Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon – Fri

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 458, 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 in Fairfax County receive this service). 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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Trash and Recycling Carts

trash and recycle pickup curbside
  • Trash carts (gray) are for household trash only. Do not use these carts for recycling or yard waste. Carts provided by the County should not be loaded to more than 50 pounds.
  • Recycle carts (blue) are used for recycling only. Do not use these carts for trash or yard waste. Do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart.
  • The homeowner is responsible for storing and cleaning the carts.
  • If a cart is damaged or missing, you may report this online at Trash/Recycling Cart Request or by calling 703-802-3322 | TTY 711.

Trash and Recycling Collection

Trash and recycling may be left if improperly prepared for collection.

  • Set your carts out by 6 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Don’t place containers at the curb more than 1 day before your collection day; remove them within 24 hours after collection.
  • Trash collection is for wastes accumulated from normal household activities only.
  • Secure carts to keep contents from spilling onto street.
  • Bag household trash before placing it in the trash cart.
  • All trash must be placed inside the county provided cart. Trash or recycling, other than collapsed cardboard, placed outside the county-provided cart will not be collected. No privately-owned carts will be serviced. For extra service please contact customer service by calling 703-802-3322 | TTY 711.

Fairfax County is not responsible for items not intended for collection that are placed next to trash/recycle carts, or for damage to or loss of personal trash containers.

Report Missed or Partial Pickup

Please do not report a missed collection until late in the day. In many cases crews are simply delayed.

Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form

Recycling Cart Request

To report a damaged or missing trash or recycling cart:

Call 703-802-3322 | TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form


To request additional cart service:

Call 703-802-3322 | TTY 711.

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