Public Works and Environmental Services

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
703-324-5230 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 458, Fairfax, Va 22035
Eric Forbes
Director, Solid Waste Management

Fairfax Recycles Day Is November 15

Aligning with the national “America Recycles Day,” Fairfax Recycles Day has been recognized by the Board of Supervisors on November 15 for several years. The County’s Solid Waste Management Program traditionally celebrates November 15 with various events, contests and giveaways.

In 2023, SWMP conducted a recycling survey, which garnered over 550 responses and helped us learn what types of information residents currently receive, as well as would like to receive in future.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Find ways to reduce waste and recycle more in Fairfax County at Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and sign up for our newsletter at Subscribe to Fairfax Recycles.

Fairfax County's has a variety of activities including a photo contest!

Fairfax Recycles Day Photo Contest May the best recycler win! Option 1: Take a photo of you recycling right. This could be anything from donating household items OR simply having a recycling bin full of recyclable items based on the 'How to Recycle right in Fairfax County' list. Option 2: Take a photo of a bad habit. Do you see a local recycling bin full of bad recycling? Take a photo and tell us briefly what you saw! #RecyclingRightFairfax. Fairfax County resident composting at a local farmers market #LOOKWHEREIRECYCLED #LOOKWHATIRECYCLED

2022 Photo Contest

The photo contest is simple, and contestants have two options for entering as follows:

  1. Take a photo of someone “recycling right”. It can be a selfie, a shot of the kids doing the right thing, or even something more unusual such as donating household items, or simply showing a recycling bin full of the proper recyclable items – see the “Recycle Right in Fairfax County” check sheet.
  2. Take a photo of a bad recycling habit. Have you seen a local recycling container full of inappropriate or unacceptable materials? If so, take a photo of it and write up a small paragraph on what you saw. Why is it bad? And how could they do better?
  3. Get creative and add some art onto your picture - make it unique with a powerful message!

Contest Prizes

  • Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program swag!

Contest Guidelines

  • All ages are welcome to join in on the fun!
  • One entry per email address
  • Contest entries can be sent between October 20 and November 10, 2022
  • The preferred method to submit is by scanning and emailing it to us at But, you can also submit by mailing it to us at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 458 Fairfax, Virginia 22035.
  • Submit the following with your entry: 
    • Subject line for emails: Fairfax Recycles Day Contest!
    • Include your full name, age, phone number
    • Attach your entry as a JPG, PNG or PDF file
    • If there are recognizable faces in your photo, make sure you/the person are aware of the photo release statement below
    • Chances of winning double if applicants Take the Pledge. Submit a screenshot that proves you took the Keep America Beautiful pledge to recycle 
  • All entries/submissions must be received by midnight on Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • Contest rules and schedule are subject to change without notice, up to and including cancellation of the contest
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Entries that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

Photo Release: I give permission to be photographed and/or videotaped by Fairfax County government representatives. I acknowledge and agree that the photographs and videos may be edited and used for noncommercial purposes as desired in any Fairfax County government print or electronic media. I understand that photographs and videos become the property of Fairfax County without compensation to me. I also understand that any photographs and videos will be subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

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