup. I'll still get soda in cans but it probably won't be Coke. And I'm going to write and tell them that.

The company’s head of sustainability said customers like the lightweight plastic bottle, despite its challenges in the environment.

We're getting close to Crossover (thankfully!) and a bunch of important bills will be discussed in Richmond on Friday, i...
01/30/2020
Trash Talk Friday

We're getting close to Crossover (thankfully!) and a bunch of important bills will be discussed in Richmond on Friday, including one that would repeal the Litter Tax (which funds most of the litter programs in the Commonwealth including Clean Fairfax) and others. To find out about the 5 bills in the House FInance Committee #3, check out our email blast and CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

This Friday, January 31 at 7:30 am in House room 1 of the Capitol, the House Finance Committee- Subcommittee #3 will be hearing three bills that are focused on the state litter tax. Two of these bills would be a great step for Virginia, the third would be a disaster. HB 1154 Increases the annual li...

You might pack a healthy lunch but is it a waste free lunch? Rethinking the way you pack and store food will help reduce...
01/29/2020

You might pack a healthy lunch but is it a waste free lunch? Rethinking the way you pack and store food will help reduce the amount of #waste that end up in #landfills.

Here are some reasons why you should ditch the plastic and start packing in reusable containers!

You can find #reusable food containers, utensils, and drinkware on our shop: www.cleanfairfax.org/shop/

#refuse #reuse #recycle #sustainability

You know we're lagging behind when terror groups are better environmentalists than we are. How embarrassing.
01/29/2020
Al Shabaab terror group bans single-use plastic bags

You know we're lagging behind when terror groups are better environmentalists than we are. How embarrassing.

The Islamist group, which has long had an interest in the environment, also announced a ban on the logging of rare trees.

Tomorrow morning the Natural Resources Sub-Committee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committe...
01/28/2020
Newsletter

Tomorrow morning the Natural Resources Sub-Committee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee will hear HB 507 to prohibit the intentional release of balloons. Visit Litter Free Virginia to sign up for our email alerts that let you know when bills are moving and how best to contact elected officials to make your voice heard!

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Here at Clean Fairfax we're not ashamed to say we unabashedly love some of our colleagues who are doing the important wo...
01/28/2020
Meet Mr. Trash Wheel: Baltimore Harbor's Googly Eyed Garbage Gobbler

Here at Clean Fairfax we're not ashamed to say we unabashedly love some of our colleagues who are doing the important work of keeping our water and air clean. One of those colleagues is Mr Trash Wheel, in Baltimore.

Maryland lawmakers recently became the first in the U.S. to approve a statewide ban on Styrofoam food containers — and a local Baltimore celebrity may have had something to do with it.

Jenny-Jinya
01/27/2020

Jenny-Jinya

Short comic, while I work on something bigger on the side.
It is nevertheless a very important topic. A lot of seabirds die because they eat plastic. They feed their chicks with the waste. It's really tragic.

"Don’t allow such retail actions to distract from the need to place most of the blame where it belongs, on the much larg...
01/27/2020
Let'em Litter? What Is the Right Role for Individuals?

"Don’t allow such retail actions to distract from the need to place most of the blame where it belongs, on the much larger systemic wholesale entities that are responsible, namely corporate and government policy where change is way overdue. " (but you can still do your part- Jen)

Personal responsibility is important; corporate responsibility, even more.

Movie theatres definitely can figure out ways to be less wasteful.
01/24/2020
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How Movie Theaters Are Cutting Down on Waste - Boxoffice

Movie theatres definitely can figure out ways to be less wasteful.

by Rebecca Pahle and Vassiliki Malouchou Small theaters and large, dine-in theaters or traditional concessions—movie theaters generate a ton of waste. We’re talking popcorn buckets, soda cups, plastic straws, and candy boxes —front-of-house items, or those used by consumers—but also back-of-...

This is why it is so important to contact your elected officials and let them know you support legislation to stop the s...
01/23/2020
Plastic bags have lobbyists. They're winning.

This is why it is so important to contact your elected officials and let them know you support legislation to stop the spread of single use plastic bags!

Eight states ban the bag, but nearly twice as many have laws protecting them.

If they can do it at the Super Bowl, you can do it at home. And at the office, church and school.
01/23/2020
Super Bowl LIV Will Use Recyclable Aluminum Cups for the Big Game

If they can do it at the Super Bowl, you can do it at home. And at the office, church and school.

Centerplate, Ball Corporation and Bud Light today announced an agreement to bring Ball's infinitely recyclable aluminum cups to guests at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020.

The best way to avoid eating freeze dried meals during your adventures is having a plan and prepping your food in reusab...
01/22/2020
Why Aren't More Backcountry Foods Packaged Sustainably?

The best way to avoid eating freeze dried meals during your adventures is having a plan and prepping your food in reusable containers!

It's going to take a lot more work to move from plastic to compostable packaging

While you might be on the journey to a less waste lifestyle, your office might not! Here are some easy office waste redu...
01/22/2020

While you might be on the journey to a less waste lifestyle, your office might not! Here are some easy office waste reduction tips.

Share your thoughts and experiences with us! What are some ways your office reduces waste? What kind of changes do you want to see in your workplace?

www.cleanfairfax.org/shop/

Nestlé has a long way to go to dig itself out of the hole, but this is part of a start.
01/21/2020
Nestlé is spending billions to create a market for recycled plastics

Nestlé has a long way to go to dig itself out of the hole, but this is part of a start.

Food companies trying to reduce their consumption of plastic have a big problem — it's hard to find suitable recycled material. Nestlé says it's willing to spend more than $2 billion to try and fix that.

Legislative Update: There's lots to report but the bills from last week are now on the docket for Monday and it may be a...
01/18/2020
Litter Legislation Continues!

Legislative Update: There's lots to report but the bills from last week are now on the docket for Monday and it may be a bit of a mess down there Monday so do email your legislator, and/or the members of the Local Government Committee. We've also added information on a new bill that we are NOT in favor of which would eliminate the Litter Fund which is how Clean Fairfax is funded (spoiler alert--we're not funded by Fairfax County Government) so if you think there's still work for us to do, you might want to check it out and raise your voice against it.

The 2020 General Assembly is in full swing and litter legislation is a hot topic! The three bills we told you about last week were pushed to Monday, January 20th. There is still time to call members of the Senate Committee on Local Government! Stay tuned as bills get added to committee dockets- w...

Litter legislation is a hot topic at the General Assembly, follow along with Litter Free Virginia to stay up to date!
01/16/2020
Legislation Tracker

Litter legislation is a hot topic at the General Assembly, follow along with Litter Free Virginia to stay up to date!

Let’s add Virginia to the list! Call your elected officials and tell them you support legislation to stop the spread of ...
01/15/2020
Maine passes the U.S.'s first state ban on foam food packaging

Let’s add Virginia to the list! Call your elected officials and tell them you support legislation to stop the spread of single use plastics!

The state joins several U.S. cities and counties in restricting the containers in an effort to reduce waste.

01/15/2020

We are looking for a few good interns this spring semester! If you know of a super brilliant HS student who has after school availability or a college student (local!) looking for a paid opportunity--have them click though and send in their credentials

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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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