Due to budget cuts and personnel costs , FCPD is no longer able to partner with Clean Fairfax on Report-a-Litterer. Unfortunately, as a non-profit and non-governmental entity, we are unable to track down litterers via license plate, nor do we have the municipal power to send out county staff to pick up trash and dumped junk. Here is the link to Code Enforcement, which is the entity in charge of looking into dumping, illegal littering, overflowing trash cans etc.
In addition to contacting Clean Fairfax, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE file a report with your Board of County Supervisors’ office. They truly are your first line of defense in your neighborhood.
If you have contacted the office of Code Compliance and your County Supervisor, but you did not receive assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can help in some way. But please be reminded that Clean Fairfax isn’t a county agency so our municipal “juice” is limited!
Keep Fairfax County Clean, Green, and Healthy!
Virginia spends about 5 million tax dollars annually; and nationally, the cost is 2.5 billion tax dollars a year for litter cleanup. Debris in the roadway causes approximately 2,500 vehicular accidents a year. Every year, motorists drop over 16,000 pieces of litter on each mile of primary highway. Too much of that trash and litter is washed into stormdrains and creeks and streams, and pollutes important watersheds and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.
Littering is Illegal
- Section 33.1-346 of the Code of Virginia makes littering or dumping trash a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail* and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
- Section 10.1-1143 of the Forestry Code makes it unlawful to throw “any lighted smoking material” from a vehicle. This is a Class 2 misdemeanor violation, punishable by up to 6 months in jail* and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
* With either the Class 1 or Class 2 offense, community service can take the place of jail time.
Fines, and other punitive action can only be taken if actions are witnessed and enforced by an authorized official.