The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) is a biannual event at which residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), bikes, small metal items and other recyclable items.

Before you come to E-CARE, talk to your neighbors. Combine your items and save a trip to the collection site. Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted.

When is the next E-CARE?

Spring 2022 E-CARE day and time TBD.

Accepted Materials

  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries
  • Car care products
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Corrosives (acids/caustics)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable solvents
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fuels/petroleum products
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Paint products (25-can limit)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons (pesticides)
  • Printer ink/toner cartridges
  • Propane gas cylinders (small hand-held or larger)
  • Swimming pool chemicals

Unaccepted Materials


Electronics including computers, printers, keyboards, scanners, copiers, cellphones and televisions (no large wooden console TVs) will be collected curbside from residential trash/recycling/yard waste customers with an online request for electronics pickup or by calling 703-228-5000 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. See below for fees involving old-style cathode ray televisions and computer monitors.

Items can also be dropped off at the Electronics Collection and Recycling Center.

There is a fee only for the old-style cathode ray televisions ($20) and cathode ray computer monitors ($15). All other screen and monitor drop-offs are free. Cash must be exact change. Checks should be made payable to “Arlington County Treasurer.”


We’ll collect household devices containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, manometers, barometers, hygrometers and liquid mercury). CFLs will also be collected on site.

Where Does It Go?

Bikes, Small Metal Items

Bikes for the World will be accepting serviceable and repairable bikes to be sent to countries where they are needed for basic transportation. A $10 donation per bike is requested to offset shipping charges. Portable sewing machines, bike parts and accessories are also collected and shipped overseas with reconditioned bikes. For more information, call 703-740-7856.

Acceptable small metal items include pots, pans, tools, pipes, venetian blinds, small appliances and metal items fitting an 11-1/2-inch by 46-inch opening.

Small metal items can be dropped off at the Earth Products YardEarth Products Yard Call 703-228-5000 for an appointment.

Empty paint cans

HHM Drop-Off Guidelines

  • Materials should be in their original containers or properly labeled.
  • Leaking containers should be over-packed to prevent spills.
  • Nonhazardous trash materials will not be accepted.
  • Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted.
  • Bring ID to verify residency.
  • Materials are accepted only during posted event hours.
  • Smoking isn’t allowed at the drop-off site.

Pro tip: Pack your vehicle in reverse order of E-CARE drop-off. So electronics go in firstHHM next, then lastly and most accessible – metals and bicycles. It’ll make unloading much faster.