Last Two Recycling Drop-off Centers Slated to Close Nov. 30

Oct. 21, 2016
For Immediate Release

Last Two Recycling Drop-off Centers Slated to Close Nov. 30

Effective Nov. 30, 2016, residential recycling will no longer be accepted at drop-off centers located at Wakefield Park and Mount Vernon RECenter. The other unstaffed Fairfax County locations have already been closed due to persistent illegal dumping. Residents can continue to bring recyclables to the I-66 transfer station and the I-95 landfill complex.

Despite improved lighting, signage, and monitoring, the chronic problem of illegal dumping has not abated. On the contrary, the amount of material being illegally dumped at the recycling drop-off centers has increased over time and led to a high volume of complaints from neighboring residents and businesses. Not only are piles of illegally dumped trash unsightly, they are a health hazard, pollute local streams and creeks, and require extra collection services.

Recycling drop-off centers predate curbside collection of recyclables, which is required by Chapter 109.1 of the Fairfax County Code. The need for drop-off centers has been all but eliminated due to the county-wide availability of recyclables collection at residents' homes.

Residents who do not receive recyclables collection at their home should contact their refuse collection company. If the collector refuses to provide recycling service, or wishes to charge an additional fee, please call the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711, and ask for a member of the enforcement staff.

Residents and businesses that need to recycle materials beyond what is collected at the curb can take their recyclables to the Fairfax County transfer station, located at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax (across from Costco) or the I-95 landfill complex in Lorton. Recyclables delivered to these locations are accepted at no charge; household waste delivered in bags can also be disposed at a nominal fee.

For more information about recycling in Fairfax County, please visit or call the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.


>Last Two Recycling Drop-off Centers Slated to Close
Illegal dumping is a persistent problem at recycling drop-off centers. Trash left at these unstaffed sites may blow into surrounding neighborhoods or wash into nearby storm drains.


Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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