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Solid Waste & Recycling
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Resource Recovery

What's New       

  • Trash Collection Holiday Schedule
    Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 19, trash, recycling, and yard waste will be collected one day later during this week than regularly scheduled.
  • Leaf Vacuuming Now Completed
    Any leaf bags should be placed next to your trash cart on your regular collection day to be collected as yard waste.
  • Yard Waste Is Easy To Recycle; Just Watch Our New Video!
    Are you one of the many Alexandrians recycling yard waste each week? Watch this video to learn more about the City's Yard Waste collection program. Remember, for regular collection each week, simply place small amounts of waste such as grass clippings, dead plants or brush, into rigid, reusable containers or paper yard waste bags at the curb next to refuse containers. For larger items, such as branches or logs that are too big or heavy to fit into a container, request a special pick up using Call.Click.Connect. to schedule an appointment. 

  • New Standard Size for Trash Carts
    The Resource Recovery Division will now provide residents that receive trash collection services with a 64 gallon trash cart (similar to the 64 gallon recycling cart) as the new standard size for trash collection services.  These carts will only be replaced, as needed.  The new carts are easier to handle and offer the added benefit of reducing risk of injury to collection crew members.  Due to increased participation in the recycling and yard waste collection programs, customer requests for the larger 96 gallon cart have decreased. The larger 96 gallon carts will continue to be available by special request.  No city-wide cart exchange will be performed.
  • 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.
  • Resource Recovery Station Information
    Are you interested in composting food waste, but aren’t able to do so at home? The City’s Solid Waste Division now has Resource Recovery Stations, located at the City's Farmers’ Markets . Staff will be on site to explain how food yard waste programs work at home, and accept items for composting. There will also be compost tubs available to purchase for $5; each one conveniently has a lid, handle, and small enough to transport food waste to and from home, disposing items at the stations located in the Farmers’ Markets. 

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Refuse Programs
Learn more about curbside refuse collection, who is eligible, how to prepare items for collection, and how to request a service.

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

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


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.

Resource Recovery Reports and Documents 

  • State of Recycling Report - Fiscal Year 2011 -- The State of Recycling Report was developed to inform residents about the current Solid Waste Division recycling programs, tonnages, and costs and benefits in the City of Alexandria.
  • 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.
  • Sign Up for Solid Waste & Recycling eNews -- 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 City of Alexandria's Free eNews service you can receive updates about recycling and solid waste plus over 80 additional topics that interest you.

Extension of Waste Disposal and Service Agreement with Covanta Energy

In January 2012, Alexandria and Arlington entered into a new Waste Disposal and Service Agreement with Covanta Energy for processing the jurisdictions' solid waste. This contract was approved unanimously by both the City Council and County Board and established an initial term through 2019. 

However, this new Agreement left open several decisions that need to be made for the continued use of the facility by the Jurisdictions. So, as part of the 2012 approval process the Council and Board directed staff to conduct a third-party economic analysis to evaluate the agreement, extension options and costs of waste disposal alternatives to support their decision-making process. The analysis is now complete and the issue at hand is whether or not the jurisdictions should extend the term of the agreement, and if so, in what time frame.

In brief, the jurisdictions can take over ownership of the Facility in 2025, or could elect to extend their site lease with Covanta to 2038, with the jurisdictional tip fee (the per ton waste disposal rate) dropping to $0 for the period from 2025 through 2038 and with the facility and site then returning to the jurisdictions in 2038.

2900-B Business Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.751.2569

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.