Department of Transportation and Environmental Services Announces Reopening Phases for Resource Recovery

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Department of Transportation and Environmental Services Announces Reopening Phases for Resource Recovery

The City of Alexandria has announced reopening phases for resource recovery services offered by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES). The timing of the T&ES reopening phases is anticipated to align with the phases in the Governor’s “Forward Virginia” blueprint for Northern Virginia, but is subject to change.

The following outlines the City’s plan for resuming waste management/resource recovery services provided by the department. The City is still determining a timeline for lifting COVID-related changes to parking and parking enforcement; many residents continue to have special parking needs as they follow the state's Safest at Home guidance.   

Phase 1

  • Online mulch delivery ordering is now open, with deliveries slated to begin the week of June 15.
  • The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility returns to normal hours of operation (Saturdays and Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, June 8.  

Phase 2          

  • Curbside yard waste collection will resume on Friday, June 19. Yard waste materials will be collected on Fridays only, rather than on regular residential trash collection days, until further notice. The final day of operation for the City's temporary drop-off site for yard waste will be June 12.  
  • Collection of refuse and recycling materials placed outside of City-issued carts will resume on Monday, June 15. This includes items typically considered “bulk” (such as furniture), as well as collection of metal and appliances, which must be scheduled through Alex311.
  • Citywide street sweeping will begin on Monday, June 15. However, enforcement of residential “No Parking” rules related to street sweeping remains suspended. Crews will work around parked cars to the best of their ability; residents who are able to move their vehicles to accommodate street sweeping equipment are encouraged to do so.  

Phase 3

  • Farmers’ market food waste drop-off will resume during Phase 3, date to be determined. (T&ES is focused on reinstating its time-sensitive seasonal services—such as yard waste, mulch, and bulk trash services—in reopening Phases 1 and 2).

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