Trash is collected from curbside residential customers weekly on Wednesdays, year round (except on observed city holidays).
Place trash into the City provided gray rolling cart, personal containers, or sturdy trash bags. Routine household trash collection and special bulk collection services are provided for the removal of materials resulting from normal residential use and routine home maintenance.
Solid waste from any work done by a contractor must not be included with regular household trash or special collections. Contractors must arrange for the removal of solid waste or contact a private company to make alternative collection and disposal arrangements.
Set out trash once a week every Wednesday. City-designated holidays are collected the following Saturday (unless otherwise notified).
Place the rolling cart (private container or bags) at the curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesday (or after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening). Containers must be returned to the side or rear of the residence by Wednesday evening.
When waste day is rescheduled due to City-designated holidays, place rolling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on Saturday and return cart by Saturday evening.
Missed collections must be reported by 10 a.m. the day after collection. Reporting the issue as soon as possible will often allow for same day service. Missed collections not handled on collection day will be handled Thursday morning. After submitting the request, please leave your items at the curb. To report a missed collection:
Report online. Click the link and then click on Service Requests in the middle of the box. Alternatively, report a missed collectionhere.
Report via smartphone app. Download the City's 'Recycle Coach' app to report a missed collection, schedule service requests, get reminders and service updates, use our custom "What Goes Where" search, etc.
Call the Solid Waste Hotline at 703-248-5160 (TTY 711), Option #1.
Missed collections remain rare but we recognize the inconvenience of the situation each time they occur. Prompt feedback will help ensure a timely solution.
Materials Not Collected With Weekly Trash
The following items can severely damage equipment. If your trash contains even a small amount of any of these materials, collection will not occur. Some of these items may be collected as a special bulk collection for a fee: