Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

John Kellas,
Deputy Director, Solid Waste Management

Yard Waste

Update To Temporary Change to Separate Yard Waste Collection Requirements

Due to ongoing labor shortages, you may be experiencing delays in the collection of yard waste. As a temporary measure to address this issue, residents who have small amounts of yard waste should place it in the container with their trash as space allows. Yard waste that does not fit in with trash should be set out separately. Yard waste may not be collected on regular collection days, so residents are asked to leave their bagged yard waste at the curb until it is collected.

backyard compostingYard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, straw, flowers, small prunings, and brush (i.e., branches and twigs smaller than 4-feet in length) generated during general yard maintenance. Yard waste does not include materials generated during tree removal, land clearing, or home renovation projects such as tree stumps, lumber treated wood, pallets, sawdust, dirt, mulch, sod, or food waste.

How to Manage Yard Waste

  • Manage it onsite

    Leave grass clippings on your lawn by grasscycling, and/or backyard composting yard waste along with other organics, such as food waste, to enrich your soil and promote healthy plants. For more information, visit Composting Organic Waste.
  • Set it out for curbside collection*

    Use a reusable container or paper yard bags. Yard waste placed in plastic bags may not be collected. If you are a county collection customer, visit Curbside Yard Waste for setout instructions. If a private hauler collects your trash, please follow their instructions. 
  • Self-haul to a county facility

    Yard waste is accepted at the county's I-95 Landfill Complex and the I-66 Transfer Station disposal sites for a fee. As of April 19, 2021, yard waste in plastic bags delivered to the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill will be rejected. Commercial yard waste loads containing plastic bags delivered after April 19, 2021 will be subject to a penalty fee of $100/ton. For more information regarding fees, please visit residential disposal fees and regulations. See also Tree Stumps
  • Landscapers

    Landscapers should not place yard waste in plastic bags for curbside collection. Yard waste placed in plastic bags may not be collected. See Yard Waste Guidance for Landscaping Companies flyer. Available in English and Spanish.

*Please Note: yard waste is collected at curbside year-round, but only processed for recycling from March 1 through December 24. With the exception of Christmas trees which are collected and recycled the first two weeks in January, the small amount of yard waste generated is disposed of as trash.

Exceptions to Managing Yard Waste

Large amounts of yard waste & brush: If you are a county collection customer, please see Curbside Yard Waste. If a private hauler collects your trash, please contact them or a bulk/junk removal company for collection services.

Townhome Communities: Some townhome communities that do not generate a large amount of yard waste may be exempted from county collection requirements by seeking approval of an "alternative yard waste recycling system." For more information about how to qualify, please call our office at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

Bagging Yard Waste

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