Contact: Poul Hertel
UPDATE ON RECYCLING
What happens when you mix plastics in the recycle bin?
Short answer: It ends up in the dump.
Plastics must be clean to recycle (think water bottles or similar shapes).
For specifics see:
Our area depository is the American Recycling Center in Manassas: a sorting center where plastics are sorted and bailed for resale. It’s all about what re-salers are available for the various recycling products.
Here’s a little known fact: the triangle on the bottom of items with a number on it means nothing to recyclers, it is an industry code only. Not all items are recyclable in Fairfax County.
**UPDATE** Glass needs to be separate from regular recycling and brought to the purple bins now available at various locations in the county. The closest bin is at the Mt. Vernon Government Center next to the Fire Station. There is no plan for the county to create purple bins for our homes. If you include glass in with your recycling it will be sent to the dump automatically. Glass products are sent to the glass crusher in Lorton where the end product is currently used in construction projects, just an example.
Regarding yard waste, it was made clear that if yard waste is in plastic bags, it again ends up in the dump. Yard waste must now be in brown yard waste bags available at Costco, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other hardware stores.
Ted Thompson is our MVCA Neighborhood Watch coordinator.
The MVCA Neighborhood Watch Program is a visible, vibrant community service, recognized by the Fairfax County Police as one of the “best and most active” in the County.
In partnership with the Fairfax County Police Department, Mount Vernon District Station, the purpose of the MVCA Neighborhood Watch is, simply put, to use citizen observers to deter crime in our neighborhood by keeping a watchful eye on our neighbor’s homes and reporting to the police any noted suspicious activities or crimes to the police. Our physical patrols, at varying times at least once a day, serve as a visible notice to would-be criminals and others that residents are concerned about crime. We will call the police when we detect unusual or suspicious activity and we take an active part in protecting our homes.
We have recently lost several neighborhood watch participants through attrition and moves out of the area. While we still have a dedicated team where the participants are sanding a one-week “watch,” conducting patrols of the neighborhood approximately once every 14 weeks, we are actively seeking to expand the team with new volunteers to keep the program strong.
We encourage you to become involved as a member of this important volunteer action team.
Please call Ted Thompson to learn more and to join our dedicated team. 703-780-1972 (H), or contact Ted at the dedicated neighborhood watch email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedestrians/Bicyclists/Baby Carriages/Bus and Car Occupants, and Drivers
Additional Safety Precautions for your residence
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Your neighbor and Public Safety Chair, John A. Hurley
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