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The Resource Recovery Division, part of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES), is committed to providing public services in a professional and courteous manner. It is our goal to provide services that protect the environment and respond to the needs of the community at the least possible cost. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort between Alexandria citizens, businesses, and City government.

Refuse Collection Program thumbnailTrash Programs

Learn more about residential trash collection, who is eligible, how to prepare items for collection, and how to request a service.

Recycling Program thumbnailRecycling Programs

Learn more about recycling at home, school, work and 'on the go', as well as, other environmentally friendly programs in the City.

Street Cleaning Program thumbnailStreet Cleaning Programs

Learn about the various street cleaning programs such as annual leaf collection and adopt-a-block programs.

What's New    

  • Service Update:  Due to the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, February 15, City-provided trash and recycling services will slide one day throughout the week.  The City's Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Center located at 3224 Colvin Street will be closed on Monday, February 15.
  • Multi-Family Composting Pilot Starts at Condominiums Located on North Fayette Street
    At the request of residents and property management of the Henry condominiums, located at 525 North Fayette Street, staff has started a pilot program that will evaluate the feasibility of collecting food scraps for composting from multi-family buildings.  Twenty-five residents recently attended a "Living Green in the City" seminar where they learned about this food waste composting program.  Attendees received a kitchen countertop storage container to collect unwanted fruits, vegetables, and other non-meat foods. Residents simply empty their individual containers into larger storage units located on the ground level, where food waste is then taken off-site to be composted into a natural fertilizer.  The City received a $10,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund this pilot program which is anticipated to run for six months. The EPA estimates that 20% of regular trash consists of food waste.  Staff is working to find another location to implement another pilot later this year.  For more information about managing organic waste visit   
  • New Guide to Recycling, Yard Waste, and Trash Collection Services
    This guide, designed for both new and longtime residents, will help you learn how the Resource Recovery Division converts waste into a resource, and shows the important role each of us plays in the process.  The guide, arranged by material type, is color-coded for easy reference and includes all the information you need to know about our services, from recycling to yard waste to street cleaning, and more.  The guide's paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and contains 10% recycled fiber.

Reports & Documents 

Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP)

The SWMP was developed in response to regulations adopted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in 2001 that require all local Virginia jurisdictions to submit updated twenty-year plans by July 1, 2004. The plan meets the state requirements and lays the groundwork for the future expansion of the City's solid waste programs.

Subscribe to Resource Recovery eNews Alerts

Would you like to receive more information about recycling and solid waste programs? Need a quick reminder when refuse service will be delayed due to a holiday? With the Alexandria eNews service you can receive updates about recycling and solid waste plus over 80 additional topics that interest you.

Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility 

The Alexandria/Arlington Waste-to-Energy Facility located at 5301 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA  was jointly developed by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County to handle waste disposal.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Facility Monitoring Group (FMG)

The Facility Monitoring Group was established in January 2013 by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County to be the single point of contact for Covanta, the owner and operator of the Waste-to-Energy facility; handling the routine operational monitoring, financial management and maintenance of the facility.