Solid Waste Management Plan: 2015 Update

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality requires all jurisdictions in the state to develop and implement official Solid Waste Management Plans that describe what the jurisdiction will do with waste generated within its borders for a 20-year period. State regulations require that the plan be updated every five years and the next update of the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Plan is due to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in June 2015. 

Fairfax County has worked most of 2014 to update its Solid Waste Management Plan. This revised plan describes an integrated strategy for the management of waste and recyclables generated by businesses and residents. The revised plan will assist and guide the development of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, collection, transfer and disposal initiatives in Fairfax County from July 2015 to July 2035. It will serve as a strategic planning tool and will include goals to help the solid waste management program achieve environmental and financial sustainability.  

Process for Updating the Plan

  • Technical studies were completed to provide updated information required by state regulation. County demographics (e.g., population growth, waste generation rates)  and available disposal capacity were updated to estimate waste management needs for the next 20 years. Alternatives for waste management were investigated as well as new technologies for the diversion of waste; data and findings were analyzed for use in preparing the revised plan. This information is contained in an attachment to the revised plan.
  • Staff met with residents, businesses and stakeholders to receive input on the plan and comments were included in the draft plan.
  • The revised plan is presented here for review and comment by the public.
  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will vote on the revised plan in March 2015.
  • The final plan amendment will be submitted to the VDEQ in accordance with regulations by June 2015.

Process for Commenting on the Plan

Comments on the revised plan will be received until the end of December.

Written comments may be sent via email, or via U.S. postal mail to:

Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program
Attention: Plan Update
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 458
Fairfax, VA 22035

Comments will be addressed and posted on this website in January 2015.

This page will be revised periodically as the plan moves forward. Please check here for updates, and sign up for the Fairfax Recycler to receive notifications via email.

Plan Update at a Glance

  • Revise county demographics and identify available disposal capacity for the next 20 years
  • Conduct solid waste management survey
  • Meet with residents, businesses and stakeholders to receive input on plan
  • Present proposal to Board of Supervisors
  • Hold a formal public hearing
  • Submit final plan amendment to VDEQ

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