|The recycling center, at the ABC store in Annandale, will be closed.|
“In recent years, recycling drop-off centers have become targets for illegal dumping of old furniture, appliances, and other discarded items,” states a notice from the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. “Illegal dumping creates a health hazard, is unsightly, pollutes our waterways, and requires extra collection services.”
Two other drop-off centers were closed earlier this year for the same reason. In addition, the county says recycling centers, which predate curbside recycling, are no longer needed.
Residents who use a refuse collection company that doesn’t provide recycling services or charges an additional fee are advised to call the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, 703-324-5230, and ask for a member of the enforcement staff.
Residents and businesses that need to recycle materials beyond what is collected at the curb can take their recyclables to the Fairfax County transfer station at 4816 West Ox Road, Fairfax. That center doesn’t charge for disposing of recyclables, but there is a nominal charge for household waste: $8 for one to five bags of trash and $12 for six to 10 bags. Seniors (60+) can drop off two bags for $4.