Town of Fairfield News
12/19/2019 - Town Unveils New "Buy Local" Savings Card
TOWN UNVEILS NEW “BUY LOCAL” SAVINGS CARD
First Selectwoman Touts Importance of Supporting Local Businesses
Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick unveiled today a first of its kind Fairfield Buy Local Savings Card as part of the Town’s on-going campaign to promote the importance of buying local. Residents can sign up for the card on-line through the fairfieldbuylocal.com website or by visiting participating merchants.
The Buy Local Savings Card entitles bearers to discounts or special offers at participating businesses as a thank you for shopping local. There is no cost for residents to enroll. The Savings Card is just the latest initiative to create awareness around the importance of supporting the mercantile and small business community that forms the backbone of the local economy. According to statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses remain a potent economic force, accounting for roughly half of all employment and two out of every three new jobs.
The Fairfield Buy Local campaign, launched this past year, has also featured billboard and window displays, lamp-post banners, radio spots and print advertisements and the revamped website. The Town of Fairfield and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce most recently sponsored a Welcome Station on Sherman Green as part of Small Business Saturday festivities, and unveiled a new video featuring local business owners who speak on the importance of buying local.
“This is really about community,” Ms. Kupchick remarked. “Local business owners are deeply vested in our Town and its future. They contribute in so many ways--not just in paying taxes--but they are often called upon and are there to support our schools, youth sports leagues, charitable causes and non-profit organizations. We need to be there for them when we make our spending decisions,” she added.
Ms. Kupchick observed, that when dollars are spent locally, they are often re-invested locally, helping build the local tax base. The First Selectwoman cited recent statistics from American Express, which sponsors Small Business Saturday, which determined that 67¢ of every dollar spent at independent small businesses stays within the local community, creating more economic activity.
Mr. Barnhart acknowledged that the retail sector continues to evolve and faces many challenges from rising rents and business costs to increased competition from big box stores and e-commerce giants. “We are truly blessed to have such a diverse mix of great restaurants, specialty stores and small boutiques that really add to the Town’s character and charm,” Barnhart remarked. “But, if these businesses are to survive and remain an integral part of our community, we need to support them,” Barnhart added.
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Balaz, who is partnering with the Town’s Economic Development Department on this initiative, added, “This is a really important issue for the Chamber and our members, and we are pleased to be working with the Town on this campaign. I read recently where the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend more than $30 billion on-line this holiday season alone. Now, imagine what kind of an impact we might have if everyone shifted a small amount of their spending on-line to local businesses. We all need to be more mindful of how our individual spending decisions impact the businesses within the communities that we love.”
A list of participating merchants and offers can be found at fairfieldbuylocal.com. Fairfield businesses wishing to take part in the Fairfield Buy Local campaign can contact Mark Barnhart, Director of Community & Economic Development at (203) 256-3120 or email@example.com for more information.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.