Recycling Extravaganza Collection Events

NEWS: Make every day a recycling extravaganza!

The City of Falls Church is pleased to announce that almost all the recycling offered at an Extravaganza is now offered every day of the year! 

The long-running Extravaganza has made a tremendous impact over the years - thousands of residents served and hundreds of thousands of pounds diverted from the waste stream.  But the greatest development of all may be the expansion of community-wide recycling options.  It is now easier than ever to recycle a long list of items.

Recycling Extravaganza & Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Recycling Extravaganzas are special collection events held at the Falls Church Recycling Center. Residents may bring hard-to-recycle items for recycling or reuse.  Household Hazardous Waste is often collected at the same event.  Please check the event flyer for a list of accepted items before attending.
  • Next Event: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Click here for an event flyer.
  • 217 Gordon Road, Falls Church, VA 22046
  • Don't want to wait? Make every day a recycling extravaganza. See below for details.
  • Interested in volunteering? Reserve a spot via our SignUpGenius page or email

Accepted Items

  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
    • Daily Drop-off: visit Fairfax County's HHW Drop-off Station, 4618 West Ox Rd, Fairfax 22030. Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Free for City residents.  Detailed info here.
    • Details: Household hazardous waste refers to consumer products that contain materials with any of the following characteristics: toxic, ignitable, corrosive, or reactive. Common hazardous wastes include cleaners, automotive fluids, herbicides, pesticides, oil-based paints, and thinners. Latex paints also accepted.  Click here for a list of accepted items.  Please visit our HHW website for more information, including alternative collection events hosted by the City.
  • Clothing and Textiles
    • Daily Drop-off: visit the City's recycling center, 217 Gordon Rd, 7am-7pm daily.
    • Details: All items collected during Extravaganza events are also accepted at the daily drop-off!  Includes clothing (both functional and clean scraps), belts, handbags, hats, paired socks, paired shoes, drapes, sheets, towels, fabrics, etc. Tax receipt available.
  • Electronics
    • Daily Drop-off: visit eAsset Solutions, 427 N. Maple Ave. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm.  Free for City residents, proof of residency required.
    • Details: Items include computers and computer components, rechargeable batteries, printers, printer cartridges, fax machines, copiers, TVs, VCRs, telephones, cell phones, answering machines, etc. No kitchen appliances. Full list of accepted items.
  • Paper Shredding
    • Various options exist. Retail options, such as the Staples at 1104 W Broad St, offer on-demand shredding anytime the stores are open.  Staples charges $1/lb.  Fairfax County hosts monthly shredding events (free).  Check their schedule here.  Shredding contractors also post the events they support, which are almost always free, on their websites.  Check their online calendars for a diverse listing of regional events.
    • As a reminder, shredded paper is accepted in the curbside recycling cart.  Bagging it in clear plastic ensures it doesn't escape the cart during collection and helps staff make an easy identification at the processing facility.
  • Bicycles
    • Daily Drop-off:  Thanks to a partnership between the non-profit, Bikes for the World and local bike store, Bikenetic, drop-offs are available anytime the store is open.  Bikenetic is located at 201 W Jefferson St.  Additional donation options listed at Bikes for the World.
    • Details: $10 donation requested for shipping to developing countries by Bikes for the World. No frames or tricycles are accepted. Tax receipt available.
  • Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids
    • Daily Drop-off:  Collection boxes are located in the East and West Wing entrances to the City Hall building. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.  After-hour availability at East Wing entrance.  Collection boxes exist in many retail outlets as well.
    • Details: also includes sunglasses and reading glasses.
  • Medical Supplies (not including medicine/drugs)
    • Daily Drop-off: contact the Virginia Medical Brigade for donation options.
    • Details: Canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers. No shower chairs or bathroom chairs accepted. Tax receipt available.
  • Metal Items
    • Daily Drop-off: visit the City's recycling center, 217 Gordon Rd, 7am-7pm daily.
    • Acceptable metal items include pots, pans, tools, pipes, venetian blinds, small metal appliances and other miscellaneous metal items.