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March 15, 2016 - 08:40am
You may have heard that the county was considering new rules for yard waste collection, specifically about plastic bags. A decision to pursue a regulatory change that affects how yard waste is collected has been postponed indefinitely.
Currently, there is not a ban on the use of plastic bags for yard waste in Fairfax County. However, we would like to encourage the use of bio-degradable paper bags and or the use of personal containers marked for “yard debris”.
The best alternative is to leave grass clippings on the lawn (grasscycling), where they will quickly biodegrade and add nutrient value to your lawn. If you choose to use plastic bags, please remember they must be clear plastic bags. We do not accept black plastic bags or bags that cannot be easily identified as yard debris material.
Read our blog below for more information on the best yard waste techniques, including grasscycling.
September 30, 2015 - 03:41pm
September 23rd was the first official day of autumn and if you have been considering composting at home, rest assured it is a simple and extremely rewarding experience. All you need is a yard (or some outdoor land), a few supplies, and dedication to preserving the environment and keeping waste out of the landfill!
There are many different methods for how to compost at home, the below steps are geared toward the goal of making the processes as simple as possible but if you have a different method that works, we would love to hear about it! Email us your compost success stories at
Read on for all you need to know to create a sustainable compost pile in your own backyard.
September 01, 2014 - 04:00am
Leaf Season is fast approaching; do you know the best way to dispose of your Yard Debris to keep your lawn and the environment green?
We all know that directly following the beautiful colors of the autumn foliage comes a barrage of unsightly leaves seemingly dumped onto your lawn. We all hurry to rake them up but what should you do with the mountains of leaves, sticks and clippings (or "Yard Debris") left behind?
Many people do not realize that yard debris collection is actually considered to be a form of recycling. This can be somewhat confusing as yard debris is not picked up with your Single Stream recyclables. Instead, brush, branches, glass clippings and tree limbs are broken down organically by a bio-chemical reaction known as
Once collected and taken to a special facility, over time, these materials become a new product called compost. Although we may not think of it in the literal term, composting is still, very much, a form of recycling. In fact, it is possibly the most
organic form of recycling, since all material is returned directly to the earth through various applications to aid in new growth.
But how can you assure that the unsightly organic clutter on your lawn is properly disposed of to ensure it helps the growth of new leaves and blossoms in the spring?!
The first step is to ensure the correct preparation of your Yard Waste for pick-up.