Join FACS in Advocating for a Plastic Free Fairfax. #PlasticFreeDMV


Plastic Pollution Is Harming Our Planet.

  • Worldwide, 5 trillion plastic bags are thrown away annually; 100 billion of these are tossed in the United States.
  • Plastic takes centuries to break down.
  • Less than 30% of plastic is recyclable, and only 1 to 3% is actually recycled.
  • Fairfax County incinerates plastic that isn’t recycled, releasing toxic chemicals in the air.
  • Plastics are made from fossil fuels, primarily oil and fracked gas; roughly 12 million barrels of petroleum oil or 69 billion cubic feet of fracked gas are used producing the bags consumed annually in the U.S. alone.
  • By 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish.


Join with others across the region to reduce your plastic footprint and protect our waterways and wildlife.

  • Enroll in the Plastic Free Challenge (October 1–30) at www.
  • Commit to reducing your use of single-use plastic bottles, bags, and straws.
  • Looking for a bigger challenge? Commit to reducing your consumption of other types of plastic products and packaging.
  • Look for our weekly emails with motivational stories, tips, and ideas.
  • Track your success and recruit family and friends to join you on your plastic-free adventure.
  • Tweet about reducing your plastic waste using the hashtag #PlasticFreeDMV


Sign up to take the pledge!

From October 1 to 30, I will avoid singleuse plastic—especially plastic bags, bottles, and straws. I will reuse or recycle the plastic I do use, educate others about plastic waste, and advocate for a #PlasticFreeDMV.



Learn about the events happening throughout September and October to work towards a #PlasticFreeDMV.

Plastic Free Forum

September 22nd, 10 AM – 12PM

Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls VA 22066


Walk the Talk: How to Reduce Waste in your Congregation

September 23rd, 3 PM – 5 PM

Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Alexandria, VA 22312


Bag It Movie Screening

September 28th 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124

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Want to get others involved? Use these resources!

Print out the Plastic Free Challenge Pledge and have members sign it after a service. 

Share these facts with members. 

Share these three actions to reducing single-use plastic.


Plastic Free Community Partners

350 Fairfax Great Falls Group Sierra Club Virginia Clean Fairfax NOVA Trash Action Work Force EcoAction Arlington The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network Green Muslims & Friends of Accotink Creek