Updated July 19, 2019 at 12 p.m.
The County took special measures to assist residential curbside customers in trash collection efforts following the July 8 damaging storm. This service was in addition to the weekly trash collection by the County contractors. Over 110 tons of trash was collected through this service, the equivalent of the total weight of 16 school buses. Most of the debris had to be hand-collected and lifted by County crews.
To assist with cleanup and ensure the safety of our crews, we always encourage proper preparation of items for collection and disposal. To learn how to properly prepare your trash for pick up, visit our Trash & Recycling page.
Standard guidelines for trash/recycling curbside pickup
- County carts must weigh less than 200 pounds. Personal containers and plastic bags must weigh less than 50 pounds.
- Construction materials, like drywall, must measure under 4×4 feet or be placed in a plastic bag and weigh less than 50 pounds.
- Household items too bulky to be bagged, bundled or put in the trash cart (e.g., large furniture or home construction debris) do not 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.
- Furniture must fit into the back of a trash truck.
- For household hazardous materials, electronics and bulk metal, residents can schedule a curbside special collection online or by calling the DES Contact Center at 703-228-5000.
Residents must arrange for the disposal of items weighing more than 500 pounds through a private hauler at their own expense.