FAQs: Recycling General
See the Residential Materials Index for a list of all items that can be recycled or disposed of in Fairfax County. In addition to common recyclables, you will find information about recycling computers, motor oil, packaging peanuts and much more!
The only types of plastic that are required to be recycled in
Fairfax County are plastic bottles and jugs. Some companies
also collect additional plastics (e.g., margarine tubs, yogurt
containers) at the curb. Participation is voluntary. Contact whoever picks up your trash for
Drop-off centers are located throughout the county.
If you are a county collection customer, please call 703-802-3322, TTY 711. If a private company collects your trash, please call them directly.
Fairfax County collects trash and recyclables from over 44,000 homes located in Solid Waste Collection Areas. This county service is obtained through a petition process. Call 703-324-5230, TTY 711 for more information. See also Who Picks Up My Trash?
Hundreds of thousands of recyclables are collected annually in Fairfax County. See our online tonnage chart for the latest data. Once collected, recyclables are transported to a materials recovery facility for sorting and packaging. Finally, they are sold to manufacturers to make new products.
Please contact the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.
A-Z List of Recycling and Trash Topics
FAQs: Business Recycling
FAQs: Trash Collection - General
FAQs: Trash Collection - Large (Bulky) Items and Brush
FAQs: Trash Disposal
Materials for Recycling or Disposal