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Resource Recovery
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Resource Recovery

What's New       

  • Yard Waste Collection Reminder 
    Due to recent inclement weather, there may be additional debris, branches, and fallen trees and limbs that need removal.  T&ES reminds residents there are 2 ways to dispose of yard waste:
     
    1. Yard Waste - Regular Collection:
    Place yard waste into rigid/reusable containers or paper yard-waste bags and place next to your refuse container for collection on your regular trash collection day.    
    2. Yard Waste - Collection by Request:
    Brush, branches and logs that are too bulky or heavy to fit into a container are collected curbside by request.  Remember items need to be less than 18 inches in diameter and less than 10 feet long (no tree stumps).  First place items at the curb, and then use Call.Click.Connect or call 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357) to request a pick up.    
  • City Reports 48% Recycling Rate in 2014
    The Resource Recovery Division reported a 48% recycling rate for 2014 to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  This rate includes material that is diverted from traditional disposal methods and includes items recycled by both residents and business within the City. In addition this recycling rate includes organic material collected through our leaf collection, yard waste, and composting pilot programs. As part of the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative we have a year 2020 recycling rate goal of 65%. We need your help in achieving this goal. For residents living in housing with yards who are already recycling their papers, cardboard, and food containers, the next step to help boost the rate is to ensure that yard waste is being separated from regular trash for composting. For residents who live in apartments and condominiums without yards, the critical step is to locate your building’s recycling containers and recycle everything allowed at your building.  
  • One-Hour Early Start for Trash & Recycling Collection 
    Refuse and recycling collection will shift to ‘warm weather hours’ and pick up operations will begin an hour earlier starting Monday, May 4.  Remember, refuse and recycling materials should be set out by 6 a.m. on your regular collection day and location.  For more information visit alexandriava.gov/Refuse
  • 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 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.

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Trash Programs
Learn more about residential trash 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.


Overview

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  

  • 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.

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.

The Facility Monitoring Group (FMG) 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.