Trash & Recycling News: Street Sweeping, Glass Removal Notice and More!

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Trash and Recycling

July 2019

Below you'll find service updates and news about what's to come. 

Street Sweeping Begins August 5

Street sweeping removes accumulated debris and pollutants such as sand, salt, metals, petroleum products and bacteria before they wash into streams, the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Arlington’s 59 civic associations have been grouped into 14 street sweeping zones. Tips for residents: 

  • Please try to move your cars from the street when your neighborhood is scheduled to be swept. This ensures that the street sweepers can be more effective.
  • If you see a hanging tree limb by a curb and are able to safely remove it, please do so. This helps the sweepers clean the curb.
  • View the street sweeping schedule to see when your neighborhood will be swept. 


As of July 1, 2019, the frequency of passes has been reduced from seven to four passes for residential zones due to budget reductions. Residential zones will be swept four times per fiscal year — August, October, April and June. Zones have been updated to increase efficiency. 

Notice to Remove Glass from Single-Stream Recycling

Glass recycling drop-off bin

Effective August 1, Arlington County is asking residents to stop placing glass in their blue recycling carts. Due to the lack of a regional market for recycled glass, curbside single-stream recycling of glass is no longer viable.


Follow these tips to reduce the environmental impact of using glass food and beverage containers:

  • Buy fewer products in glass containers and more in recyclable metal or even plastic
  • Reuse glass containers for new storage and other purposes
  • Drop off glass recyclables in new, presorted glass-only containers at the County’s two recycling drop-off centers for crushing and reuse as construction and landscaping material. More drop-off locations are planned.


If you still have glass containers to dispose of, please place them in your black trash carts for pick-up.


Learn more about the economics of recycling right in Arlington

Save the Date: E-CARE is October 19

E-CARE Photo

Our popular recycling event will be back on Saturday, October 19. Stop by 1425 N Quincy St to dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), bikes, small metal items and other recyclable items. A complete list of accepted items is available on our website.


Can't wait until then? Drop-off your materials at the Water Pollution Control Plant at 530 31st St S on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm or schedule an appointment by calling 703-228-5000. Learn more here

Mulch and Shredding

  • Need mulch? The Solid Waste Bureau provides free leaf and wood mulch for pickup. Delivery is also available for a fee. 
  • We offer free paper shredding the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Earth Products Recycling Yard. Please check the calendar of events for specific information or cancellation notices due to inclement weather or holiday closings.

Residential Flood Debris Collection Efforts

Carts Flooding

The County took special measures to assist residential curbside customers in trash collection efforts following the July 8 damaging storm. This service was in addition to the weekly trash collection by our contractors. Over 110 tons of trash was collected through this service, which is the equivalent of the total weight of 16 school buses. Most of this had to be hand collected and lifted by our crews.


To assist with cleanup and ensure the safety of our crews, we always encourage proper preparation of items for collection and disposal. To learn how to properly prepare your trash for pick up, visit our Trash & Recycling page.