Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



Our office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-5033 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Randy Bartlett, Director

Public works and environmental services


The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services builds and maintains safe, reliable infrastructure that improves public health and provides a high quality of life for residents. The department’s four business areas – Solid Waste Management, Capital Facilities, Wastewater Management, and Stormwater Management – work together to create and preserve sustainable communities.

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News Stories

clean glass collected

December 19, 2019
Starting in January 2020, North America’s largest glass recycler, Strategic Materials, will begin transporting glass from the county’s glass processing plant in Lorton, Virginia, to one of their recycling facilities.

DPWES 2019 Award of Excellence Building Design & Construction

December 17, 2019
The 13th Annual Awards of Excellence for Building Design and Construction ceremony was held at the Fairfax County Government Center on December 13, 2019. Awardees were recognized for their commitment to excellence and outstanding customer service to the county. View all award winners.

Rendering of rain garden design

December 13, 2019
A new rain garden and plaza will replace an obsolete fountain on the Fairfax County Government Center campus.


Eric Forbes, Director, Solid Waste Compliance, DPWESEnviroPod episode 13 features Eric Forbes, Director, Solid Waste Compliance, DPWES, talking about the county’s new and expanding glass recycling/purple can program. There are purple, glass only recycling containers in multiple locations throughout the county and nearby jurisdictions. This is a regional effort with partners that include City of Alexandria, Prince William County and Arlington County with more to come. Glass is infinitely recyclable and can be used in some construction projects. For more information visit or call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or email

If you have an idea for a topic to be discussed on EnviroPod, email or call 703-324-5821, TTY 711.

Featured Video

Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management Program marked Fairfax Recycles Day with a special recycling event at the Fairfax County Government Center on Friday, November 15, 2019. The event was designed to raise awareness about the county’s recycling program and promote good recycling habits.

Capital Projects Summary Report

Quarterly status reports for each supervisory district

Water's Journey

Drinking Water - Wastewater - Stormwater

Clean water is our most important resource. To preserve water quality for future generations, we need to understand where water comes from, how we use it, and where it goes when it leaves our homes and businesses. 


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