FAQs: Recycling General


What are the basic recycling requirements for Fairfax County?


What materials can I recycle?

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!


What plastics can I recycle?

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 more information.  


Where are the recycling drop-off centers located?

Drop-off centers are located throughout the county.


Who should I call to get a recycling bin?

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.


Why do some people get county collection and others have private collection companies?

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?


How much material is collected for recycling annually?

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.


More Questions?

Please contact the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.


See Also:
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



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