E-CARE, Arlington's Fall Recycling Day, Set for Sept. 24

Published on September 20, 2016


  • Held rain or shine

  • Exchange CFL bulbs for better LED versions

  • Bring items from neighbors to save trips


Time for some fall cleaning.

Arlington County holds its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road.

E-CARE gives residents the one-stop opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous household materials (HHM) that have accumulated over the summer or even years. There's also the opportunity to recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and other materials.

HHM are products found around the home that are flammable, corrosive, poisonous or otherwise potentially hazardous. They include items like automotive fluid, car-care products, fluorescent light bulbs, corrosives, household cleaners and propane gas cylinders.

Tip: Save trips to the collection site by bringing along items from neighbors.

computers wrapped up at e-care 2013

Exchange old CFL lightbulbs for a new LED version (one per household), courtesy of Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE).

Place all materials in the original container or label them clearly. Place any leaking containers inside an extra protective layer. Bring ID to confirm work or residency in Arlington.

The full, extensive list of acceptable items collected at E-CARE is available online.

E-CARE this past spring saw 1,286 residents participate with a total of 64,000 lbs. of household hazardous materials collected — nearly filling two tractor trailers.