Students and Teachers
All schools located in Fairfax County are required to collect mixed paper and cardboard separately for recycling. In addition, Fairfax County Public Schools have implemented a program that includes the recycling of glass, plastic bottles and metal cans.
We invite you to visit our Web page that discusses how to set up a recycling program at school. In the meantime, you can take materials to a recycling drop-off center. As always, we encourage everyone to buy recycled products.
- Subscribe to SCRAPmail! SCRAPmail is part of the Schools/County Recycling Action Partnership. This email subscription allows interested teachers, students and school administrators to receive periodic news items, event announcements, and updates and reviews on environmental education resources available to county schools. You can subscribe to this email distribution online. If you have any questions about items featured in SCRAPmail, please contact Ben Boxer at 703-324-5253, TTY 711.
- Clean Fairfax Council offers educational workshops and games that are fun, informative and FREE! A description of program topics is provided online. To reserve an activity, call Jennifer Cole at 703-324-5471, TTY 711.
- Show your students the Pop-up Trash video on our website or Recycling is Real on YouTube.
- Fairfax County solid waste management professionals are available as guest speakers. They can also assist you in setting up a recycling program at your school. Call 703-324-5230, TTY 711 for more information.
- Elementary teachers may take their students to see waste management at its best at the I-66 Transfer Station Complex, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. The I-66 Transfer Station has an observation window with lots of movement, trash, brush grinding, hazardous waste collection and a recycling drop-off center. A video on all parts of waste management is part of the 45-minute tour. Call 703-631-1179, TTY 711 to schedule.
- DEADLINE: MAY 15: Keep Virginia Beautiful is again offering their "30 Grants in 30 Days” program. The grants are categorized in 3 areas: (1) Litter Prevention, (2) Recycling, and (3) Beautification and Community. The grants will be dispersed among communities, schools, parks, civic clubs and environmental groups.
- DEADLINE: MAY 15: Enter Alice Ferguson's Litter Prevention Video Contest for a chance to win $1,000. The contest is open to all ages. Entrants must submit a 30, 60, or 90 second video about litter prevention and the need for a trash free Potomac Watershed. To learn more, go to the Alice Ferguson Foundation's website and search for the phrase "video contest."
- Your county school, or recognized groups within your school, may apply for grants of up to $500 each through the Johnie Forte, Jr. Memorial Litter/Recycling Grant Program. Projects must involve a litter prevention, litter control, or recycling theme. Activities must be planned and implemented by students no later than April 15, and applications must be submitted by December 31 of the preceeding year. If you are looking for project ideas, you may want to check out EPA's Community Service web page for students. For more information about the grant program, visit the Clean Fairfax Council website or call 703-324-5471, TTY 711.
- Create your own cartoons, test your knowledge about the environment, solve mysteries and more on these environmental sites.
- Learn interesting facts about recycling, trash collection and disposal.
FCPS Recycling Program
FCPS Policies: Recycling Requirements and Environmental Stewardship
Clean Fairfax Council
Environmental Tips for Students and Teachers