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 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. The permit office is open to the public with or without appointment 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

John Kellas,
Deputy Director, Solid Waste Management

Minimum Residential Recycling Requirements

Changes to Solid Waste Collection Requirements in Fairfax County

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 until Monday, June 15, 2020

These changes apply to all private haulers (90 percent of county) and county collections customers (10 percent).

Note: Though the requirement to collection yard waste is currently suspended, Fairfax County and other haulers have resumed yard waste collection. Please contact your hauler for current service details.

  1. The requirement to collect yard waste is suspended.

See Yard Waste Collection Suspension FAQs for additional information.

Your collector, employer and landlord are all required to provide a recycling system to you. Details about material types, collection frequency, reporting requirements, etc. can be found in Chapter 109.1 as well as the Fairfax County Recycling Program Requirements.

Fairfax County has rules regarding how waste and recycling is managed, County Code Chapter 109.1. One important component of the county’s solid waste ordinance is the requirement for residents to separate recyclables from trash for placement at the curb for collection. Both waste and recyclables are required by Chapter 109.1 to be collected weekly if you receive collection service at your residence.

Most trash and recycling collection service is provided by privately-owned trash collection companies. Sometimes, Home Owners Associations (HOAs) contract for service for the entire neighborhood, and in other areas, each homeowner is responsible for setting up service. Certain parts of the county receive waste collection service from the county. Fairfax County does NOT collect trash for all residents who live in the county. For more information, see "Who picks up my trash?"

Please take the time to separate trash from recycling. It is easy. This page lists the minimum recycling requirements for county residents. Your service provider may collect additional materials. Contact your collection company or property manager for specific instructions.


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