America Recycles Day


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Nov. 14, 2005

Fairfax County Celebrates America Recycles Day Nov. 15

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has designated Tuesday, Nov. 15, as America Recycles Day in the county. Noting that recycling is an essential component of the county’s long-range solid waste management plan, the Board of Supervisors urges all residents to reduce waste by reusing, recycling and buying recycled products. Recycling saves millions of dollars in disposal costs, creates jobs and is recognized as an easy way for everyone to help protect the environment.

In recognition of America Recycles Day, Fairfax County presented the Community Recycling Roadshow at Herndon High School on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Recycling Roadshow was sponsored by the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program and Clean Fairfax Council in partnership with Herndon High School’s environmental group known as SAGA, the Students Against Global Abuse.

At the event, more than 100 bicycles, 100 pairs of eyeglasses, 50 pounds of rechargeable batteries and cell phones, and hundreds of pairs of shoes were collected to be donated to community groups. Safeguard Shredding of Falls Church provided document shredding and recycling services to residents to help prevent identity theft.

More than 20 tons of obsolete computers were collected for reuse and recycling by the Keep It Green program, a partnership between ServiceSource, Fairfax County and CDM E-Cycling Inc. To date, the program has kept more than 2 million pounds of electronic waste out of the Fairfax County environment by providing an alternative to simply disposing of the material. The Keep It Green program was recently awarded the Community Trustee Award for a Nonprofit from Leadership Fairfax Inc. at the organization’s 2005 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. The program exemplifies the benefit of local government partnering with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations for the betterment of the community. Keep It Green provides jobs for people with disabilities while preventing pollution in Fairfax County.

For more information about Fairfax County’s recycling outreach efforts, contact Pamela Gratton at 703-324-5498, TTY 711 or pamela.gratton@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

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