Special Collections


Special bulk collections are available for items too large or heavy to fit into a trash container and for unbundled brush or brush exceeding 6 inches in diameter. Common examples include furniture, moving debris and household appliances. Contractor's waste will not be collected.

Special collections occur on Wednesdays, year-round (except City-observed holidays). Only residential curbside customers receiving solid waste collections are eligible for special collection services.
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Residents may request a special collection by calling the Solid Waste Hotline at 703-248-5160 (option 4) before Tuesday at noon for Wednesday collection. Leave a detailed message with the type of material for collection. Take note of the collection date provided at the beginning of the recorded message.

Items must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Depending on the types of material set out, several different trucks may be assigned to collect your materials.


The fee for special bulk collection is $75 per two cubic yards of material.  The appliance collection fee is $30 per appliance.


Refuse and special collection services are provided only for the removal of materials resulting from normal residential use and routine home maintenance. Solid waste from any work done by a contractor may not be included with special collections. Contractors must arrange for the removal of solid waste or contact a private company to make alternative collection and disposal arrangements. We are unable to collect the following items:
  • Bricks, concrete, concrete blocks, rocks, stone
  • Construction debris
  • Contractor trash or yard waste
  • Dirt, sod, sand, railroad ties
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous waste
  • Paint cans with wet paint
  • Tires

Contact Numbers

  • Billing Questions: 703-248-5456 (TTY 711)
  • General Questions: 703-248-5160 (TTY 711)
  • Solid Waste Code Enforcement: 703-248-5456 (TTY 711)
  • Special Collection Request Line: 703-248-5160, Option 4