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City of Fairfax Sustainability The Environmental Sustainability Committee envisions an environmentally sustainable City of Fairfax 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 recomme

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 recomme

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Are you passionate about trees, #urbanforest and supporting the local environment? Are you a certified arborist? Come jo...
04/20/2022

Are you passionate about trees, #urbanforest and supporting the local environment? Are you a certified arborist? Come join our team! We're #hiring!

The Community Development & Planning Department is hiring an Urban Forester to oversee the development and ongoing implementation of an urban forest management plan, tree care and plantings, plan and permit review, and community outreach and education.

Interested in applying or learning more, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxva/jobs/3517740/urban-forester?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Amazing work done by our residents and Environmental Sustainability Committee! 🦋🌷🌞
04/14/2022

Amazing work done by our residents and Environmental Sustainability Committee! 🦋🌷🌞

Monarchs matter.

Last night, the city presented a proclamation on its commitment to the Mayor's Monarch Pledge in recognition of the importance of saving Monarch butterflies, with Benjamin LeBron, Environmental Sustainability Committee vice chair. City of Fairfax Sustainability

Beginning April 1, residents are no longer allowed to place glass in curbside recycling. Residents should reuse glass co...
03/25/2022

Beginning April 1, residents are no longer allowed to place glass in curbside recycling. Residents should reuse glass containers or bring them to one of the Purple Can Club glass-only drop-off containers located throughout the region, or dispose of glass in the trash.

Find a Purple Can near you (there is probably even one on your route): https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1lIVbhj5-z6Zs1rLfCXQZX7Pk1K0EIDEf&ll=38.57917864420891%2C-77.3313187918466&z=9

To learn more about glass recycling in Fairfax City visit www.fairfaxva.gov/purplecan or view this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aEXpFU2mPQ

Thanks to our Environmental Sustainability Committee, Fairfax City Parks and Recreation  and over 50 amazing volunteers,...
03/03/2022
Invasive Plants in Providence Park

Thanks to our Environmental Sustainability Committee, Fairfax City Parks and Recreation and over 50 amazing volunteers, over 300 pounds of invasive English Ivy was removed from Providence Park!

On February 26, a group of almost 50 volunteers helped our Parks department remove invasive English Ivy at Providence Park.For information on volunteering, v...

Fairfax City residents who receive curbside collection services of yard waste will no longer be allowed to use plastic b...
03/01/2022

Fairfax City residents who receive curbside collection services of yard waste will no longer be allowed to use plastic bags for yard waste collection.

Prohibiting the use of plastic bags for yard waste will reduce plastic pollution in the city. When yard waste is collected in plastic bags, shreds of plastic get mixed into the composting process. It is very difficult to entirely remove plastic shreds from the final product. Plastic in the compost, even in small amounts, reduces the quality of the compost and provides a pathway for the plastic to get into our environment. The shredded plastic bags become part of the compost that we use in our yards and gardens, and the micro-plastics can end up in local streams, negatively affecting water quality.

The city plans to begin enforcement on March 1, 2022. At that time, yard waste that is set out in plastic bags will be identified with a red tag to notify the occupant of the violation and the material will be left on the curb.

For more information, visit www.fairfaxva.gov/recycling

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️🌎🌹 Show your love to the planet by composting your dried and dead flowers, spoiled leftover foo...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️🌎🌹 Show your love to the planet by composting your dried and dead flowers, spoiled leftover foods, and wax paper from baking.

For more information on how to compost in the city, visit www.fairfaxva.gov/composting

Help eradicate English ivy and other plants harmful to the trees at Providence Park on Feb 26th from 1-4pm.  Volunteers ...
02/01/2022

Help eradicate English ivy and other plants harmful to the trees at Providence Park on Feb 26th from 1-4pm. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes, gloves, hat, and mask and to bring water. Bring clippers if you have a pair, but tools will be available.

R.S.V.P. to [email protected]

01/24/2022

Join us for our first public engagement zoom session this Wednesday, January 26 from 7-8:30 pm, for the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center Project! 🤩🏢

Learn more about the project, give your feedback and be apart of this fantastic project!

Register at the link below – once registered you will receive the link and call in number to your provided email address.

💻 VIRTUAL MEETING: Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center: ibit.ly/3yn8

Learn about the project and leave feedback at any time at engage.fairfaxva.gov

Next Meeting: January 29 from 9-10:30 a.m. Register here: ibit.ly/CWHv

In-person "drop-in" event date coming soon!

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City of Fairfax Community Development & Planning

Cheers to 2022! 🍾🥂Start the New Year off right by bringing your glass products to one of glass-only drop off Purple Cans...
01/01/2022

Cheers to 2022! 🍾🥂Start the New Year off right by bringing your glass products to one of glass-only drop off Purple Cans in the region, including the city's container at 10700 Page Avenue.

Globally, the recycling market has experienced tremendous pressure over the last few years, and glass recycling has become both difficult to recycle and a significant expense. Based on these findings, the City is changing its approach to glass recycling to ensure the greatest environmental benefit.💜♻️ Continue your sustainable new year's resolutions by bringing your glass to one of the regions Purple Cans!

To learn more about the program and to find a Purple Can nearest you, view https://youtu.be/aXizJCNtOIQ or visit https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/glass-recycling

12/27/2021

When prepping your meals and clearing the table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, don't trash your food scraps!

Bring them to the Fairfax City Composting Center (in a compostable bag, naturally!).

Details: fairfaxva.gov/composting
City of Fairfax Sustainability

From our family to yours - Have a happy and sustainable holiday season 🌎💚
12/24/2021

From our family to yours - Have a happy and sustainable holiday season 🌎💚

12/07/2021

Holiday lights recycling is back, everyone! 🎄♻️ Dispose of your old, broken Christmas lights right in our lobby! Now until the end of January, come down and grab some select lights for 20% off! 🎅 Hurry before they’re gone!
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#xmas #holidayseason #recycling #mylocalace #shopsmall #shoplocal #aceistheplace #notjustahardwarestore #fairfaxcity #nova

Great seeing Fairfax City Parks and Recreation composting their leftover pumpkins from the fall festival! 🍂🎃The City's 2...
12/06/2021

Great seeing Fairfax City Parks and Recreation composting their leftover pumpkins from the fall festival! 🍂🎃

The City's 24-Hour Composting Center is available to drop off food scraps anytime. For more information on composting in the city, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/composting

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don't let your food waste gobble away! 🦃  #Compost your food scraps at the City of Fairfax Compostin...
11/25/2021

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don't let your food waste gobble away! 🦃 #Compost your food scraps at the City of Fairfax Composting Center.

This Thanksgiving season, make sure to drop off your food scraps any time to compost:
- Potato and vegetable peels
- Corn husks
- Apple cores and peels
- Turkey carcasses
- Used flower centerpieces
- And about a 1,000 other things

For more information on composting in Fairfax City, visit https://www.fairfaxva.gov/composting

Please do not bag leaves during curbside collection service. Bagged leaves will not be collected! Remember to keep your ...
11/19/2021

Please do not bag leaves during curbside collection service. Bagged leaves will not be collected! Remember to keep your leaves loose on the curb. 🍂🍂🍂🍂

Leaves collected by the city are suctioned into the trucks and shredded to be turned into compost and mulch. It is very difficult to entirely remove plastic shreds from the final product. Plastic in the compost, even in small amounts, reduces the quality of the compost and provides a pathway for the plastic to get into our environment.

For more information on leaf collection in the city, visit: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/single-family-townhouse-services

Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet! Together we, • Reduce the amount of ...
11/19/2021

Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet! Together we,
• Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
• Conserve natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
• Increase economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
• Prevent pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
• Save energy
• Support American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
• Help create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

Continue the progress we’ve made and #recycleright with #americarecyclesday and City of Fairfax Government

Greasy pizza boxes are NOT recyclable. The grease and grime left on the bottom of the pizza box contaminates the cardboa...
11/18/2021

Greasy pizza boxes are NOT recyclable. The grease and grime left on the bottom of the pizza box contaminates the cardboard that’s recyclable. Instead, COMPOST your pizza boxes at the City of Fairfax Composting Center! #compostfairfaxcity and Compost Crew take our food waste and empty pizza boxes to create organic soil. 🍕♻️🍕

Pizza boxes contribute to large amounts of contamination in our recycling. Reduce your food waste and compost with the City of Fairfax drop-off composting program.

To learn more about composting and how to reduce your food waste, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/compost

We’re Crushing it! Drop off your clean and dry glass at one of the region’s glass-only drop-off containers. 💜In order to...
11/17/2021

We’re Crushing it! Drop off your clean and dry glass at one of the region’s glass-only drop-off containers. 💜

In order to increase the recyclability and lifecycle of our glass products, a regional effort was made to create the Purple Can Club to reduce contamination, lower transportation costs, protect sorting equipment, divert glass from the landfill, and develop untapped markets for recycled glass. The collected glass is recycled into new glass products or used in local construction projects to better our communities. ♻️ https://youtu.be/aXizJCNtOIQ

To find a purple can and to learn more about the program, visit https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/glass-recycling or

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year – many of which end up littered and polluting our waterways. On a recent v...
11/16/2021

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year – many of which end up littered and polluting our waterways. On a recent visit to the Tusico Branch stream restoration project, right here in the City, plastic bags littered the stream and contaminated our natural environment.

Plastic bags CANNOT be recycled in the curbside recycling collection. But thanks to Trex Company plastic bags, plastic packaging, dry cleaning bags, and other types of plastic bags can be recycled at participating stores.

In the City, stores you can recycle your plastic bags are:
- Safeway
- Giant
- Wegmans
To learn more about recycling and how to reduce your waste, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/recycling
#americarecyclesday #recyclereusereduce

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Great seeing Fairfax City Parks and Recreation composting their leftover pumpkins from the fall festival! 🍂🎃 The City's 24-Hour Composting Center is available to drop off food scraps anytime. For more information on composting in the city, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/composting
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don't let your food waste gobble away! 🦃 #Compost your food scraps at the City of Fairfax Composting Center. This Thanksgiving season, make sure to drop off your food scraps any time to compost: - Potato and vegetable peels - Corn husks - Apple cores and peels - Turkey carcasses - Used flower centerpieces - And about a 1,000 other things For more information on composting in Fairfax City, visit https://www.fairfaxva.gov/composting
Please do not bag leaves during curbside collection service. Bagged leaves will not be collected! Remember to keep your leaves loose on the curb. 🍂🍂🍂🍂 Leaves collected by the city are suctioned into the trucks and shredded to be turned into compost and mulch. It is very difficult to entirely remove plastic shreds from the final product. Plastic in the compost, even in small amounts, reduces the quality of the compost and provides a pathway for the plastic to get into our environment. For more information on leaf collection in the city, visit: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/single-family-townhouse-services
Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take care of our planet! Together we, • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators • Conserve natural resources such as timber, water and minerals • Increase economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials • Prevent pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials • Save energy • Support American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources • Help create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States Continue the progress we’ve made and #recycleright with #americarecyclesday and City of Fairfax Government
Greasy pizza boxes are NOT recyclable. The grease and grime left on the bottom of the pizza box contaminates the cardboard that’s recyclable. Instead, COMPOST your pizza boxes at the City of Fairfax Composting Center! #compostfairfaxcity and Compost Crew take our food waste and empty pizza boxes to create organic soil. 🍕♻️🍕 Pizza boxes contribute to large amounts of contamination in our recycling. Reduce your food waste and compost with the City of Fairfax drop-off composting program. To learn more about composting and how to reduce your food waste, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/compost
We’re Crushing it! Drop off your clean and dry glass at one of the region’s glass-only drop-off containers. 💜 In order to increase the recyclability and lifecycle of our glass products, a regional effort was made to create the Purple Can Club to reduce contamination, lower transportation costs, protect sorting equipment, divert glass from the landfill, and develop untapped markets for recycled glass. The collected glass is recycled into new glass products or used in local construction projects to better our communities. ♻️ https://youtu.be/aXizJCNtOIQ To find a purple can and to learn more about the program, visit https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/glass-recycling or
Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year – many of which end up littered and polluting our waterways. On a recent visit to the Tusico Branch stream restoration project, right here in the City, plastic bags littered the stream and contaminated our natural environment. Plastic bags CANNOT be recycled in the curbside recycling collection. But thanks to Trex Company plastic bags, plastic packaging, dry cleaning bags, and other types of plastic bags can be recycled at participating stores. In the City, stores you can recycle your plastic bags are: - Safeway - Giant - Wegmans To learn more about recycling and how to reduce your waste, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/recycling #americarecyclesday #recyclereusereduce
Celebrate #AmericaRecyclesDay all week with tips, tricks, and tools to recycle better. Recycling is the cornerstone of sustainability, but there is still more to do in preserving our world’s natural environments and ecosystems. #Americarecyclesday To learn more about recycling and how to reduce your waste, visit: www.fairfaxva.gov/recycling Together we can transform recycling! 💚♻️ https://youtu.be/BxppawvCwO8
Have you heard about the proposed stormwater utility? If you were unable to attend any of the public meetings, click here to see Satoshi Eto's presentation, which has been posted: https://engage.fairfaxva.gov/creating-a-stormwater-utility We want to hear from you. Leave your comments and questions on Engage Fairfax.
We want to hear from you! Join us for the Stormwater Utility Community Engagement Meeting on November 5 at 8:00 am. Join virtually here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/244021053
Don't forget to drop off your pumpkins, gourds, painted pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and food scraps anytime at the Composting Center, adjacent to the Community Garden on the west side of Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, open 24/7. Don't let your food waste haunt you this spooky season!
Don't be a ghoul, 👻compost your pumpkins 🎃 at the City's Composting Center. To learn more about composting in the City, visit: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/composting