Village News 6/20/19

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Please forgive any abuse of the Queen’s English below.

Recent monsoon type rains remind me of another time and place. I finally had my gutters redone using the larger 6” seamless gutters and downspouts and quality gutter screens to make less work to keep them clean. Come by and take a look, but Rogelio Rodas and his Rodas Roofing & Gutter Company did a very quick and good job for a very reasonable price. He can be reached at 703/496-0206 or He also works under Marc Bonafe’s Marcel’s Home Building & Improvement Company that is or 571/233-4290.

Community Cleanup – very successful cleanup! Normally, we fill 3 trucks, but last Saturday, we filled 4 trucks and more importantly got rid of a lot of junk, recycled a lot and relocated a lot of treasures to new homes thanks to John Hoffmann and the Last Chance Corral (LCC).

These type events don’t just happen. Without volunteers who willingly give their time to man the site, drive and crew the pickup trucks, run the Last Chance Corral, each of us would have to haul to the landfill or pay a lot more for a special pickup by our trash company. Thanks to County for their support of our cleanup and special thanks to:  Avery Henry (Learner’s permit driver) with pickup, Jason Henty, Bernie Koehle with pickup, Mark Gregris with pickup and co-pilot Morgan Gregris, John Rader with pickup, Aaron & Graham Darius with pickup, Julia Hale, Liz Greene, Rob Muegge, John Hoffman, Glenn DeMarr and Bob Havey. And then Andrea Rubio showed up with a pickup load of junk she collected from her neighbors. She and the rest of the drivers swept the neighborhood trying to make certain all were helped who needed help. If you were missed – that would be on me.

I hope you had a chance to thank these civic-minded neighbors or will next time you see them. We have asked that ECHO bring a truck to our cleanup that we would gladly fill from items in the LCC, but they have declined. Maybe you have more sway with them.

Recycling – a lot has changed in our attempts to recycle paper, plastic and glass. We’ve come a long way at recycling paper, but now that China has stopped importing our plastic recyclables – we have lots to do to catch up in reducing, reusing and recycling plastic.

Glass has been an issue for some time now. Most glass we put into the recycling toter actually ends up in the landfill. In my opinion curbside collections of recyclables have lead us to be lax about what we put in the recycle bin giving us a false sense that we are doing our bit to protect Mother Earth. I know I have and suspect most of you have put items out as recyclable that made costly secondary sorting a necessity and leaving a third or more of what we thought may be recyclable as trash to be moved into landfills. And in some cases we contaminate other recyclable items in that same single-stream toter making it also trash instead of recyclable. Regular trash can be burned and converted to energy, but glass goes to the landfill.

It is better for the environment for us to collect glass separately and then haul it to the I-95 Landfill site or the I-66 Transfer Station where you will find purple collection bins for glass-only deposits. There, county's glass crushing machine (Big Blue), takes glass bottles and jars and turns them into sand and gravel to be used in construction, paving and landscaping. County is working to expand the market for recycled glass in our region. Next month we will be able to take glass to a purple bin located at the West Springfield Government office and other sites around the county. Supervisor Herrity believes that if that is too much trouble, we might as well throw bottles and glass in with our regular trash where it won't contaminate other recyclables.

Our regular trash is recycled into energy at the Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility in Lorton by the I-95 landfill. The plant produces 80 megawatts of electric power. Burning our garbage reduces the volume of trash by over 90%.  The remaining ash is landfilled, although the County is exploring options for other uses of the ash.

For more information, look to the latest Herrity Report ( and also visit and finally

Supervisor Pat Herrity said that “The future of recycling is changing and will depend on a number of factors including the markets for recycled materials and the resulting economics. Today I believe it starts with improving the quality of our curbside recycling and increased communication efforts on what to recycle, how to recycle it, and the harm of improper recycling. It also starts with investigating new technologies. Across the US, including in Chesapeake, Virginia, plants are being built that will take a single municipal waste stream, pull out valuable materials and convert the remaining waste to non-fossil bio-fuel and other useful materials. This eliminates the need for any communication efforts on what needs to be recycled. The environmental benefits associated with reducing the three or four trips trash trucks take in our neighborhoods to one or two would be significant while more than doubling our recycle rate and reducing residual waste (not to mention traffic congestion). I plan to visit a plant in Durham, NC to observe the process sometime this summer. I believe Fairfax should investigate some of these new options. One day, technology may be able to get us to the days of the Jetsons where our trash stays at home and is recycled into what we need.” 


August 1                      Civic Association Membership Drive Begins

October 10                  Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES

Stay safe; drive slowly and advise delivery drivers to also slow down for our children’s sake. Stay dry! 

John Cooley, CAWSV


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