City of Alexandria, VA
The City of Alexandria collects trash from its residential customers once a week on a designated collection day, Monday through Thursday. Residential customers are charged a Solid Waste User Fee on the residential tax bill on a bi-yearly basis.
Collection in Old Town
If you live in Old Town Alexandria or in a town home community with limited access, your location may preclude the use of the 96-gallon refuse cans. Please use approved refuse containers to store bagged trash outdoors.
Set Out Times
Set out refuse and recycling containers no earlier than 5 pm the day prior to collection, and no later than 6 am on collection day:
Please refer to the online map browser to determine your collection day.
Set Out Placement
In most single family neighborhoods, City crews collect household refuse at the curb. In most Old Town neighborhoods, collection takes place in alleys. All recycling is collected at the curb, If you are unsure where to place your refuse, please call the Solid Waste Division at 703-746-4410.
For elderly and handicapped residents, collection crews will remove refuse from containers at the door. Residents can request this service by mailing the completed the Backdoor Request Form to:
Solid Waste Division
General Items: Please consider donation before disposal, when possible
Special Items: Batteries, Brush, Bulky Items, Glass/Mirrors, Hazardous Waste, Helium Tanks, Knives, Metal Items, Needles/Syringes, Paint, Prescription Drugs, Propane Tanks, Rugs, Smoke Alarms, TV's/Computers, Welding and other pressurized tanks and Yard Waste.
Brush Items: Must be no larger than 2-3 inches in diameter; no longer than four (4) feet in length; be bundled and weigh no more than 75 pounds per bundle. Logs or stumps are not accepted. Set out next to trash can on your on regular trash collection day.
Glass or Mirrors: Must be wrapped with several layers of newspaper or cardboard, taped at the edges and labeled as "Glass" and then placed in the refuse. Broken glass should be disposed of in a hard plastic container and then placed in the refuse.
Hazardous Waste: Residents are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste to the City’s household hazardous waste collection site.
*Residents may bring recyclable metal items to Covanta free, once a week. Please see more information below.
Needles/Syringes*: Should be disposed of in a hard plastic container, such as a detergent bottle, capped securely, and labeled as “Sharps, then placed in the refuse.” Needles and Syringes should never go into the recycling bin.
*What about medical waste generated by medical care workers in your home? Medical waste produced by health care workers (physicians, nurses, home health aides, etc.) as a result of providing medical care in the home is not home generated medical waste. It is Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and must be disposed of by a licensed RMW disposal company. The responsibility for the proper and safe disposal of regulated medical waste rests with the health care provider providing services in the home.
Paint: must be dry in order to be eligible for refuse collection (add kitty litter or sawdust to the paint to speed up the drying process). Paint in liquid form can either be saved for touch ups or brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site.
Rugs: Must be no longer than 6 feet in length, rolled up and secured closed. Set out on regular trash collection day.
Televisions/Computers: Unusable televisions and computers, as well as, other unusable electronics can be brought to the City’s Electronics Recycling drop-off collection site or can be set out with your normal trash. *Please see weight limitations.
Welding Cylinders/Tanks: Welding cylinder tanks containing oxygen, acetylene or helium should be returned to the gas/welding supplier. The City does not accept these tanks at the curb, drop-off recycling locations are at the household hazardous waste site.
The following items are NOT ACCEPTABLE for curbside collection:
Ammunition/Explosives: Residents call the Police Department’s non-emergency number for disposal; 703-838-4444.
Construction/Building Materials: Includes Asphalt, Brick, Cement, Ceramic, Cinder Block, Concrete, Drywall, Marble, Porcelain, and Slate.To recycle the materials, use WMCOG Builder’s recycling guide for local recycling facilities for a specific material. These materials can also be brought to local solid waste disposal facilities.
Radioactive/Biological Materials: Contact private disposal company, e.g.: Clean Harbors, 540-977-3181; Clean Venture, Inc., 757-543-0185 or Potomac Environmental, 804-288-5043.
Rocks, Dirt, & Sand: To recycle the materials, use WMCOG Builder’s recycling guide for local recycling facilities for a specific material. These materials can also be brought to local solid waste disposal facilities.
Stumps: These materials can also be brought to local solid waste disposal facilities (several are listed below).
Thermometers and Thermostats: Containing mercury, bring to the household hazardous waste collection site.
Please call the local disposal facilities to learn more about acceptable materials, how to prepare materials, and the cost of disposal.
Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility*
5301 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA
Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Materials NOT accepted as Trash: Stumps, rocks, dirt, sand, pressurized cylinders/tanks, metal items*, construction and building debris, hazardous waste, ammunition/explosives, regulated medical waste and radioactive/geological materials.
Refrigerators and Dehumidifiers No Longer Accepted for Disposal at Covanta Waste to Energy Facility
Appliances that contain a refrigerant are no longer accepted for disposal as scrap metal at the Covanta Waste to Energy facility, located on Eisenhower Ave. If you receive disposal services from the City, please call the Solid Waste Division at 703.746.4410 to make an appointment for curbside collection pick up. Residents who do not receive City refuse collection services should visit alexandriava.gov/Recycle for disposal instructions.
*Alexandria residents can drop off small amounts of trash and debris, as well as, metal items for recycling once a week, (limit 500 pounds) free-of-charge at Covanta. Upon arrival, check in at the scale house for instructions. A valid City sticker on your car is required.
Alexandria Waste Recovery Facility
625 Burnside Place, Alexandria, VA
Hilltop Construction Demolition Landfill
7950 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA
10001 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA
600 Greentree Lane, Dumfries, VA
Spring Clean-Up Information-Save the Date!
For residents who receive residential refuse collection services, don’t forget to clear out household clutter by placing unwanted bulky trash and metal items at the curb this spring. The City is divided into four collection areas and each area is assigned a unique Saturday for Spring Clean-Up throughout April and May. Remember, metals should be separated from other collection items left at the curb, because City refuse crews will be making a special collection for these metal materials. Also, if your street is a boundary line, consider the middle of the road the divider. Your collection area will be designated by the date of the area closest to your side of the street.
To locate your Spring Clean-Up Area and collection date please see the below map or call the Solid Waste Division Office at 703-746-4410.
Spring Clean up is an opportunity for residents to set out unusable items to be collected on specific dates, as designated on the map. Items are disposed of at the Covanta Energy from Waste facility and other local landfills. Please consider donation before setting out items for the Spring Clean Up program. Learn More!
City Residential Curbside Solid Waste Customers only.
Ineligible Materials and Material Preparation Information
Ineligible Items include:
Material Preparation Information:
*NOTE: Please ensure all materials are set out at the correct time. Crews will not make second trips into areas after the first pass, these materials, which are eligible, will be collected with regualer weekly refuse collection.Collection Map and Dates.
*If your street is a boundary line, consider the middle of the road the divider, and your area will be the area closest to your side of the street.
If you have any further questions, or for your Spring Clean-Up date please contact the Solid Waste Division at (703) 746-4410 or email.