Fairfax County Reaches New Heights in Recycling


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May 20, 2008

Fairfax County Reaches New Heights in Recycling

Fairfax County’s “2007 Recycling Rate Report,” prepared by the Solid Waste Management Program, marks a new high point in recycling. According to the report, the residents and businesses of Fairfax County combined to recycle 38 percent of all the waste generated in the county during 2007 — an increase of 3 percent from the previous year. The “Recycling Rate Report” is prepared annually and is submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with state law.

The increase in Fairfax County’s recycling rate reflects the county’s increased emphasis on protecting and preserving the local environment. It is also due in part to new county recycling requirements where all non-residential properties are now required to recycle mixed paper and cardboard.  These new requirements went into effect in July 2007 as part of recent revisions to the county’s Solid Waste Management Code, Chapter 109.1. The revised code also includes requirements for all multi-family properties to recycle mixed paper and cardboard. In addition, new multi-family properties must also provide can and bottle recycling for their tenants.

Together, members of the business and residential community recycled 488,492 tons of material.

“Each year, Fairfax County generates about 1 million tons of trash,” said Pamela Gratton, Fairfax County’s recycling manager. “It is important for both residents and businesses to remember that recycling is essential in reducing the amount of trash we make, and that by recycling, we preserve disposal capacity in the county’s solid waste disposal system.”

For more information about Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management Program, contact Pamela Gratton at 703-324-5498, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/recycling.

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