News to Use Podcast Transcript: December 28, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
December 28, 2011.Coming up, learn about recycling Christmas trees, an
entrepreneur workshop, cutting prescription drug costs and ways to stay
connected to Fairfax County via social media. Links to topics mentioned
in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Did you know that Christmas trees are recyclable? Each year, during the first two weeks of January, residents may recycle trees less than 8 feet tall at the curb on their designated trash collection day at no additional cost. Larger trees can be cut in two and placed at the curb for recycling. Once collected, the trees are delivered to the county’s mulching center where they are processed into a double-ground mulch and made available to residents at no cost. Be sure to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, tree stands and other decorations before leaving the tree at the curb. To find out more about Christmas tree recycling or the county’s mulch program, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/recycling or call the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230.
On Jan. 10, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority hosts its
first “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County”
workshop of 2012. These sessions explore county, state and federal
resources that are available for anyone interested in starting a business
in Fairfax County. Visit www.fairfaxcountyeda.org to
learn more and to register for a session.
Fairfax County residents may be able to cut their prescription drug
costs by an average of 45 percent because of a new, free discount card
offered by the county through a partnership with ProAct Inc., a pharmacy
benefit management company. The primary groups that will see results from
the ProAct card are the uninsured or under-insured residents in Fairfax
County who are currently left without a viable, cost-effective way to
obtain needed medications. The cards may be used regardless of age,
income or existing health coverage. There are no enrollment forms, no
membership fees and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.
Cardholders and their family members are encouraged to use the card any
time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. To get discounts,
just present the card at the pharmacy when buying medicine. For more
information on the program, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/prescriptioncard/.
There you will find the link to download the card, some helpful tips and
a page of frequently asked questions. You can also call
Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at facebook.com/fairfaxcounty. You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at twitter.com/fairfaxcounty or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.