Fairfax County residents have two options for glass disposal: the purple, glass-only containers located around the region or the trash. Please don’t place glass bottles and jars in your curbside recycling bin. Learn more.
Plastic bags get wrapped around the rollers and stop the conveyor belt. Workers then remove the bags by hand. Plastic bags that make it past the rollers contaminate the other recyclable materials. Please take bags back to the grocery store, place them in the trash, or choose reusable bags
Reduce / Reuse
Source reduction is the first goal of sustainability; then reuse. Recycling is last. Try to reduce waste in the first place, or reuse items before recycling. Donation Stations are an option for residents that want to give their unwanted or unneeded clothing, household goods, books, etc. a second life. Reducing waste by repurposing unwanted but usable goods is an important part of the Fairfax County Environmental Vision.
You should be able to recycle everywhere you go - at home, at work, and at play. If you are concerned that there is no recycling available at a location you frequent, call us at 703-324-5230.
Keeping communities clean and healthy. The curbside recycling bin program is designed to collect specific materials. See which items you should always place in the bin. Keep them loose, clean, and dry. And which items should never be put in the the curbside recycling bin.
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.
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.
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.