The recycling program is tasked with providing recycling collection to eligible single-family homes; encouraging recycling at home, school, and work; as well as providing education about recycling and setting up recycling collection programs.

Page updated on Mar 8, 2021 at 5:16 PM

 Recycling is an everyday way to fight climate change. Recycling saves natural resources, energy and money.  

What Goes Where

What's New

  • City Joins Region in Removing Glass from Curbside Collection to Ensure Recyclability
    Effective January 15, 2020, customers who receive City recycling service must bring glass containers to one of the region’s 25 “purple bin” drop-off locations to ensure the glass will be recycled. Glass placed in the bins is processed at a Fairfax County facility, where it is crushed into gravel and sand or recycled into new glass products.

  • No Plastic Bags in the Recycling Bin

No Plastic Bags

Alexandria's recycling processor does not accept plastic bags, wraps or film of any type in our residential recycling collections. Plastic bags get caught in the sorting machinery creating maintenance shut downs and safety problems for workers. Therefore, please return plastic bags to local grocery stores for recycling. To find the nearest plastic bag drop-off location, click here.


City of Alexandria Recycling Information

Recycling at Home

Information for renters and home owners about what, when, where, why and how to recycle at apartments, condos, home owner associations, and single family homes.

Recycling at Work

Information for property managers, tenants and employees about recycling requirements and what, when, where, why and how to recycle at non-residential buildings.

Recycling On the Go

  Information about recycling at public buildings and special events in the City of Alexandria.

Recycling Drop-Off Centers

Information about the City's drop-off recycling centers in the City of Alexandria.

Glass Recycling

Information about glass recycling in the City of Alexandria.   

Where Do Recyclables Go?

Information about where the City's recyclables go.

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