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Resource Recovery

What's New       

  • Holiday Schedule - Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection
    Due to the Columbus Day holiday on October 12, City-provided collection services will be delayed one day.  In addition, the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, October 12.  The Center is located at 3224 Colvin Street.
  • Return to Regular Hours for Refuse & Recycling Collection
    Effective October 1, refuse and recycling collection services return to a 7:00 a.m. pickup start time.  To avoid head during the summer, crews had be starting an hour early.  Trash and recycling should be placed out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Leaf Collection Starts Monday, October 26th through Wednesday, December 30.  
    For leaf vacuuming, the City is divided into five zones, each with a specific collection start date.  Each zone will receive three passes.  Leaves are also collected in paper leaf bags on a weekly basis. To determine your leaf zone or for details about the program visit 
  • 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  
  • 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.


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.