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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.

PLEASE! Kill your lawn (but not with chemicals!) or at least part of it. Our eco-system, all our fruits and vegetables, ...
02/25/2020
Please kill your lawn

PLEASE! Kill your lawn (but not with chemicals!) or at least part of it. Our eco-system, all our fruits and vegetables, the wildlife, and our health will thank you.

We are heading for an insect apocalypse, which would spell disaster for humankind. It's time we turn our lawns back into productive plant communities.

The 2020 Virginia General Assembly is almost over and there are two great litter tax bills that will be heard tomorrow m...
02/24/2020
Litter Tax Bills on the Docket!

The 2020 Virginia General Assembly is almost over and there are two great litter tax bills that will be heard tomorrow morning! Call, email, and tweet your senators and let them know you support litter legislation!

We’ve entered completely new territory at Litter Free Virginia- We have bills alive at the end of the General Assembly! Tomorrow morning is our last push, with two litter tax bills being heard before the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee. If these two bills pass through the committee tomor...

The fewest Toxic Superfund Cleanups in 30 years. It isn't like this is necessary for public health or anything, right?
02/24/2020
Toxic Superfund Cleanups Drop to 30-Year Low Under Trump

The fewest Toxic Superfund Cleanups in 30 years. It isn't like this is necessary for public health or anything, right?

The government wrapped up cleanups at six Superfund sites in the 2019 budget year, the fewest since 1986

Buy with purpose and wear your clothes until you can’t- then recycle them!
02/21/2020
The Myth Of Sustainable Fashion

Buy with purpose and wear your clothes until you can’t- then recycle them!

While brands make environmental pledges, they continue to try and sell as much as possible. But some fashion companies are trying to do it differently.

Did you know that one of the most common types of litter found in our waterways are plastic bags? We need legislation an...
02/19/2020

Did you know that one of the most common types of litter found in our waterways are plastic bags? We need legislation and we need businesses to reduce waste generation, but you can make a difference too! Remember to bring out your reusable bags today and refuse single-use plastics.

You can find reusable bags on our shop: www.cleanfairfax.org/shop/

02/18/2020

In Norway, bottles must be made of recycled plastic AND returned/recycled. They have a 97% recycling rate to the US' ~28%. They also don't have an unlimited number of plastic containers that consumers and haulers have to deal with. If you want to fix plastics recycling in the US, limit the number available for use, and require their safe return for recycling and reuse. It isn't impossible.

Unless these "Community Clean Up Days" will range for 100s of miles beyond Clemson's sphere of influence, and they are u...
02/17/2020
Clemson University student starts petition to bring back balloon release tradition

Unless these "Community Clean Up Days" will range for 100s of miles beyond Clemson's sphere of influence, and they are using tissue paper balloons that disintegrate in three seconds, and no string or ribbon of any kind, and not using helium (a finite resource that has more important applications in hospitals) then we recommend they stay on the right side of the environment and not bring balloon releases back.

University ended football game balloon releases in 2017, biology professor worries ceremony return could have drawbacks

Clean Fairfax, We Sell Events and Aslin Beer Company are teaming up to bring you Earth Daze, a celebration of all the co...
02/16/2020

Clean Fairfax, We Sell Events and Aslin Beer Company are teaming up to bring you Earth Daze, a celebration of all the cool things that come from this planet we're working so hard to protect. And if you do that kind of work too (non-profit, food vendor or business,) we'd love to have you with us, but our space is limited so get your application in early so we can look it over! Fill out the form here! https://forms.gle/q8ke9v3NZstbv3VS6

Bottle bills work but only 10 US states have these policies in place. This would be a great policy to spread!
02/14/2020
Victoria will get cash-for-cans, container deposit scheme

Bottle bills work but only 10 US states have these policies in place. This would be a great policy to spread!

A cash-for-cans and bottles scheme to combat Victoria's recycling and waste crisis will be introduced by the state government.

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

We just passed the halfway point of the Virginia General Assembly and there are some great plastic bag and anti-litter b...
02/13/2020
Litter Update- Crossover Edition

We just passed the halfway point of the Virginia General Assembly and there are some great plastic bag and anti-litter bills alive! Here's a quick update on what's happening!

We’ve made it to the halfway point of the 2020 General Assembly which means all bills that survived have swapped chambers. There are still several plastic bag and litter bills alive! So what happens next is some mysterious game of Red Rover Red Rover, send this or that bill over. We think. Actuall...

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.

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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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