Arlington, Alexandria & Fairfax Urge Residents to Reduce Waste

Published on April 06, 2020

Arlington County, along with the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County, are asking residents to reduce the waste they discard, in order to help protect collection crews.

As residents heed the call to stay home, an increase of up to 40 percent in residential trash tonnage since mid-March has placed strain on regional waste management systems. Refuse and recycling collection are vital to the region's health and safety, and localities are committed to providing this essential service. Every morning, collection crews report to work while facing the same life challenges as the rest of the community.

To help ensure crew health and safety, as well as daily completion of routes, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Dispose of used wipes, tissues and paper towels in trash bags that are tied shut.

  • Minimize setting extra bags outside the cart.

  • Refrain from generating large amounts of waste — Keep your spring cleaning pile in the basement, attic or garage until normal operations resume. (Bulk item pickup is suspended.)

  • Flatten cardboard boxes to create more room in recycling carts.

  • Consider backyard composting or grasscycling lawn clippings.

Learn more helpful tips and additional guidance for Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County.