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Annandale Stream Cleanup

hackathon As we finish celebrating Earth Day, we want to highlight another successful cleanup project that happened in our area. A stretch of road in Annandale is a much nicer place at now thanks to an idea sparked on NextDoor and a partnership between Fairfax County Restoration Project, Friends of Accotink Creek, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Earlier this year more than 80 volunteers spent four hours collecting trash and hauling away discarded construction debris along Americana Drive, a stretch of road in Annandale. Their success was evident as three hundred fifty-two (352) orange and black bags full of trash lined the road. The bags didn’t last long, they were quickly picked up and discarded by VDOT staff. In addition, volunteers also filled a dumpster with old couches, tires, and mattresses that had littered the site for years.  By removing the trash from the landscape, it not only made the area more aesthetically pleasing, but also prevented the trash from washing into the storm drains and, eventually, Accotink Creek.


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  • A watershed is an area which drains into a river, stream or lake

  • Fairfax County has 30 watersheds

  • Managing stormwater runoff reduces pollution that reaches the Chesapeake Bay and prevents flooding

  • Clean Fairfax has a Community Map that displays local Fairfax County cleanups

  • There’s a Clean Fairfax Environmental Scholarship awarded to two Fairfax County students who are pursuing a course of study or a vocation training program that supports the Green industry
This partnership wouldn’t have been possible without many caring contributors!


You can help keep Fairfax County clean, green and sustainable.


Have you met Big Blue?

For a variety of reasons, glass placed in curbside recycling bins is processed as waste; however, clean glass bottles and jars delivered to purple containers at recycling drop-off centers located around the region are crushed and used in county facilities projects.






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