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Yard Debris – Absolutely No Plastic Bags After April 19

April 15, 2021 :: Latest News

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted in February to prohibit the future use of plastic bags for yard waste. As collected yard waste was being shredded, the process had been mixing plastic bag pieces into the compost that was later used in yards and gardens. The County now wishes to minimize the amount of plastic being reintroduced into the environment.

The new ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors took effect on March 1, 2021. A transition period allowed for customer notification and education, but effective April 19, yard waste contained in plastic bags will no longer be accepted at County landfills.

In Foxfield, this new law affects our single family home residents. (Yard debris is not collected separately in the townhouse sections, so townhouse residents discard any yard debris with their regular trash.) Enforcement begins on April 19: Yard debris to be collected from single family homes must be inside a rigid, reusable container or inside a paper bag.

Starting April 19, trash collection companies will be fined by Fairfax County if the yard debris they bring to County facilities contains plastic bags. Consequently, starting April 19, American Disposal will no longer collect yard debris from our single family homes if that debris is inside plastic bags, including plastic bags labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable.” They also will not make a second trip to collect “missed” yard debris that was initially placed in a plastic bag but then repackaged.

Grass and other plants are beginning to grow again this year, so now is the time to be prepared. Have a rigid, reusable container or a supply of heavy duty paper bags ready to hold your yard waste to ensure it will be collected. Containers and bags may be purchased at many grocery, hardware, garden, and discount stores. For more information, see https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/elimination-plastic-yard-waste-bags-faqs.

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