Solid Waste Management Plan: 2015 Update

Fairfax County is in the process of updating its Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan describes an integrated strategy for the management of trash and recyclables generated by businesses and residents in Fairfax County. The county’s current 20-year plan requires an update in 2015. 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality requires that the plan be updated every five years. 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 – 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

  • Staff will: revise county demographics (e.g., population growth, waste generation rates)  and identify available disposal capacity for the next 20 years; research alternatives, options  and new technologies for the diversion of waste; and analyze data and findings for use in preparing a draft amendment to the current plan.
  • Staff will hold meetings with residents, businesses and stakeholders to receive input on the plan.
  • After making any revisions to the plan amendment, staff will present the proposal to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
  • A formal public hearing will be held to hear comments about the plan amendment.
  • The final plan amendment will be submitted to the VDEQ in accordance with regulations by June 2015.

Community Meetings

Staff have arranged the following public meetings in each of the county’s nine districts to outline the county’s trash and recycling programs and to collect input and suggestions to be considered in the development of the updated 20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan:

All meetings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 17 – North County Governmental Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston (Community Room)
  • Monday, July 21 – Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton (Oakton Meeting Room 1 and 2)
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale (Main Community Room)
  • Monday, July 28 – Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean (Meeting Room 1 and 2)
  • Thursday, July 31 – Braddock District Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke (Braddock Hall)
  • Tuesday, August 5 – Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria (Rooms 2 & 3)
  • Tuesday, August 12 – Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria (Helen Wilson Community Room)
  • Monday, August 18 – West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield (Community Room)
  • Tuesday, August 26 – Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly (James McDonnell Room).

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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