Residential Curbside Services

Trash is collected from curbside residential customers weekly on Wednesdays, year round (except on observed city holidays).

​Glass No Longer Accepted in Recycling Curbside Carts

As of February 19, 2020, glass containers - such as bottles and jars - are no longer accepted in curbside recycling carts or any City recycling receptacle.  Learn more about this change and the about the glass-only purple can now located at the Recycling Center (217 Gordon Rd.) 

Good Recycling

Set-Out Requirements

Place trash into the City issued gray rolling cart. 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 performed 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 City issued rolling cart 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

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 collection here.
  • 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:

  • Bricks, concrete, block, rocks, stone
  • Construction debris
  • Contractor trash and construction debris
  • Dirt, sod, sand, railroad ties
  • Drywall, shingles, floor / ceiling tiles, lumber, asbestos
  • Furniture and other items that are too large or heavy to fit inside a trash container
  • Hazardous waste
  • Metal (large items)
  • Paint cans with wet paint
  • Sheets of glass, windows, mirrors
  • Stumps and trees
  • Tires
  • Yard waste and brush

Self-Haul Option

Trash and small amounts or construction debris are accepted, for a fee, at the Fairfax County Transfer Station:
  • 4618 West Ox Road
  • Fairfax, VA 22030
Call 703-631-1179 (TTY 711) for more information.

Penalties and Violations

Violations are subject to a civil penalty of $100 for the first violation and $150 for each subsequent violation.

Important Numbers

  • Solid Waste Code Enforcement: 703-248-5466 (TTY 711)
  • Solid Waste Hotline and Other Questions: 703-248-5160 (TTY 711)