Recycling Center

This self-serve facility provides a convenient place for residents and businesses to drop off commonly recycled items.

This outdoor center is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk and is located near the intersection of Route 7 and Shreve Road at:
217 Gordon Road
Falls Church, VA 22046

Items Eligible for Drop Off

  • Clothing & Textiles - Please bag the items and drop off in the green bin just inside the entrance. Textiles must be clean.  Items not accepted include pillows, bedding, rugs, wet and mildewed textiles.  Acceptable items include:
    • Clothing, paired socks, belts, handbags and hats
    • Paired shoes tied together
    • Drapes and curtains
    • Sheets and towels
    • Fabric remnants 
  • Glass Containers - Glass bottles and jars may be dropped off in the Purple Can. Please rinse and remove from bags. Lids and non-glass inserts may be left on. Miscellaneous glass - such as light-bulbs, mirrors, windows, or Pyrex pans - are not accepted. Visit to learn more about this pilot glass-only recycling program. 

  • Scrap Metal - Metal items must be small enough to self-load into the container. Do not include non-metallic items, air conditioners with refrigerant, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, or other hazardous material. Acceptable items include:
    • Siding
    • Bed frames
    • Fencing
    • Chairs
    • Shelves
    • Tire rims
    • Ladders
    • Pipe
    • Microwaves
    • Coat hangers
  • Mixed Containers - Rinse items and remove from bags. Acceptable items include:
    • Plastic bottles and jugs (No. 1-7)
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Metal food and beverage cans
    • Wide-mouth plastic containers such as yogurt tubs
  • Mixed Paper - Remove items from plastic bags. Acceptable items include:
    • Newspaper
    • Colored paper
    • Office paper
    • Junk mail
    • Paperboard (cereal boxes, cracker boxes etc.)
    • Paperback books (books in good condition may be donated to the Mary Riley Stiles Public Library for resale).
  • Cardboard - Acceptable items include flattened cardboard.

Items Available for Pick Up

  • Leaf Mulch - Beginning around March-April, self-load small quantities of leaf mulch while it lasts
  • No other items may be taken from the Recycling Center