Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Matthew Kaiser,
Public Information Officer

News Stories

Trash and Yard Waste Collection Changes Explained

March 30, 2020
Several changes to Fairfax County’s solid waste collection requirements were made Friday, March 27. (news release). The changes, which went into effect Monday, March 30, are temporary and in response to the current public health emergency. There are several reasons why the changes were made

Solid Waste Operational Changes to Protect Front-line Workers

March 27, 2020
Solid waste industry employees are delivering essential sanitation services even as the coronavirus public health emergency worsens. They are on the front line fighting the spread of COVID-19. Managing the removal of potentially contaminated waste from our community is a critical function in the fight to stop the spread of the disease.

Keeping Clean During Covid-19

March 24, 2020
Keeping yourself and your children clean and virus free is extremely important during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fairfax County says no matter where you live – condo, house or apartment – you can avoid a disgusting sewer backup into your home by not flushing wipes down the toilet.

Girl Scouts Jump into Water Event

March 19, 2020
In early March, 70 girl scouts visited the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant and learned about water quality and environmental stewardship at the Wonders of Water (WOW) event that is sponsored annually by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) through their Community Engagement Committee (CEC).

Sanitary Sewer Rehab Work Temporarily Scales Back

March 18, 2020
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is temporarily scaling back its sanitary sewer pipe lining program. This work is normally done while residents are at work and school. Suspending work on pipes connected by private laterals in residential areas will reduce disruption to people who are at home to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Urban Wood Utilization

March 18, 2020
In the United States, urban forests have been measured at 28 million acres, not including the many trees in suburban areas and in the rural landscape. Every year, three or four billion board feet worth of urban trees are lost to storms, disease, old age or construction.

Kids’ Fishing Day at Flatlick Coming Up April 18, 2020

March 12, 2020
Another free kids’ fishing day at the completed Flatlick Branch stream restoration project in Chantilly is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Fairfax County Begins Transition from Plastic Yard Waste Bags

February 28, 2020
This spring Fairfax County will begin phasing out the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection. This decision aligns with the county’s environmental vision and was made to reduce the amount of plastic in our natural environment. The change applies to private collection companies’ customers (90 percent of the county) as well as residents living in the county’s solid waste collection areas.…

Controlling and Managing Invasive Plants

February 25, 2020
Invasive plants are those that are not native to Fairfax County or Northern Virginia. They are brought into the area intentionally or unintentionally. These plants are characterized by unrestrained growth due to a lack of natural enemies such as pests and predators.

Capital Improvement Projects Recognized by Public Works Association

February 19, 2020
Five capital improvement projects managed by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services have selected to receive recognition in the 2020 American Public Works Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the Year Awards program.
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