News to Use Podcast Transcript: Apr. 16, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about springtime building permits, spring cleaning and recycling, Springfest 2014 and Virginia 811. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

It’s springtime. The temperature’s rising, trees and flowers are starting to blossom and Fairfax County residents are starting to think about improvement projects like adding a deck, sunroom, pool or other home improvement projects. Many home improvements require a Fairfax County building permit. Did you know that you can save time by starting the process online? Simply go to, select your type of project and complete the online application. Once your application is in the system, staff will be able to expedite the process when you visit the Customer and Technical Support Center to review your project with a permit technician. The site also has great resources for getting your project started off on the right track. Remember, when it comes to home improvements, “Save Time, Apply Online” at For more information, call 703-222-0801, TTY 711.


The snow is finally gone, we hope, and over the next several weeks, many Fairfax County residents will begin another round of spring cleaning.  What do you have packed away in your garage, utility room, shed or other storage area? If you’re looking to get rid of electronics, household hazardous waste or documents containing sensitive information, then Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management has some great options for you. Visit their website at to learn about the highly-popular Electric Sunday program for recycling your old electronics; learn how and where to properly dispose of household hazardous waste; or find out when the county’s next secure document shredding and recycling event will be held. All of these opportunities are available at no cost to county residents. No business waste is accepted at these events. So remember, if you’re cleaning out your home this spring, let Fairfax Count help you promote a greener Fairfax. Just go to and see what recycling opportunities you can take advantage of.


Don’t miss out Springfest 2014 on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Springfest is Fairfax County’s premier celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day and is the place to be for a day of free entertainment, games, activities and learning opportunities for the whole family. Come and enjoy headlining performances by Billy B., Reptiles Alive and Under the Sea. There will also be live animals, pony rides, a climbing wall, bounce houses and a wide range of crafts and hands-on activities for all ages. Let us introduce you to the world around you right here in Fairfax County. Admission and parking are free. You also can earn a free reusable shopping bag by supporting the Lorton Community Action effort to collect toothpaste, toothbrushes, rice and cereal for local food banks. And don’t forget to pick-up a few native tree saplings, flowers and vegetables for your garden at the Springfest plant sale. That’s Springfest 2014 on Saturday, April 26, at the Workhouse Arts Center. Don’t miss it! For details, go to


The Virginia Utility Protection Service, commonly called Miss Utility of Virginia, is the not-for-profit organization created by Virginia’s utilities to protect their underground facilities. Virginia 811 is the free “one call” Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners and those planning any kind of excavation, digging or demolition. Miss Utility of Virginia notifies participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages. Calling before you dig is a simple step, but one that can make your construction, planting or home improvement project safer while preventing utility outages that can be inconvenient or even dangerous for your neighbors. In addition, calling 811 before you dig is the law. To learn more visit

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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