Adjusting to New Recycling Realities; 5 Ways You Can Help Stop “Wishful Recycling”
What happens to your recycled items these days? That’s a good question as the worldwide recycling market has changed dramatically in recent months, especially due to “Operation National Sword” in China.
Here in Fairfax County, the local third-party recycling processor says nearly 30 percent of material received is actually trash. To do our part in this worldwide process, we need everyone to focus on reducing the amount of contaminated materials placed in recycling bins. There are five ways you can help stop the practice of “wishful recycling” – placing items in the recycling bin because you think it will probably be recycled.
The Filthy Five is a notorious gang committed to trashing recycling! Help Fairfax County foil the Filthy Five’s plans by pitching them in the trash, or implement these alternative reuse and recycling strategies.
Fairfax County has rules regarding how waste and recycling is managed. One important component of the county’s solid waste ordinance is the requirement for residents to separate recyclables from trash for placement at the curb for collection. Both waste and recyclables are required to be collected weekly if you receive collection service at your residence.
Waste cooking oil is accepted every day at the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex. Take cooking oil directly to the Household Hazardous Waste facility for recycling! DO NOT pour cooking oil into the motor oil recycling tanks. Acceptable types of cooking oils include vegetable, peanut, canola, olive, and deep fryer oils. This is NOT intended for fats and grease. Please continue to “can the grease” and dispose of it in the trash. Visit Fats, Oils and Grease for more information. For additional information, call 703-324-5230, TTY 711.
The I-95 Energy Resource Recovery Facility (E/RRF) located at the county’s I-95 Solid Waste Management Complex in Lorton is owned and operated by Covanta Fairfax, Inc. (CFI). Municipal solid waste (MSW) serves as the fuel for the facility, which is designed and operated in a similar manner to a typical power plant. Steam is produced from the combustion of MSW, and is used to spin turbine-generators that produce over 80MW of electricity.
How much material is collected for recycling annually?
Hundreds of thousands of recyclables are collected annually in Fairfax County. See Annual Recycling Rate for the latest data. Once collected, recyclables are transported to a materials recovery facility for sorting and packaging. Finally, they are sold to manufacturers to make new products.