Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County Urge Residents to Protect Collection Crews by Minimizing Waste

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Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County Urge Residents to Protect Collection Crews by Minimizing Waste 

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2020

The City of Alexandria, Arlington County and Fairfax County are asking residents to reduce the waste they discard, in order to help protect collection crews. As residents heed the call to stay home, an increase of up to 40% in residential trash tonnage since mid-March has placed strain on regional waste management systems. Refuse and recycling collection are vital to the region’s health and safety, and localities are committed to providing this essential service. Every morning, collection crews report to work while facing the same life challenges as the rest of the community.  

To help ensure crew health and safety, as well as daily completion of routes, residents are asked to follow these guidelines: 

  • Dispose of used wipes, tissues and paper towels in trash bags that are tied shut. 

  • Refrain from generating large amounts of waste--wait to dispose of the bulk materials in your basement, attic or garage until normal operations resume.

  • Flatten cardboard boxes to create more room in recycling carts.

  • For customers with City-issued trash carts, bags and bulk material placed outside the carts will be left uncollected. This change will take effect Monday, April 13. 

  • For customers who do not have City-issued trash carts, all trash must be contained within sealed or securely tied plastic bags (loose and bulk material will be left uncollected).

  • Yard waste pickup in Alexandria remains suspended until further notice; consider backyard composting or grasscycling lawn clippings.

Learn more helpful tips and additional guidance from the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County

For more information on COVID-19 related service changes to Alexandria’s waste management services, visit

For inquiries from the news media, contact Sarah Godfrey, Public Information Officer, at or 703.746.4027.

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