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CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon – Fri
703-802-3322 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 458, Fairfax, Va 22035
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Curbside Recycling

This information applies to COUNTY collection customers who receive trash and recycling collection from Fairfax County Government. If you receive services from a PRIVATE collector, contact them directly for information.
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Make the most of recycling

Here are some simple rules to follow to avoid contamination and to make sure your recycling is collected and 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.
  • Recyclable material should be "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.
  • 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, bagged and placed in the trash cart.]
  • 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.

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