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 Trash

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 Yard Waste and Special pick-up (bulk)

We are running behind on the following:

  • Special pick-ups - We are behind by one day. Please continue to leave your special pick-up (bulk) at the curb for collection.
  • Yard waste - We are extremely behind schedule on yard waste collection for County collection customers, (Monday through Friday). These delays will continue at least through September 7, (Labor Day). Please place your yard waste at the curb on your scheduled collection day so that we can collect when crews are able to come through your neighborhood.

If you have a private hauler, please contact your hauler. Thank you for your patience.

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."


  • Normal household trash
  • Glass: Must be boxed up and taped closed and labeled “glass”
  • Syringes, Needles and Other Medical Sharps: Place in sturdy plastic container (like a laundry detergent bottle) with screw-on top.  Mark the container "residential sharps”
  • Curbside Yard Waste - Learn More
  • Vehicle tires (limit of 4 with no rims)


  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Automobile parts
  • Bio-Hazard medical waste
  • Car batteries
  • Cement, concrete materials
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Dead animals
  • Dirt
  • Drywall
  • Engines
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Household Hazardous Waste (including paint, motor oil, antifreeze, chemicals)
  • Liquids (including sewage and septic waste)
  • Propane or helium tanks
  • Rocks, stones
  • Riding lawn mowers
  • Sod

Collections - Click tabs for more information

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 100 pounds. Personal trash containers 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 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 in normal household use
  • Secure carts to keep contents from spilling onto street.
  • Bag household trash before placing it in the trash cart.
  • Your set out items must consist only of accumulated materials from normal home activities.
  • All trash not in the trash cart (including smaller household items): Must be placed in bags or boxes; Weight limit of 50 pounds per bag/box; Limit combination of excess bags and boxes to 10.

The County is not responsible for items not intended for collection that are place next to trash/recycle containers. The County is not responsible for damage to or loss of personal trash containers.

Report Missed or Partial Pick Up

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 Can Request

Report a damaged or missing trash or recycling container:  

Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 or

Submit Online Form

Schedule Special Pick Up

Less than 12 cubic yards:

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

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

Schedule Special Pick UP

Schedule a MEGABULK Collection

More than 12 cubic yards:

Need to remove whole trees or large loads from your property, including construction or demolition debris? Call 703-802-3322, TTY 711 to schedule a MEGABULK collection. Minimum fee is $100. Fees vary.

Megabulk Collections

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