Pilot Program: Reduced Refuse Collection Frequency
In response to demand from the business community, Fairfax County is starting a pilot program in which commercial properties may apply for reduced refuse collection frequency. Businesses suitable for inclusion in the program will be permitted to have less than once per week refuse collection. This adjusted service will allow them to lower collection costs while benefiting the environment through reduced truck emissions.
Currently, the County Code requires solid waste collectors to pick up refuse at least once per week from their customers. The purpose of this requirement is to reduce the public health, odor and nuisance issues that are caused by food wastes as they decompose.
However, when food waste is largely absent (e.g., office buildings, retail and industrial facilities), collection at less frequent intervals can be considered. It is for this reason that the pilot program is being offered.
Reduced collection will be considered under the following circumstances:
- Any establishment or institution that serves food or generates waste from food is not eligible. However, this prohibition has special application in the case of schools, which are discussed separately below.
- Only establishments using a sealed compactor box without leaks or other opportunities for spillage to occur, and with adequate vermin, insect, and odor control are eligible.
- Establishments using the typical 6 - 8 cubic yard dumpsters or smaller “flip top” trash containers are not eligible.
- Schools are only eligible for reduced refuse collection frequency during any time school is not in session or when cafeteria service is not being provided.
- A separate application is required for each establishment, institution, or school.
- Establishments must have a recycling system in place.
To be considered, a business must meet all program requirements, complete an application and submit to a favorable site inspection. A separate application is required for each establishment, institution, or school.
For more information about the pilot program, call Ed McGivern at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.