The City of Alexandria collects trash from its residential customers once a week on a designated collection day, Monday through Thursday. Residential customers are charged a Solid Waste User Fee on the residential tax bill on a bi-yearly basis.
The City's 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.
Our streets are an important part of the City's infrastructure. Each year the City resurfaces approximately 22-25 lane miles of City streets using funds provided. Funding for this work is provided annually by the Virginia Department of Transportation based upon a formula that is derived from the total lane miles of paved roadway within the City of Alexandria. This funding also provides for concrete curb and gutter work, asphalt patching and localized repair and engineering studies. The State inspects the City streets, in conjunction with City inspectors, and directs which streets are to be repaired each year. In addition, approximately 2,000 linear feet of brick and concrete sidewalk are repaired or replaced each year along with some additional work supplemented by private contractors.
The Street Cleaning program is responsible for street sweeping and cleaning throughout the City. The crews sweep approximately 30,000 lane miles each year. The Street Cleaning program is also responsible for annual collection of leaves through the Annual Leaf Collection.
The City of Alexandria owns and maintains a total of 33 Highway bridges, Culvert Structures and pedestrian bridges. The average age of these structures is 22+ years. Of the 33, 22 are reportable to state and are on a biannual inspection program. The federally mandated biannual inspections are conducted on regular basis and results transmitted to Virginia Department of Transportation. The inspection results are also used to identify maintenance items and scheduling repairs. Smaller repairs and maintenance is carried out by City's operations and maintenance staff and larger repairs are contracted out.
The City is responsible for inspecting and repairing storm and sanitary sewers, opening stoppages and replacing sewer mains as needed on a routine basis. The City's sewer and drain collection system consists of separated and combined sewers. The City maintains 189 miles and of storm sewer, 240 miles of sanitary sewer and six (6) miles of combined sewer. Other functions include hydrant maintenance and repair, Best Management Practices and Inspections (BMPs), and catch basin maintenance and repair. The City uses a combination of Vactor Trucks, Jet Trucks, Flush Trucks, and CCTV Vans to inspect, maintain and clear pipes of any obstruction throughout the City.
Clearing city streets and sidewalks is a difficult process that takes time, hard work, and good communication between residents, business owners, and the City. The City clears snow from 560 lane miles of roadways, 20 miles of publicly owned sidewalks, walkways, and pathways, and 44 acres of municipal parking lots and publicly owned squares. (Typically, alleys and non-municipal parking lots are not part of the City’s snow removal operations.
Alexandria’s low elevation and its proximity to the Potomac River make it susceptible to flooding. During periods of heavy rain, strong winds, or quick snow melts, residential and commercial properties are threatened with the potential of tidal, wind-driven, and storm surge flooding from the Potomac River and/or flash flooding from its tributaries.