Arlington, VA (pop. 227,146), a 26-square-mile self-governing city-county directly west of Washington, DC, is in the crosshairs of one of the country’s fastest-growing regions. It is also home to a robust waste program, which is necessary, as its already dense population base figures to grow denser in the coming years. Residents of all single-family homes in Arlington are actually required to recycle most common household recyclables and can choose between 35- or 65-gallon blue roll carts for their weekly pick-up.

Materials recycled

The following materials must be thrown in curbside recycling bins in Arlington: Aluminum cans, cardboard (all sizes), glass bottles, glass jars, aluminum cans, steel/tin cans, large household metal items (household appliances, bicycles, cabinets, doors, grills, iron furniture and more), magazines, newspaper and inserts, flyers, catalogs, loose paper and plastics with resin numbers 1 through 7.


Arlington recycles at the curb on a weekly basis — same day as refuse and yard waste collection. Carts can be placed curbside at 5 p.m. day before collection, but no later than 6 a.m. on collection day. They must be returned to the property within 24 hours of collection.

Other programs

E-waste, appliance or bulky item collection appointments can be scheduled through Arlington’s website. As of July 1, 2014, changes are being planned for Arlington’s curbside yard waste collection, which was previously available year-round. In the interim, residents can schedule yard waste collection appointments as necessary. Four drop-off recycling centers service the Arlington area for recyclables, electronics, household hazardous waste materials and bulky materials:

More information

Visit the Arlington Trash & Recycling website for more recycling program info.