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. 350fairfax.org/plastic-free-challenge
- 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.
Want to get others involved? Use these resources!
Learn about the events happening throughout September and October to work towards a #PlasticFreeDMV.
Upcoming October Events
Thursday, October 4th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MOM’s Organic Market, 1901 Veitch St, Arlington, VA 22201
Join EcoAction Arlington for a tour of MOM’s Organic Market in Arlington to get an overview of some of the items that can be purchased to help reduce your plastics while shopping and for every day use. Browse the aisles of MOM’s with a staff member who will show how to shop plastic free. RSVP required. RSVP here.
When: Tuesday, October 16, 9am – 5pm
Where: GMU Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
This year’s Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore private sector leadership on issues of plastic pollution prevention. Join the conversation at the 12th Annual Trash Summit, and help shape regional solutions to the issue. This one-day event will feature presentation from experts, topical panels, networking with local leaders, discussion roundtables, best practices, information sharing, and more. Register here.
When: Wednesday, October 17, 9am – 3:30pm
Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Center Theater and Forum, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
A full day of waste talk, including screenings of Wasted!, Styrofoam Mom, and The Clean Bin Project. Find more details and register here.
When: Saturday, October 20th, 10am – 12pm
Ready to tackle plastic pollution in your backyard? We’ll tag along with Clean Fairfax for a stream cleanup near Tysons Corner. And probably get a bit to eat together afterward. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Tuesday, October 23, 10am – 11:30 am
Ever wonder where your recyclables go after you toss them in the bin? Join us for a tour of the American Recycling Center in Manassas. Spaces are limited. RSVP is required. RSVP here.
September 22nd, 10 AM – 12PM
Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls VA 22066
September 23rd, 3 PM – 5 PM
Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Alexandria, VA 22312
Missed the presentation? Watch it here.
September 28th 7:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124
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