FAQs: Trash Collection - Large (Bulky) Items and Brush


I need to have a large (bulky) item picked up from my curb. Who do I call to schedule a special collection?

If you have county trash and recycling service, call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or schedule the collection online. See detailed guidelines in the Trash and Recycling Collection Guidelines for Sanitary Districts. If a private company collects your trash and recyclables, contact them or an alternate junk removal service to arrange for a special collection.


I need to have a large amount of brush picked up from my curb. Who do I call to schedule a special collection?

If you have county trash and recycling service, call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or schedule the collection online. See detailed guidelines in the Trash and Recycling Collection Guidelines for Sanitary Districts. If a private company collects your trash and recyclables, contact them to arrange for a special collection.  Brush is banned from disposal in Fairfax County, so you cannot ask a junk removal service to collect it.


I just had a home remodeling project completed (or a large tree removed). As a result, I have a very large quantity of material to be collected. Who do I call?

The county offers a special collection service for the removal of oversize waste known as MegaBulk. This program is designed to help residents remove whole trees and very large loads of waste from their properties – including construction and demolition waste. Upon your request, our office will provide you with a written MegaBulk cost estimate, valid for 10 days and based upon items set out for collection. The minimum charge is $60 for county collection customers and $250 for residents with private collection service. Payment is accepted by credit card or check only. The amount of material must exceed 12 cubic yards. To learn more about the guidelines for MegaBulk service, call 703-802-3322, TTY 711.


The woods behind our neighborhood have become a dumping ground for brush, trash, tires, and who knows what else. I don't know who owns this property, but it is an eyesore. How can I get it cleaned up?

No person may dispose of solid waste on any private or public property without the permission of the owner. This prohibits illegal dumping in commercial building dumpsters or any site not designated for disposal use by the general public. If you witness release of petroleum or other flammable or hazardous materials, call 911. If you see anyone dump nonhazardous solid waste, record the vehicle license number and call the Fairfax County Police nonemergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264, to report the violator. If you find illegally dumped material on public or private property, but did not witness the dumping, call the Community Health and Safety Section of the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2300, TTY 703-591-6435. To identify the property owner, go to the county's Real Estate Assessment Information Site.


I have a neighbor who has had large piles of junk sitting out at the curb for weeks. Can the county do anything about this?

Yes. Through the Clean Streets Initiative, the county's Solid Waste Management Program and the Health Department are working to address this issue. Under Clean Streets, the property owner is notified that the trash must be removed. If the property owner does not remove the material within 10 days, the county will remove it and bill the property owner. If the property owner refuses to pay the county for the removal of the material, a lien is placed on the property. Call 703-246-2300, TTY 703-591-6435 to report a property under the Clean Streets Initiative program.


More Questions?

Please contact your private collection company or the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711 for more information.

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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