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Recycling at Work

The non-residential and multi-family sectors generate two-thirds (2/3) of all trash and recycling in the City of Alexandria.  Therefore, to help achieve the City's goal of 35 percent recycling rate, the City Council passed an ordinance requiring non-residential and multi-family properties to submit a Recycling Implementation Form (RIP form).  The Non-residential/Multi-family Enforcement and Education Program can assist by providing education and outreach to assist with setting up and promoting recycling programs at your residents, school or work.  

More information for renters and non-City served HOA's and condo associations can be found on the Recycling at Condos, Apartments and HOAs

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This page is dedicated to assisting owners, property managers, etc with complying with the new ordinance; providing tenant, employee and staff education and outreach; selecting a solid waste hauler; and working with janitorial staff for a successful program.

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Non-Residential & Multi-Family Recycling Requirements

All Alexandria non-residential, multifamily properties, such as commercial offices, condominiums and apartments, and Homeowners Association's (HOAs) that contract directly for solid waste services, are required to recycle beginning July 1, 2006. These entities are subject to the requirements described under Article H of Title 5, which was unanimously approved by City Council in February 2006.

In order to comply with the new recycling requirements, all non-residential, multifamily properties, and HOAs are required to have a Recycling Implementation Plan Form (RIP) on file. Anyone who has not submitted a RIP form to-date may be subject to penalties ranging from $50 to $500 per month.  To obtain the user identification and password necessary to access your online RIP form, please contact the City's Recycling Program at 703-746-4410 or email:



Tools to Set up a Recycling Program or Educate

The following resources are available to help you begin recycling at your location:

City staff can assist you by conducting a site visit to determine the types of recyclable materials you can recover; determining the appropriate size, location and frequency of collection containers; assist with appropriate informational signs; and suggesting strategies for reducing waste and informing your tenants about how to participate in the program. If you or someone you know needs assistance establishing a program, working with your service provider, or improving a program already in place, please contact the City's Solid Waste Division at 703-746-4410



City of Alexandria "Business Recycling Partners"

The City of Alexandria is recruiting non-residential, multifamily properties, and institutions such as colleges or hospitals to promote and document your organization's recycling success stories!  Whether you are a property owner, restaurant manager, building engineer, cleaning staff, recycling service provider, facilities operations manager, or the recycling program champion for your organization - we want to hear about it!

City of Alexandria Business Recycling Partners 2012 

April: TBD

Trash Away's integrated trash and recycling program maximizes the waste diversion rate at Carlyle Towers.  To learn more about Trash Away and Carlyle Towers' recycling successes, Click Here. 

If you would like to promote your organization's recycling efforts, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 703-746-4410



Special Use Permit Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials Storage Space Guidelines

All new non-residential and multi-family construction and large scale renovations are subject to the new special use permit solid waste and recyclable materials storage space requirements.  The applicant shall provide storage space for trash and recyclable materials containers as outlined in the City's Solid Waste and Recyclables Materials Storage Space Guidelines, or to the satisfaction of the Director of Transportation & Environmental Services.  Please contact Planning and Zoning to find out more about permitting requirements.  Visit: or Call: (703) 746-4035.


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

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