Recycling 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.

Page updated on Apr 18, 2019 at 11:32 AM

The City has four drop-off recycling centers. These centers have recycling containers for residents and small businesses to deposit single stream recyclables. The drop-off centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Recycling Drop-Off CenterLocations

Materials Accepted

Please place the correct material in the correct container 

  • Mixed containers: Aluminum & steel cans and plastic bottles & jugs.
  • Mixed Paper: Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, white & colored paper, junk mail, phone books, hard back books, pizza boxes, paperboard (cereal/cracker boxes, paper towel rolls, soda boxes, etc.), and junk mail including all envelopes. 
  • Flattened Cardboard 

Unacceptable Materials

  • Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts 
  • Plastic Bags 
  • Pots and Pans 
  • Non-accepted plastic containers and bags: Plastic containers are made with different types of plastic and are formed differently. This causes these containers to melt at a different temperature. To know which plastic containers your recycling program accepts, contact your property manager or owner. Plastic grocery bags are collected at most neighborhood grocery stores.
  • For more information on recycling plastics, please read the following article " Recycling Plastic: Complications and Limitations."

New! Glass Recycling Drop-Off

Glass Drop-Off Bin(1) The City is pleased to launch glass drop-off centers across Alexandria to provide an option to recover and recycle glass. Purple glass only drop-off bins have been placed at the City's four recycling drop-off centers. For more information on glass recovery and what items are accepted and not accepted, please  click here.


As the markets change and develop, what is and is not recyclable may change. The City of Alexandria's Recycling Program will work to keep you informed about what is and is not recyclable.

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