Recycling is an everyday way to fight climate change. Recycling saves natural resources, energy and money.
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.
Recycled Glass Used in Sandbags for Hurricane Isaias Response
On August 3, the City of Alexandria distributed sandbags to residents and businesses in advance of Hurricane Isaias. Some of the sandbags that were distributed were filled with sand made from glass that Alexandria residents have deposited in the purple, glass-only drop-off recycling bins in city and around the region! 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! So, if you picked up a sandbag and thought it smelled just a little bit like wine, you weren't imagining things; the sand was created, in part, from your recycled wine and beer bottles! Read more about the purple bin program.
The Resource Recovery Division received the
Virginia Recycling Association's "Show Me the Way Award" for the new
Recycle Right sorting game! The award recognizes organizations that have taken actions to have a positive impact on people's understanding of how to recycle. The City's new sorting game teaches children age 7 and up to properly sort recyclables, yard waste, and trash. Test your knowledge of sorting using City services and build your own digital Alexandria park. Visit
alexandriava.recycle.game to play!
No Plastic Bags in the Recycling Bin
Alexandria's recycling processor no longer accepts plastic bags 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.
- Need a new recycling container or a different size?
Visit the 'Recycling at Home' webpage.
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City of Alexandria Recycling Information
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Information about recycling at public buildings and special events in the City of Alexandria.