Inert Materials & Paper Shredding

Shredded paper

Inert Materials

Materials accepted at Inert Materials and Scrap Metal Drop-Off Facility:

  • Asphalt
  • Ceramic tile (no metal mesh)
  • Concrete (no metal rebar, mesh or other metal)
  • Earth
  • Masonry block
  • Rock
  • Sand

Only a small pickup truck load or 3 cubic yards of material can be accepted at the Inert Materials and Scrap Metal Drop-Off Facility.

The following is not accepted as part of the Inert Material Drop-Off Program:

  • Brush
  • Construction debris (paint, drywall, lumber, etc.)
  • Electronic waste (TVs, computers, etc.)
  • Bulk waste (furniture, mattresses, etc.)
  • General trash

Look Up Your Item & How To Prepare

Free Paper Shredding

  • First Saturday of each month (barring holidays or cancellations), from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Inert Materials and Scrap Metal Drop-Off Facility. Please check the calendar of events for specific information or cancellation notices due to inclement weather or holiday closings.
  • Paper shredding is for Arlington County, Va. residents only (sorry, businesses are not allowed). Residents must be prepared to show ID with an Arlington address.
  • Limit of two boxes (no larger than 18 in. x 11 in. x 10 in.), or two paper bags per customer.
  • Acceptable: paper (including staples, paper clips), checks/checkbooks.
  • Unacceptable: magazines, catalogs, credit cards, three-ring binders or phone book-sized material.
  • In a repeating process, paper is collected in a cart that fills rapidly and is then emptied into the shredder; participants can watch as their contributions are destroyed.

Cart Washing Service – April through November

  • Cart washing is for County-provided carts only (Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste).
  • Bring carts empty.
  • The wash cycle takes approximately 2-3 minutes per cart. Allow time to air dry.
  • Available April through November.

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