Arlington County provides weekly curbside trash and recycling collection services to all single-family homes, duplexes and some town houses.
- Set your cart out by 6 a.m. on your collection day (and no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before).
- Secure your carts to keep contents from spilling onto the street.
- Remove your carts from the curb within 24 hours of collection.
Backdoor pickups can be arranged for residents who are unable to take their trash and/or recyclables to the curb. Apply for backdoor collection online or call 703-228-6570. Certain restrictions apply.
Missed or Partial Pickup
What’s Required for Recycling?
Place all recyclable materials in the blue recycling cart. Unacceptable materials (such as cardboard boxes containing packing peanuts, Styrofoam or trash, and black or white plastic bags placed outside of the cart containing recyclable materials) will be tagged and left at the curb. Remember to always empty and rinse all containers. Residential home properties are required to recycle the following materials:
- Aluminum cans
- Cardboard (no size restrictions)
- Glass (bottles and jars)
- Metal cans
- Metal household items (large household appliances, bicycles, cabinets, doors, grills, iron furniture, etc.)
- Mixed paper (cardboard, magazines, newspapers, office paper, etc.)
Hard to Recycle Materials
Some items, while recyclable, are not accepted in your blue recycling cart. These items include:
- Wire Hangers – Please reuse or take back a local dry cleaner.
- Small bags of Shredded Paper – Please reuse as kindling or for your compost pile or take back to a local bank. The Solid Waste Bureau also provides monthly shredding for all residents.
- Plastic Bags – Plastic Bags cause damage to the recycling facility machines. If you are unable to reuse your plastic bags, the best way to ensure plastic bags are recycled is to take them to a local grocery store.
What’s Accepted As Trash?
It’s important to recycle and compost as much as possible, but some items go in the trash, including broken household goods.
Bag household trash before placing it in the trash cart. Trash may be left if improperly prepared for collection. Other trash items must be bagged, bundled or containerized for collection.
Bulk Household Items
Household items that are too bulky to be bagged, bundled or put in the trash cart (e.g., large furniture like sofas, mattresses, box springs, futons or home construction debris) no longer require a pickup request. These items can be placed at the curb for regular trash collection, unless they can be dismantled with the metal pieces separated, which can then be recycled.
You must arrange for the disposal of items weighing more than 500 pounds through a private hauler at your own expense.
- Furniture must fit into the back of a trash truck.
- There must be an overhead clearance of approximately 25 feet.
- Don’t pile items under low-hanging power lines or tree limbs.
- Don’t place items next to parked cars; the truck needs at least a 10-foot clearance from cars to avoid possible damage.