Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open to the public by appointment only at this time. Please call or email 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. The permit office is open to the public with or without appointment 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

John Kellas,
Deputy Director, Solid Waste Management

Composting and More

Take Up Composting

Consider composting, nature’s own way of recycling yard waste. Composting is the controlled breakdown of organic material such as yard waste or food scraps. You can buy a compost bin or make one yourself. In a few months, you’ll have a great (and free) soil amendment for your garden and flowers. This will improve the soil’s porosity and reduce the frequency of watering. See more on composting at these government websites: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service.

Save Time with Grasscycling

Grasscycling is simply a matter of leaving your grass clippings on the lawn. The clippings quickly decompose, returning nutrients to the soil. This practice saves time, money, and protects the environment. Refer to your owner's manual or contact a local lawnmower dealer to learn if you can safely grasscycle with your existing mower. You may need to purchase a retrofit kit. Mulching mowers are also available for purchase.

Leave Leaves Alone

Tired of raking or blowing leaves every year? Consider mulching them with your mower directly into the turf.  Learn how through Virginia's Cooperative Extension Office.

Rent or Purchase a Brush Chipper

These portable devices are simple to use. Just feed branches, twigs and stems into the chipper. The machine will convert the brush into a fine mulch. This mulch is ready to use and can be placed around the base of plants and shrubs. Wood mulch minimizes a plant's need for watering in the summer and protects its roots in the winter.

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