Residents Can Expand Their Recycling in 2006


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

Jan. 20, 2006

Fairfax County Residents Can Expand Their Recycling in 2006

Fairfax County is expanding opportunities for recycling for those residents who receive curbside collection of refuse and recyclables. All Fairfax County residents will now be able to place the following items at the curb for recycling:

Ø         Mixed paper, which is all clean paper without food residue such as newspapers and inserts, magazines and catalogues, envelopes, office paper, junk mail, food boxes such as cereal and cracker boxes, household product boxes, paperback books and phone books.

Ø         All plastic containers with necks that are smaller than the body of the bottle.

Ø         Flattened cardboard – cardboard must be flattened in order for it to be recycled.

It is easy to recycle right – residents need only to place these materials at the curb in a bin, bag or other container along with other recyclables. No special requests to your collection company are necessary.

Residents will be surprised at how much less trash is made when mixed paper, plastic bottles and jugs and flattened cardboard are added to recyclables collected at the curb. This improved recycling service provided to county residents will assist the county in reducing the amount of refuse sent for disposal every year.

The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program has developed a recycling chart that shows pictures of items that can be recycled and those that cannot. The Recycle Right chart will be included in upcoming editions of local papers and solid waste collection companies who provide service in Fairfax County will distribute the chart to customers either in paper or electronically. 

The Recycle Right chart is also available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/recycle-right.pdf or by contacting the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711. 

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.




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