Reduce, Reuse & Other Recycling Opportunities

Remember, it’s REDUCE, REUSE and then RECYCLE. Reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place will help reduce the amount of materials that need disposal. Many items that you no longer need may still be useable, can find another home and extend its life.

Page updated on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:39 PM

New! - City of Alexandria's Reuse Directory

Reuse Directory Map

*Hours and store availability may currently be impacted due to COVID-19. Please check with the retailer for the most up-to-date information.

The City of Alexandria is committed to recovering resources sustainably. Reducing waste and reusing is the most effective way to save natural resources, protect the environment, and reduce costs.

The City of Alexandria is excited to launch an online Reuse Map & Directory. This directory allows the user to find locations to donate, repair, and consign materials through local vendors and businesses. The creation of this Reuse Directory was identified as a short-term action item for the City’s WasteSmart Strategic Plan and the Environmental Action Plan. Navigate through the Reuse Directory Map and for additional information for individual vendors, visit this live spreadsheet.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of any of the businesses or individuals listed nor is it an official list or publication of the City of Alexandria. It is offered as an informal resource and is not exhaustive of all similarly focused shops in the local area.  If you would like to add your business or service to this list of resources, please e-mail us at

Reduce/Reuse Ideas

Reduce Food Waste
Prevent food waste with tips for shopping wisely, using the food you have, and keeping food fresh longer. Check out Save the Food's website for tools such as an interactive dinner party calculator, a digital tool to help you create your next shopping list to meal prep, an interactive storage guide, and more. 

Stop Junk Mail 
Residents can stop credit card solicitations and other types of unwanted mail through various outlets.  Check out this website to learn how to stop the junk mail

Builders Recycling Guide
Visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Builders Recycling Guide to search for companies that recycle construction and demolition materials in the DC Metro area. 

Ideas for Simplifying the Holidays
Looking for ideas to simplifying the holidays?  Check out this  Guide put together by New Dream based in Charlottesville, VA.

UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Consider donating reusable items that can be used for arts & crafts and learning purposes. UpCycle CRC offers a place to combine imagination with everyday stuff to transform the mundane into something unique and special.  For more information visit