Don't Throw Away: Donate, Recycle and Reuse

Jan. 3, 2013

It is that time of year to rid of old and unwanted items to make room for holiday gifts and new purchases. The Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management encourages residents to think green before throwing anything away. Here are some alternate ways to recycle and reuse:

  • Donate to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Furniture, art, sports equipment and building materials are examples of items that you may be able to donate to FCPS.  More information.
  • Drop off books at your Fairfax County Library branch. Bestsellers and books in good condition can be donated to your local branch. Contact your branch for more information.
  • Give event passes and gift cards to the Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Program. Donate unwanted gift cards and tickets to events and activities such as sports or movies. More information.
  • Provide bedding and more to the Animal Shelter. The county’s Animal Shelter is in need of bedding, towels, newspaper, toys and a long list of animal supplies.  More information.
  • Recycle your obsolete electronics. Stop by the next Electric Sunday event on Jan. 13 and drop off all your old and unwanted electronics to be recycled. Electric Sundays information and 2013 schedule.
  • Check the Fairfax County Surplus Property Program before you buy. The Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management’s Surplus Property Program has great deals on used office equipment, chairs, bookcases, sports equipment and more. You can save money and reduce waste by shopping this online public auction. List of items for sale and more information



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