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 Trash

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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Special Pickup Service Update

Please be advised that we are not on schedule for Special Pickup collection. For customers, whose special pickup is not collected on their scheduled day, please leave it at the curb/street line and we will collect it as soon as we can.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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(All trash must be in the county trash cart)

  • Normal household trash
  • It is recommended that all trash be placed in tied bags before placing in the trash cart.
  • Syringes, Needles and Other Medical Sharps: Place in a sturdy plastic container (like a laundry detergent bottle) with screw-on top.  Mark the container "residential sharps” and put in the trash cart.
  • Broken glass should be placed in a taped box before placement in the cart.
  • Animal waste must be double-bagged before placing in the cart.


  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Automobile parts
  • Bio-hazardous medical waste
  • Car batteries
  • Cement, concrete materials
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Dead animals
  • Dirt
  • Drywall
  • E-Waste (Electronics including computers, TVs, cellphones, etc.) For pick up, schedule a Special Pick-up.
  • Engines
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Household Hazardous Waste (including paint, motor oil, antifreeze, chemicals)
  • Liquids (including sewage and septic waste)
  • Propane or helium tanks
  • Rocks, stones
  • Lawn mowers (Take to Metal Recycling/White Goods Area of the I-66 Transfer Station or I-95 Landfill Complex. Lawn mowers must be free of gas and oil)
  • Sod
  • Tires

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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. Recycling items should be placed loose in your recycling cart (do not bag the recycling items).
  • 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.

Report missed collections the following business day by 4:30 p.m.  If you set your trash/recycling out after 6 a.m. and it is not collected, please hold the debris until your next collection day or take it to one of the county disposal facilities. 

Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form

Trash 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.

Schedule Special Pickup

Less than 2 cubic yards:

Please remember, only five FREE collections, per customer, per commodity, per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) are included in your service.

To schedule an e-waste (computers, TVs), brush, bulk, metal or refrigerant (coolant) collection, call 703-802-3322, TTY 711, or

Schedule Special Pickup

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