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

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

County Collection Customer,
Service Center

Curbside Recycling

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 "Does Fairfax County Pick Up My Trash?"

Elimination of Plastic Bags for Yard Waste Collection

On February 23, 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit the use of plastic bags for yard waste. Although the new rule takes effect March 1, the Solid Waste Management Program will be exercising enforcement discretion for a six-week period to allow time for customer notification and education on the new rule. Enforcement will begin Monday, April 19, 2021. Read County Leaders Approve Elimination of Plastic Bags for Yard Waste. See also, Elimination of Plastic Bags for Yard Waste Collection FAQs and and Paper, Not Plastic: A Public Outreach Toolkit for Proper Disposal of Yard Waste.

Special Pick-Up Service Update

Effective July 1, 2021, free special pick-ups will be limited to 2 cubic yards of brush, bulky waste, appliances, and metal. There will be a charge to remove piles greater than 2 cubic yards. Visit Special Pick Up for service details.

Covid-19 Curbside Collection Changes Details ->

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 loose in the blue recycling cart. There is NO need to collect your recyclables using plastic bags. This makes it harder to process.
  • Place all recyclable materials in the blue recycling cart "clean and dry". 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.
  • Recycle plastic bags at the grocery store.


The following materials can be recycled in your blue recycling cart.

  • Mixed paper, magazines, junk mail, newspapers
  • Collapsed cardboard. [All cardboard must be collapsed. Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, plastic, bubble wrap and any other material must be removed from the collapsed boxes.]
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Cartons (milk, juice) remove straws
  • Plastic food and beverage bottles and jugs ONLY 


Items not accepted curbside, may be taken to the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill.

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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