Trash & Recycling

The City offers a variety of trash and recycling services for homes and businesses. This includes general refuse and recycling collection, household hazardous waste and electronics recycling, leaf and yard waste collection, street cleaning, and more.

Page updated on Jan 31, 2020 at 1:59 PM

Refuse Collection

The City generally provides one 64-gallon trash can free to households to residents who receive City-provided trash collection, except in Old Town. Trash cans are City property and must remain at your residence if you move. Another City-issued trash may be purchased if needed, but remains the property of the City of Alexandria.


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.

Drop-Off Centers

The City has four drop-off recycling centers. These centers have recycling containers for residents to deposit recyclables. The drop-off centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 day a week.
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Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling

Many of the products we use every day contain chemicals that are potentially hazardous to our health and the environment. Improper disposal of the products listed below can pollute our environment and cause injury to collection workers. It is our responsibility therefore to properly use, store, and dispose of hazardous waste. All household hazardous waste will is environmentally disposed of by a licensed hazardous waste disposal firm.
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Yard Waste

Residents who receive City refuse services may separate yard waste from regular trash. Yard waste such as grass and leaves can be placed into hard-sided, reusable containers or paper yard-waste bags for collection on your regular refuse day.
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Leaf Collection

From October through December, City crews operate leaf vacuum trucks and collect paper leaf bags throughout the City. Residents who receive City trash collection services will receive three passes during the season. Residents may rake their leaves to the curb or place leaves into paper leaf bags and set them curbside for collection. Leaf bags are collected on your regular trash collection day.
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Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility

The Alexandria/Arlington Waste-to-Energy Facility located at 5301 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria was jointly developed by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County (the Jurisdictions) to handle the waste from the two Jurisdictions. It has been in continuous operation since February 1988, is operated by Covanta Arlington/Alexandria, Inc. (Covanta), and is capable of handling 975 tons of waste each day, while producing 21 megawatts (MW) of energy.
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Waste-to-Energy Facility Monitoring Group (FMG)

The Facility Monitoring Group (FMG) was established in January 2013 by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County (the Jurisdictions) to be the single point of contact for Covanta, the owner and operator of the waste-to-energy facility, to handle the routine operational monitoring, financial management and maintenance of the facility.
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