Special Collection Request Line: 703-248-5160, Option 1
Recycling, along with refuse collection, transfer, and disposal, is governed by the City's integrated solid waste management plan. The plan aims to decrease the amount of waste generated in the City by increasing source reduction, reuse and recycling. The City's recycling program also supports litter prevention activities and solid waste management initiatives, with the assistance of approximately 150 citizen volunteers.
Recyclable materials include those collected curbside (cart and green bin program, yard waste bags, brush and leaves) and at the Recycling Center. These collected materials are recycled, diverting material from the waste stream. In addition to environmental stewardship benefits, the City benefits economically by generating modest revenues and reducing waste disposal costs. Through the robust nature of its recycling service and outreach to its residents, the City enjoys the highest waste diversion rate (recycling rate) in Virginia.
Recycling is collected from curbside residential customers weekly on Wednesdays year-round (except on observed city holidays).
Trash is collected from curbside residential customers weekly on Wednesdays, year round (except on observed city holidays). DPW manages the contract for trash collection, and provides related services for the community, including special bulk pick ups.
DPW manages the street sweeping contract. Regular street sweeping is required by stormwater management regulations and benefits the City by significantly reducing the volume of pollutants entering local streams through the City's 900 storm drain openings. It also reduces the cost of storm sewer cleaning efforts and the chance of blockages in the system.