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What is the Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S territories. The U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years a count be conducted of every person living in the United States. Learn more about the U.S. census in 2020.
Why is the Census Important?
For every person not counted, Fairfax County loses $1,200 a year in potential funding.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Fairfax County's Census Page may be viewed here.
Changes to Trash and Recycling in Fairfax County During COVID-19 Emergency
Posted on Jun 9th, 2020
Events are moving fast. Residents should visit the following page on the Fairfax County web site often for breaking information on trash and recycling and county facilities status:
All shredding events for 2020 have been postponed until further notice. To check for updates to the shredding schedule for 2020, please visit
The purple glass recycling program is back. As of Monday, May 11th, purple bins were back at all locations in the county. For a map of locations throughout the Northern Virginia area, please visit
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/glass. This page also offers recommendations for safely using the glass drop off program.
Yard Waste Collection
Please visit the yard waste collection FAQs at
Residential Drop-off Facilities at I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex
Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice:
1. Facilities will open to general public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Administrative buildings are closed.
2. Household hazardous waste and e-waste stations are closed at the I-95 landfill complex. These services remain available at the I-66 transfer station.
3. Commercial Cash (non-residential) receipts are no longer accepted on Sundays. Only receipts from residential customers will be accepted on Sundays.
4. Donation Stations at both locations are closed.
Further information can be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/locations-hours
How to Recycle Right in Fairfax County
For the most part, people agree that recycling is an easy way to do something good for the environment. It is a service that is provided to everyone in Fairfax County that has trash collection,
it’s not an extra service that only some lucky folks get. This includes businesses, schools, houses of worship, and most every place you visit in the course of your day. Recycling definitely works best when it is easy –
the container is easy to find, it’s easy to see that it’s for recyclables only, and you know what to put into the container. What is recyclable in Fairfax County?
Let’s start by saying that there are a few rules when it comes to “what’s recyclable?” Recyclables should be:
· Clean – no liquid, food, or grease left inside the container
· Dry – if you rinse something out (which you should) give it a little time to dry before you put it into the bin. Mostly, don’t put a half-full bottle of water in the bin – empty it first.
· Loose – recyclables don’t need to be bagged – in fact, the bags are a problem for local recycling processors.
· Leave the lid on – it really is for the best.
Next, we can focus on what is ALWAYS recyclable in your curbside bin. These are the things that you don’t have to think twice about – they are the most recyclable:
· Paper – mail, newspapers, cereal boxes, juice boxes, homework, etc.
· Plastic - #1 and #2 bottles, jugs, and jars. This is just about anything that held a beverage, including milk, OJ, soda, or water.
· Metal – beer cans, canned vegetables, tuna and cat food cans.
Next, there are the things that mess up recycling for everyone. They are the things that should never go into your recycling bin at home. They contaminate the rest of the recyclables and end up in the landfill. They are the Filthy Five:
· Plastic bags – we’ve mentioned this before. Plastic bags get tangled in the recycling equipment; it is better to take them back to the grocery store.
· Tanglers – things like hangers, garden hoses, and rope. Metal hangers can be returned to the dry cleaners.
· Diapers – no, they really aren’t recyclable. They may even be a bio-hazard.
· Take out containers – they may have the recycling symbol, but nobody wants them. Try reusing them.
· Shredded paper – it just doesn’t survive the trip to the recycler and ends up as litter. You can add it to compost, use it as packing material, or put it in the trash.
If this seems simple, it is meant to be. There’s no need to make recycling overly complicated. Some people give up the first time they find out that they did it wrong. If you focus on the things that are always recyclable,
you’re doing great! There are two other recyclables that need some TLC – Glass and Yard Waste. Your hauler is no longer required to collect glass in your recycling bin. If you put it in there, they will probably take it,
but that doesn’t mean that it will be recycled. If you want to know FOR A FACT that your glass is being recycled, take it to a purple glass recycling bin. They are located throughout Fairfax County.
If you’d rather not, just put your glass in the trash. Finally, please remember that yard waste should be placed in a durable container (like an old trash can) or in paper yard waste bags. Plastic bags are not good for the
environment and we are trying to move away from their use. If you still have plastic bags, use them for trash. That’s the best place for them.
Please check out the Fairfax County web page or (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/recycle) for lots of information on recycling in Fairfax County. There are links to resources, fact sheets,
videos, and more. You can request a speaker to come to talk to you and your neighbors about recycling at your next meeting or event. You can also sign up for the Fairfax Recycles Newsletter at
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/subscribe -fairfax-recycler) for lots of information on recycling, or send us your questions through Recycling@FairfaxCounty.gov.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Posted on Jun 9th, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Penderbrook Neighborhood Response Task Force
Posted on Jun 9th, 2020
The Penderbrook Board President established a Penderbrook Neighborhood Response Task Force to coordinate help to those in Penderbrook who require assistance.
The Task Force is comprised of a network of volunteers to offer aid and support to one another during the Covid-19 outbreak. If you are a Penderbrook resident self-isolating due to Covid-19, there are volunteers that can assist with picking up groceries and prescriptions in the form of front door drop-off’s, running errands or simply providing support in the form of check-ins by phone, or video chat services such as FaceTime or Skype. We are in a situation where health, food, and shelter are the highest priority. This is a time to come together as a community and help neighbors in need.
If you or someone you know requires any assistance, please contact Sarah Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-359-7084.