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Universal Recycling: Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Fairfax, Virginia

The City of Fairfax requires residents to source separate recycling, while all non-residential properties, including multi-family properties, must provide recycling services.

Action(s) Taken

  • Recycling Policies

Population

24,000

Summary

The city of Fairfax requires residents to source separate recycling, while all non-residential properties, including multi-family properties, must provide recycling services. The list of recyclable materials is standard and includes mixed paper, cardboard and plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers.

Overview of Recycling Requirements

Residents and businesses recycle:

  • Aluminum and glass food and beverage containers
  • Ferrous (iron) cans
  • #1-7 narrow and screw top plastic containers
  • Mixed paper
  • Cardboard

Recycling is collected once a week from residents and must be collected at least weekly from businesses.

Background

This is an expansion of the city’s original requirements for businesses which applied to only businesses with more than 100 employees.

Fairfax County also requires residents to recycle but has less stringent recycling requirements on multi-family units (MFUs) and non-residential properties, requiring only services for cardboard and mixed paper recycling.

Implementation, Education, and Enforcement

Non-residential and MFU property owners must complete a recycling plan for the city that includes the frequency of recycling and the number, size, and location of recycling and waste containers. Owners must also submit an annual report to the city that lists the types of materials recycled by the company and the estimated volume of each material.

Owners must provide education to tenants at least once a year and upon move-in about the use and participation in the recycling system. Owners are expressly non-liable for the participation of residents in the program.

Repeated violations of Refuse and Recycling Regulations can result in a $25 fine.

More Information

Annual Recycling Report Form for Fairfax Businesses

City of Fairfax Commercial Recycling Ordinance

Refuse and Recycling in the City of Fairfax

All Fairfax article: “Recycling Becomes Mandatory for Fairfax City Businesses”

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