- Effective January 1, 2016: The County Board amended Article IV to require an adjacent recycling container next to any trash container, if the trash can is provided for use by tenants, customers, and visitors, and it is reasonably expected that recyclable materials would be disposed at that location.
- 2011: The Code was also amended to clarify that educational materials have to be distributed to tenants and employees through written or electronic means within 14 days of occupancy and at least annually thereafter.
- 2011: The Code was amended to require the collection of the following recyclable materials: mixed paper, cardboard, metal and aluminum cans, plastic beverage and food containers, and glass bottles and jars.
- 2009: The County Board approved a code amendment to establish an annual fee of $66 to be paid by multi-family and commercial property owners to fund annual compliance visits by Recycling Outreach Specialists.
- 1993: Arlington County adopted a recycling ordinance, Article IV of Chapter 10, which required multi-family and commercial properties to recycle two principle recyclable materials.
- 1991: Arlington County developed its first Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) along with a recycling implementation plan.
- 1983: Chapter 10 of Arlington County Code, “Garbage, Refuse and Weeds,” was established as a result of a mandate from the state and federal governments to manage trash in a safe and effective manner.