February 2012 - Fauquier County
Page 2 Wasteline Newsletter Be Smart! Do Your Part! Recycle Today! For recycling news, pictures and information, visit www.fauquiercounty.gov, click on the Environmental Services Department. Recycling display used at Claude Thompson Elementary Ed E. Earth seen at the Warrenton Parade Educational Programming: Teachers and Custodians Tour the Landfill December provided beautiful weather for a dozen landfill tours that took place with Fauquier County Public School teachers and custodians providing them with a first hand look at what happens to school waste and recycling and why the county considers waste an important business to manage. Custodians were shown how to more efficiently pack their school recycling containers and were able to see where their recycling was off loaded at the processing center, emphasizing the need to protect the bags of recyclables from wind and rain. Many questions were answered specific to each school. With a better understanding of the recycling collection and processing process here in Fauquier County, it is hoped that teachers and custodians can effectively assist students in managing their school waste. Tours were so successful, another round of tours are being scheduled for late February. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Theme for Claude Thompson Elementary Family Fun Night In January, Claude Thompson Elementary, located in the most northern portion of Fauquier County, invited students and parents to participate in a family fun night featuring a landfill presentation by the county Department of Environmental Services followed by interactive stations for reducing waste, reusing items and recycling. Students were given a reusable bag for their efforts of bringing in retail plastic bags, paired up shoes and taped up household batteries to recycle. The students also participated in some fun arts and crafts projects that involved fruit drink pouches and toilet rolls, rubber bands and straws. A representative from the county was available to parents for any questions they may have had about their recycling needs. Recycle Your Holiday Cheer: Friendly Reminder by Ed E. Earth at the Warrenton Parade Ed E. Earth, the county’s nature ranger once again wished county residents a Merry Christmas as he rode in the Warrenton Christmas Parade aboard the famous bottle house float made from 2 liter plastic bottles. He was accompanied by Cub Scouts from Pack 1161. He reminded residents of recycling opportunities during the holiday season. Just about everything from gift wrap to steel cans can be recycled. To see the list of what is recycled in Fauquier County, check out the last page of this newsletter or visit the Fauquier County Environmental Services Department website at www.fauquiercounty.gov.
Winter 2012 Safety Tip of the Quarter: Make Safety a Full-Time Habit Good safety practices helps protect you and your co-workers and should include: Knowing what hazards your job presents. Always knowing the safety rules and procedures. Using all the protective gear the task demands, all the time. Paying attention at safety meetings, learning what’s new. Looking for hazards on the job and ask yourself what you would do if something were to go wrong. Eliminating and reporting hazards right away. Reading all labels, warnings, MSDSs before starting a new job. Practicing good housekeeping at all times. Reporting any injuries and illnesses, immediately. Remember, when it comes to safety, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. (Source—Business & Legal Reports, Inc.) Pet Carriers: A Reuse Program that is Animal Friendly To help our local animal shelters, pet carriers are now being diverted from the landfill. Please give your clean and in good condition pet carriers to site attendants for the proper redistribution to shelters in need. Why Can’t I Recycle That Tin Foil? The Recycling Challenge For decades, community organizations provided recycling leadership through fund-raising activities for aluminum cans and newspaper because markets were in-place and stable. As comprehensive and expensive landfill regulations were implemented and public awareness grew, recycling programs expanded to include clean wood, metal, glass bottles, bi-metal food cans, mixed paper, plastic bottles, electronics, household hazardous waste, and other materials. With public awareness for recycling benefits and landfill disposal costs continuing to grow, there’s greater incentive than ever for a community to divert materials from the landfill. The formula to increase recycling is simple but the challenges are significant. Acceptable collection, transportation, processing, storage, end-user markets must be in-place, and most importantly, waste generators must be committed to recycle making education a critical issue. Within that framework, the Department of Environmental Services continues to research materials, collection and processing systems to try to increase recycling and landfill diversion. The Recycling Challenge continues! Page 3 Make safety a #1 priority in your life Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Do you have one of these that can be reused at local animal shelters? Items that can be recycled or reused but end up in our landfills Pie chart furnished by EPA