News to Use Podcast Transcript:Jan.23, 2013

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for January 23, 2013. Coming up, learn about child safety seat inspections, an online survey for adults with disabilities, several tips to donate, recycle and reuse, and Diva Central. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Virginia law requires that all children up to age 8 must be in a child restraint device, which includes a booster seat. The law also states that all rear-facing infant seats must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. Keep your young children safe by ensuring their car seats are installed properly. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will inspect your vehicle’s safety seats on Saturday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 23, in the public parking garage at the Fairfax County Public Safety Center, 10550 Page Avenue in Fairfax. When you enter the garage, follow the Sheriff’s Office signs.


If you live in Fairfax County or the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and are an older adult or have a disability, you’re encouraged to take a quick online survey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes to complete online at Click on “Help Improve Transportation Services.”If you need an alternate format, or have questions about the survey, call Jill Clark at 703-324-5874, TTY 703-449-1186.


Don't throw away: donate, recycle and reuse. It is that time of year to get 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.  Furniture, art, sports equipment and building materials are some of the items you may be able to donate.

  • Drop off books at your local Fairfax County Library. Bestsellers and books in good condition can be donated. Contact your branch for more info.

  • Give event passes and gift cards to the Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Program. And donate unwanted gift cards and tickets to events and activities such as sports or movies.

  • Provide bedding and more to the Animal Shelter. The shelter is in need of bedding, towels, newspaper, toys and a long list of animal supplies. 

  • The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program hosts opportunities for recycling electronics and unbroken fluorescent lights, shredding and recycling paper documents containing sensitive information and for disposing of household hazardous waste materials. Visit for details, including event dates, times and locations for recycling opportunities.

  • The county’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 the online public auction.


Reston Community Center is starting the new year by collecting new and/or recently worn prom dresses for its annual “Diva Central” dress drive for teens in need. Residents can drop off their dry-cleaned prom dresses at RCC’s Hunters Woods location through March 4. RCC also invites the community to register for an exciting schedule of summer camps. Registration begins Feb. 1. For more information on these events, visit the RCC website at   

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 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.  

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