Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open to the public by appointment only at this time. Please call or email 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-802-3322
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

County Collection Customer,
Service Center

Curbside Recycling

The collection of cardboard placed outside of the county recycle cart resumed Monday, June 29, 2020.

  • All cardboard must be collapsed
  • Styrofoam, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, plastic must be removed from the collapsed boxes

Delay in Special pick-up (brush & bulk)

We are seriously running behind on special pick-ups due to volume. If your special pick-up is not collected on your regular collection day, please leave it at the curb/street line and it will be collected as soon as we can.


Covid-19 Curbside Collection Changes Details ->

This information applies to COUNTY collection customers who receive trash and recycling collection from Fairfax County Government, about ten percent (10%) of residents and businesses in Fairfax County. If you receive services from a PRIVATE collector, contact them directly for information.
Unsure if you are a county collection customer? Visit "Who Picks Up My Trash map."

Make the most of recycling

Here are some simple rules to follow to avoid contamination and to make sure your recycling is put to good future use.

  • Place all recyclable materials in the blue recycling cart. 
  • Rinse and remove any remaining food or liquid contents from your recyclables.
  • It is important to recycle as much as possible, however, some items go in the trash, including broken household goods
  • NO glass, NO plastic bags, NO takeout containers, NO diapers, NO pizza boxes, NO Styrofoam, NO packaging peanuts, NO Clamshell containers either Styrofoam™ or clear plastic
  • Un-bagged in the cart – NO need to collect your recyclables using plastic bags. This makes it harder to process.  Place recyclables loose in the cart!  Recycle plastic bags at the grocery store.

Report Missed Collection

Please do not report a missed collection until late in the day. In many cases crews are simply delayed. Requests to empty dumpsters are also accepted.

Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form

Recycling Container Request

Report a damaged or missing trash or recycling container:  

Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form

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