County Board Approves Recycling Center Move to Trades Center

Published on December 13, 2016

  • Move will allow better monitoring of recycling drop-offs

  • Leaves, yard waste, inert materials already recycled at center

The Arlington County Board has approved moving the self-service recycling center at Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run Drive to the nearby Arlington Trades Center on South Taylor Street at South Arlington Mill Drive.

The Board voted 5-0 to approve a use permit that will allow the 1.5-mile move from the current facility to the new location. The new location will be called the "Trades Center Recycling Center and Earth Products Recycling Yard." To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 18 on the agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 Recessed County Board Meeting.

"This is a much better solution for the recycling center," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "We already do a lot of recycling at the Trades Center, and County workers will be better able to monitor recycling at this location, to make sure the site is maintained properly and remains litter-free."

Broad recycling program at Trades Center

The County already has a broad recycling program at the Trades Center. Leaves and yard waste are collected and recycled into leaf and wood mulch, which is provided free to residents, or used for County landscaping projects. Also, inert materials brought to the facility, such as dirt, asphalt and concrete, are processed and re-used in County road and other construction projects.

Residents have expressed concerns in recent years about the current facility's appearance at a busy intersection and instances of illegal dumping. The switch to the Trades Center, the major support facility for County infrastructure and transportation, will allow for better monitoring, ensuring better maintenance and cleanliness.

Recycling center hours will match Trades Center entry gate hours

The site at Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run Drive had been accessible 24-hours a day. The new recycling center hours will match those of the Trades Center entry gates: Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

The new center will likely be ready for use by mid-January.


County staff made presentations about the potential move, and offered Trades Center tours for homeowner groups and civic associations.

The fiscal impact from the move is expected to be minimal.

[caption id="attachment_10460" align="alignright" width="300"]Free Mulch sign Arlington's Trades Center offers free mulch to residents.[/caption]

Recycling in Arlington

In Fiscal Year 2016, the County collected the equivalent of 254 tons of material from the Four Mile Run recycling center.

Arlington offers a second self-serve recycling site at the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Quincy Street in Quincy Park.

Residents and small businesses in Arlington can use both facilities free of charge. Center bins accept single stream recyclable materials, including mixed paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, food containers and glass.