Temporary Drop-Off Site for Yard Waste

Page updated on Apr 26, 2020 at 11:49 AM

yard_waste_stock_photo_smTemporary Drop-Off Site for Yard Waste

Starting on Tuesday, April 28, the City of Alexandria will offer yard waste drop off for residents to dispose of their grass, leaves, brush and branches. The temporary drop-off location has been opened in response to Alexandria residents seeking a way to dispose of their yard waste after the City’s suspension of curbside collection earlier this month. The drop-off is for City of Alexandria residents only.

Location and Hours

  • The yard waste drop-off is located at 4251 Eisenhower Avenue (in the City’s leaf processing yard) will begin operations on Tuesday, April 28.
  • It and is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guidelines for Using the Drop-Off Facility

  • Residents will be allowed to drop off yard waste in containers that they are able to empty or in biodegradable paper bags to be ground and processed.

  • The drop-off site is for Alexandria residents only; residents must show government ID or a piece of mail showing their name and address to confirm residency. Contractors and other commercial entities will not be permitted to use the site.

  • Residents are responsible for removing their items from their vehicle and putting them in the appropriate container (staff will be on-site to help control traffic and monitor materials).

  • Residents are asked to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to maintain six feet of physical distance and wear cloth face coverings in public while they are depositing items at the site.

  • Dirt, sod, stumps, rocks, and stones are not acceptable. 

  • Accessing the Drop-Off Site

    Due to ongoing road work in the area, residents approaching the facility from the east will be required to pass the facility, turn around, and enter a queue so that they can turn into the facility from the west. City staff will be on-site to help direct this traffic.


    Why Is the City Offering Yard Waste Drop Off?

    The City suspended its curbside yard waste collection earlier this month to minimize risk to employees in light of COVID-19. Refuse collectors, like many essential workers, are taking a risk just by coming to work each day. Additionally, they're facing the challenge of a historic 30% increase in trash and recycling volume—this, coupled with additional cleaning and safety protocols related to the virus, makes for a much longer, more difficult workday. Suspending yard waste collection, along with a handful of other resource recovery services, allows staff to focus on the safe, timely collection of trash and recycling, which are essential services that support public health.

    More Information

    For more information on the City's yard waste program, visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste

    For information on other COVID-19 related service changes to Alexandria's waste management services, visit the COVID-19 service change page