Public Works and Environmental Services

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
703-324-5230 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 458, Fairfax, Va 22035
Eric Forbes
Director, Solid Waste Management

Nonresidential Recycling and Trash

Recycling Program Requirements

Business owners are required to provide a recycling system for their employees and customers. Cardboard and mixed paper recycling is mandatory for all businesses and institutions. There are no exceptions and no thresholds. 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. Recycling guidelines for employees, commercial building tenants and property owners and managing companies are available online.

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Most businesses hire a collection company to pick up their trash. A second option, however, is to become a permitted disposal company or a commercial pay customer in order to self-haul materials to a county disposal site. Read through the list of Business Categories to learn more.  

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Specialized or Hazardous Waste

Almost any workplace can generate waste that is potentially toxic or hazardous to the environment. Our website has information on: rechargeable batteries, commercial hazardous wastes such as fluorescent light bulbs, as well as electronics and computer recycling. The county also hosts periodic collection events for businesses that generate very small quantities of hazardous waste.

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Regulations, Worksheets and Forms

Solid Waste Collection Brokers

Chapter 109.1 of the County Code requires that solid waste brokers wishing to do business in Fairfax County be registered with the Solid Waste Management Program. Any business or individual who knowingly contracts with a solid waste broker that is not registered with the County is in violation of County Code. Solid waste brokers registered to operate in Fairfax County are listed below. The companies listed on this page are properly registered to legally provide broker services in Fairfax County. The county is not offering this list as a recommendation or endorsement. You are encouraged to do your own research in selecting a service provider.

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