Learn more about residential trash collection, who is eligible, how to prepare items for collection, and how to request a service.
Learn more about recycling at home, school, work and 'on the go', as well as, other environmentally friendly programs in the City.
Learn about the various street cleaning programs such as annual leaf collection and adopt-a-block programs.
What Goes Where
- Plastic Bag Tax
The City has adopted an ordinance to impose a five-cent tax for disposable plastic bags offered at grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores. This tax would be charged for every bag provided at checkout. The tax effective date is January 1, 2022.
- Solid Waste Hauler Permit
The annual Solid Waste Hauler Permitting process is now closed. Haulers are required to renew their permits by June 30, 2021.
- New! - 2021 Guide to Recycling, Yard Waste, and Trash Collection Services
This guide, designed for both new and longtime residents, will help you learn how the Resource Recovery Division converts waste into a resource, and shows the important role each of us plays in the process. The guide, arranged by material type, is color-coded for easy reference and includes all the information you need to know about our services, from recycling to yard waste to street cleaning, and more. This guide is also available in Spanish and Amharic.
- Recycling Implementation Plan Submissions Due
All City businesses and multi-family property owners are required to update their Recycling Implementation Plans (RIP forms) every two years.
- City Joins Region in Removing Glass from Curbside Collection to Ensure Recyclability
Effective January 15, 2020, customers who receive City recycling service must bring glass containers to one of the region’s 25 “purple bin” drop-off locations to ensure the glass will be recycled.
Reports & Documents
The WasteSmart Plan is a 20-year strategic plan that guides the City's sustainable resource recovery management. This plan was adopted by City Council on January 12, 2019.
The SWMP was developed in response to regulations adopted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in 2001 that require all local Virginia jurisdictions to submit updated twenty-year plans by July 1, 2004. The plan meets the state requirements and lays the groundwork for the future expansion of the City's solid waste programs.
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The Facility Monitoring Group was established in January 2013 by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County to be the single point of contact for Covanta, the owner and operator of the Waste-to-Energy facility; handling the routine operational monitoring, financial management and maintenance of the facility.
Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility
The Alexandria/Arlington Waste-to-Energy Facility located at 5301 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA was jointly developed by the City of Alexandria and Arlington County to handle waste disposal.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.