Mulch & Dirt


Residents can obtain mulch made from recycled leaves from the County’s fall leaf collection or from wood made from tree trimmings and tree removals in Arlington.

Free Mulch Pickup

Residents may pick up free leaf mulch, depending on availability, at the following sites. Wood mulch is currently unavailable for pickup (March 26, 2015). We will update you when we begin to deliver wood mulch to the drop off sites again.

Mulch Delivery

Prices include delivery. Deliveries are made Mon.-Fri. (except holidays), from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s not necessary to be home at the time of delivery. Provide a valid phone number and/or email address so that we may contact you with any questions regarding your mulch delivery request on the day of delivery. Should any issue arise and our staff is unable to contact you, the material will be delivered as requested or returned if there is any obstacle.

Delivered mulch fees will be applied to your next quarterly utility bill. If you don’t have a utility account, call 703-228-6570.

Delivery Location Options

  • Curbside: You must have a minimum of 30 feet of open space away from parked cars and low-hanging wires for mulch delivery. Any mulch left on the roadway or sidewalk must be removed by the resident within 24 hours. Mulch left longer than 24 hours may be removed by the County with no refund.
  • Driveway: County vehicles can only deliver within 6 feet to 8 feet of the driveway apron.

Order Sizes and Prices

  • Leaf mulch – 2.5 cubic yards: $40
  • Leaf mulch – 5 cubic yards: $50
  • Wood mulch – 2.5 cubic yards: $40
  • Wood mulch – 5 cubic yards: $50

Full Load, 5 Cubic Yards

Half Load, 2.5 Cubic Yards

Order Mulch Online

Choose a delivery date from our online calendar and receive immediate confirmation of your scheduled delivery date. Read and agree to the delivery terms and conditions. Your online order form will automatically appear after you accept the terms and conditions.

Order Mulch by Fax or Mail

  1. Download a mulch order form or request one be faxed to you by calling 703-228-6570.
  2. Fax the completed form to 703-228-6493 or mail to Solid Waste Bureau, 4300 29th St. S., Arlington, VA 22206.
  3. Upon receipt of your completed form, a customer service representative will contact you to schedule a delivery date.

Fill Dirt

  • Free fill dirt is available on a limited basis.
  • The dirt consists of sandy, silty, clay material mixed with gravel or small asphalt particles.
  • It contains little vegetative material and is not suitable as a topsoil application without enhancement.

Check the availability of fill dirt by calling 703-228-6570.