Arlington County provides weekly curbside recycling collection services through a private contractor to all single family homes, duplexes and some town homes. Call the Utilities Services Office at (703) 228-6570, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to set up a new utilities account for water, sewer and trash/recycling collection services.
Backdoor pickups can be arranged for residents who are unable to take their trash and/or recyclables to the curb. For more information and to request an application, please call (703) 228-6570. Certain restrictions apply.
Missed or Partial Pickup
Please report a missed or partial pickup by noon of the next business day so that we may collect it or it will be collected on your next regularly scheduled collection day. You pay report it online using our Missed Pickup form, or call (703) 228-6570.
Place all recyclable materials in the blue recycling cart. Unacceptable materials will be tagged and left at the curb. Remember to always empty and rinse all containers! All residential home properties are required to recycle the following materials:
For more details, look up your item on our Where Does It Go? chart >>
Learn about how you can reduce and reuse by donating to charity and community organizations >>
Don't see your item or still have questions about disposal? Call (703) 228-6570.
Each household is assigned a blue recycling cart. This cart has been electronically linked to your address, with a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) to record the cart's identification number, date and time of collection. This tracks how many carts are set out on any given day and allows the County to target our outreach efforts and help better plan the collection routes.
We ask that you record the number on your cart and keep it at your property. Do not take it when you move. If the cart is destroyed due to misuse or abuse, a replacement fee may be charged.
Exchange or Return of Recycling Cart
If you have an overflow of recycling that cannot fit in your blue cart, please follow one of the options:
Personal Container Requirements
There is a 200 lb. limit on the weight of contents placed in trash carts. Additional containers, whether bags or cans, have a weight limit of 50 lbs. each. The weight restriction is imposed for the safety of our crews. If you violate these weight restrictions, a fine may be charged.
Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of recycling carts and for damage due to misuse or abuse. If your cart is broken and needs to be repaired, you can request a recycling cart repair online 24/7 or call (703) 228-6570, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Missed or Partial Pickup
Please report a missed or partial pickup by noon of the next business day so that we may collect it or it will be collected on your next regularly scheduled collection day. You pay report it online using our Missed Pickup Form, or call (703) 228-6570.
Arlington County operates two recycling Drop-off Centers that are available to residents 24/7:
KNOW YOUR RECYCLING