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Recycling, Public Works, City of Falls Church, VA


Recycling is collected from curbside residential customers weekly on Wednesdays, year-round (except on observed City holidays).

Recycling is convenient, it conserves energy and raw materials, and it saves the City more than $100,000 in disposal costs every year!

What - Place all recyclable material into the City provided green rolling cart or green recycling bin, no seperation is necessary. See chart below for more information.  Empty and rinse all containers.  Place cardboard boxes inside or next to the recycling cart (or bin).  Boxes do not need to be flattened.  Place all plastic bags and plastic film together inside one bag ("bag in a bag").

When - Once a week on Wednesday (City designated holidays are collected the following Saturday).

How - Place items at the curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesday (or after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening). Containers must be returned to the side or rear of the residence by Wednesday evening.

Excess Recycling - There is no limit to the amount of recycling that may be placed at the curb. Extra containers (clearly marked "recycling"), cardboard boxes or paper bags may be used in addition to the City issued recycling cart and bins.

The City's collection contractor, American Disposal Services, collects recyclables using a rear-loading compactor truck (similar to a trash truck but with a recycling symbol on the side of the truck). This method of "single-stream" collection is more efficient and requires fewer trips to the recycling transfer facility. Most importantly, single-stream collection provides a user-friendly one-bin system for the customer.

Once collected, the City sells curbside recyclable materials to WM Recycle America, LLC, which accepts recyclables in a single-stream. This means items arrive at the facility mixed together and the facility's highly advanced equipment separates the materials into appropriate recycling streams. This is the industry standard for recycling collection and processing. Partnering with WM Recycle America allows the City to offer our curbside customers the most diverse and extensive recycling program in the region.

Click here to see "single-stream" recycling in action!

Click here for a list of other available recycling options.

Each residential customer is provided one green rolling cart per address. The carts and recycling bins are the property of the City of Falls Church and must stay with the residence. Customers will be charged a replacement cost of approximately $65 for intentional damage, misuse or removal of a cart from the assigned property.

Please e-mail or call 703-248-5160 (TTY 711) to request a cart or bin. If you plan to move, please leave clean equipment for the next resident.

Solid Waste Code Enforcement: 703-248-5160 (TTY 711)

Missed Collections and Other Questions: 703-248-5160 (TTY 711)

Prepare items according to the directions below and place ALL items into the same bin - no separation is necessary!

Click here for a printable recycling brochure.

Place smaller boxes inside larger boxes or flatten and place in or under the cart or bin

Remove parts of pizza boxes that contain food residue and place in the trash. The rest of the box is recyclable!
foam packing materials
Include newspaper and all inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, computer paper, phone books, paperboard (cereal & cracker boxes), toilet paper rolls, non-metallic wrapping paper and any other printing or writing paper

Place shredded paper inside a sealed paper bag to avoid litter
paper napkins, plates, or cups (unless clean)
candy wrappers
metallic paper or photo paper
frozen juice paper cans

Include all beverage cans and food cans

Rinse, tuck lid inside of can

Include empty aerosol cans, shaving cream cans, whipped cream cans
hazardous materials

Include all colored or clear beverage bottles and food jars

drinking glasses, ovenware, dishes
window glass, mirrors, light bulbs

Include all colored or clear narrow mouth bottles and jugs

hazardous materials or motor oil containers

Include yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese containers, butter/margarine tubs, peanut butter and mayonnaise containers, empty prescription bottles

plastic "clamshell" salad bar containers
foam food containers or meat trays

Include milk crates, buckets, laundry baskets, coat hangers, flower pots, drinking cups, plastic toys, broken recycling bins, plastic totes and other rigid plastics
items over 50 lbs or too large or bulky to be loaded by one person into the recycling truck

Include waxed paper cartons with "gable-tops"

juice boxes (contain a layer of aluminum between paper)

Include plastic grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaner bags, bubble wrap, external packing for paper towel rolls and other flexible packaging

Shake out food crumbs, remove receipts, and place all plastic film inside one bag to avoid litter
flower wrapping, potato chip bags, or non-flexible packaging
meat tray wraps or other stretch film

Clean aluminum foil and trays

Metal coat hangers*
other scrap metal

include damaged or out-dated hardcover, paperback, textbooks and reference books

remove plastic or metal spiral binding
laminated paper

*If in good condition, these items might be eligible for donation tthrough the City's Recycling Extravaganza, charities, or other outlets.

The City of Falls Church operates a drop-off Recycling Center, open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to dusk located at 217 Gordon Road.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
  Contact Us

300 Park Avenue, 100W
Falls Church, VA 22046

703-248-5160 (TTY 711)
703-248-5336 fax

8 a.m.-5 p.m.