City of Fairfax Sustainability

City of Fairfax Sustainability The Environmental Sustainability Committee envisions an environmentally sustainable City of Fairfax that supports the well being of its residents and businesses.
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The City of Fairfax is dedicated to preserving the resources of our built and natural environment and to ensure our community has clean air and water, safe and healthy neighborhoods, a resilient economy, and access to housing and transportation choices. The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) is committed to guiding the City of Fairfax to become an environmentally sustainable “green city.” This requires resource conservation and the efficient use of resources in all areas, including reducing the use of non–renewable resources as well as developing and using renewable resources. To accomplish these goals, the ESC will identify and recommend programs and policies that will engage residents and businesses in the creation of a sustainable city.

Glass recycling is back! 💜 Purple recycling bins are available again  at locations throughout Fairfax County (including ...
05/11/2020

Glass recycling is back! 💜 Purple recycling bins are available again at locations throughout Fairfax County (including the City's container at 10700 Page Avenue).

Please follow social distancing guidelines if other residents are at a location, too. City of Fairfax

Happy Arbor Day! 🌳🌴🌲 Show your love and appreciation for trees this weekend and spend time outside, plant a tree or lear...
04/24/2020

Happy Arbor Day! 🌳🌴🌲 Show your love and appreciation for trees this weekend and spend time outside, plant a tree or learn something new!

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate the Earth this week by challenging yourself to get 5 in a row in Earth Day Bingo! 🌳💙🌎💚For a p...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate the Earth this week by challenging yourself to get 5 in a row in Earth Day Bingo! 🌳💙🌎💚
For a print friendly version: http://ow.ly/Z8cH50zheq2

Need something fun to do while out and about this week.... check out this awesome photo contest!
04/13/2020
Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)

Need something fun to do while out and about this week.... check out this awesome photo contest!

The VASWCD is committed to conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs and we want to see it through your eyes. In celebration of Earth’s Day 50th Anniversary, our 2020 Photo Contest theme is “Earth Day Everyday.” Capture those vibrant moments and express what earth day everyday looks like to you! The contest is open from March 1 – July 31, 2020. To learn more about the contest head over to our website https://vaswcd.org/photocontest

Spring cleaning is in the air! Please keep in mind not to overwhelm the system and reduce the amount of waste your produ...
04/12/2020

Spring cleaning is in the air! Please keep in mind not to overwhelm the system and reduce the amount of waste your produce by continually recycling.

Keep your recyclables loose in the bin!

Happy Easter! Don't forget the City of Fairfax Composting Center is still open while practicing social distancing. Drop ...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter! Don't forget the City of Fairfax Composting Center is still open while practicing social distancing. Drop off your eggcellent🥚 creations anytime.

#compostfairfaxcity #eggcellent

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020 the Property Yard Recycling Center will be closed permanently. The recycling facilities ...
04/02/2020

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020 the Property Yard Recycling Center will be closed permanently. The recycling facilities at the I-66 transfer station and the I-95 landfill complex are open and can be used for free by Fairfax City residents.

Keep your family, friends and our staff safe! Check out these tips to follow:
04/02/2020

Keep your family, friends and our staff safe! Check out these tips to follow:

For the health and safety of our participants and workers, we are temporarily suspending our glass recycling program. Re...
03/31/2020

For the health and safety of our participants and workers, we are temporarily suspending our glass recycling program.

Residents can still drop off their glass at the purple bins that are still open at the I-66 transfer station on 4618 W Ox Rd and the I-95 landfill complex on 9850 Furnace Road.

While it is still ok to put glass in the blue recycling bin, dropping off your glass at the open purple cans is the best way to ensure the glass will be recycled in the most sustainable way.

For more information check out: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/news/solid-waste-operational-changes-protect-front-line-workers

Fairfax County Environment
03/27/2020
Fairfax County Environment

Fairfax County Environment

The Solid Waste Management Program is changing collection requirements for trash and recycling haulers and changing service levels at our two disposal sites. This includes the glass recycling program.

These changes will remain in effect until the public health emergency passes. Please read and share. Thanks.

Fairfax County Government

Got some time to clean out your house lately... Recycle right by keeping items loose in the bin!Placing recyclables in p...
03/25/2020

Got some time to clean out your house lately...
Recycle right by keeping items loose in the bin!

Placing recyclables in plastic bags clogs the recycling machinery and oftentimes gets thrown out instead. To ensure your recyclables gets sorted, keep it loose in the bin. Check out this video for more information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwuBfgvfUC4

Dropping off hazardous waste and littering around the Purple Cans can harm the environment and the program. Make sure to...
03/04/2020

Dropping off hazardous waste and littering around the Purple Cans can harm the environment and the program. Make sure to only drop off glass inside the Purple Cans.

Hazardous waste can be taken to the I-66 transfer station or propane containers can be reused!

Check out an awesome article in the March 2020 Cityscene about our new Purple Can Club Program! #recycleright #livelifec...
03/02/2020

Check out an awesome article in the March 2020 Cityscene about our new Purple Can Club Program! #recycleright #livelifeconnected

The March 2020 Cityscene is available at fairfaxva.gov/cityscene. Thank you for reading the Cityscene.

Thanks for providing this service to City residents! Glad to see local businesses recycling right! #recycleright #liveli...
03/02/2020

Thanks for providing this service to City residents! Glad to see local businesses recycling right! #recycleright #livelifeconnected

We're thrilled to report that your donations of holiday string lights have made their way to our recycler. Thank you for bringing in so many of your old lights and keeping them out of the trash can! ♻️ 🎄
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#shopsmall #shoplocal #recycle #sustainability #mylocalace

Send love to the environment this Valentines Day ❤️Compost your cut flowers, chocolate covered strawberry tops and any f...
02/14/2020

Send love to the environment this Valentines Day ❤️

Compost your cut flowers, chocolate covered strawberry tops and any food scraps at the composting center 🌹 🍓

Recycle any wine or champagne bottles at the NEW purple can glass drop off container on 10700 Page Ave 🍾

Fairfax City residents are invited to recycle glass at the purple container now available at 10700 Page Ave. Fairfax Cit...
02/07/2020

Fairfax City residents are invited to recycle glass at the purple container now available at 10700 Page Ave. Fairfax City recycling crews will continue to collect glass curbside, until further notice. City residents also may use all purple containers throughout Fairfax County.

We joined the purple can club! Drop off your glass products any time at the purple can located at Judicial Drive. This r...
02/06/2020

We joined the purple can club!

Drop off your glass products any time at the purple can located at Judicial Drive.

This region wide initative is recycling your glass products into sand and gravel for local construction projects or new glass products! This is the most sustainable way to recycle you glass so make sure to check it out! #werecrushingit

Good news! City of Fairfax Government has joined the Purple Can Club! A purple, glass-only recycling container is now available at the William J. Burkholder Administrative Center, located at 10700 Page Avenue, Fairfax. With your help, we've collected five million pounds of glass so far. Thank you for helping us improve glass recycling in Northern Virginia. Keep crushing it!

Help make 2020 the most sustainable year yet! Leave in the comments below your sustainable new years resolutions 🎆🎇
12/31/2019

Help make 2020 the most sustainable year yet! Leave in the comments below your sustainable new years resolutions 🎆🎇

Don't throw away that old and stale gingerbread house, COMPOST IT at the City of Fairfax Compost Center! Open 24 hours d...
12/27/2019

Don't throw away that old and stale gingerbread house, COMPOST IT at the City of Fairfax Compost Center! Open 24 hours during the holiday season. #CompostFairfaxCity #sustainablenewyear

We wish you a wonderful and sustainable holiday season, may you days be filled with cheer and eco-friendly ideas.
12/25/2019

We wish you a wonderful and sustainable holiday season, may you days be filled with cheer and eco-friendly ideas.

Thank gourdness it’s no longer pumpkin season….keep bringing your food scraps over to the 24 hour composting center! Tha...
12/23/2019

Thank gourdness it’s no longer pumpkin season….keep bringing your food scraps over to the 24 hour composting center! That gingerbread house that’s been sitting out for weeks, the fruit cake no one wants...yeah you can compost that!

Baby it’s getting cold outside, and you snow the drill, it’s time to crank up the heat. Make sure your home is energy ef...
12/22/2019

Baby it’s getting cold outside, and you snow the drill, it’s time to crank up the heat. Make sure your home is energy efficient with this discounted service offered by LEAP: https://energysmarthomesva.org

Don’t know what to do with those dead holiday lights. Bring them over to Twins Ace hardware to recycling them! Follow ou...
12/21/2019

Don’t know what to do with those dead holiday lights. Bring them over to Twins Ace hardware to recycling them!

Follow our friends at Twins Ace Hardware to stay up to date on all their recycling efforts:
facebook.com/twinsacehardware
instagram.com/twinsace
twinsacehardware.com

It’s sleighing the shelves this year and everyone is rocking reusable bags. Continue the trend when out holiday shopping...
12/18/2019

It’s sleighing the shelves this year and everyone is rocking reusable bags. Continue the trend when out holiday shopping this year!

It’s the most wonderful time of year to actually send and receive letters again, but that doesn’t me you can’t be eco-fr...
12/17/2019

It’s the most wonderful time of year to actually send and receive letters again, but that doesn’t me you can’t be eco-friendly. Check out these ideas:

You’re decorations are tree-mendous, but save energy by turning off your lights when you leave your home or go to bed!
12/15/2019

You’re decorations are tree-mendous, but save energy by turning off your lights when you leave your home or go to bed!

Tis' the holiday seasons, and everything is merry, and bright, but remember to think about the environment too. Check ou...
12/13/2019

Tis' the holiday seasons, and everything is merry, and bright, but remember to think about the environment too. Check out our 12 days of City Sustainability daily to make your holidays more sustainable!

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