Update: Residential Curbside Trash and Recycling Service Impacts

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Arlington’s trash/recycling contractor continues to experience staffing issues due to COVID-19. As a result, some routes recently have not been completed on their scheduled day, requiring a follow-up run the next day. 


If trash and/or recycling is not collected on your service day, leave the carts at the curb the next day.  If carts have not been serviced by noon the second day, submit a missed collection ticket online or by calling 703-228-5000. 


As many residents remain home, trash and recycling volumes are significantly above normal levels 


To help ensure crew health and safety, as well as daily completion of routes, please follow these steps: 

  • Minimize  extra trash bags outside the cart    
  • Avoid generating large amounts of  waste 
  • Flatten cardboard boxes to create more room in recycling trucks (cardboard volume has soared with increased home deliveries) 
  • Dispose of used wipes, tissues and paper towels in firmly tied trash bags  
  • Consider grasscycling  lawn clippings and composting organic waste 


Bulk collection 

Limited bulk trash item collection returned as of May 25 with required scheduling through 703-228-5000 during business hours. The service is limited to 150 customers per day. Unscheduled bulk collection continues to be suspended 


Yard waste 

Curbside yard waste collection remains suspended until further notice. The County offers two yard waste drop-off centers for grass/leaves/vines, available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. No appointment necessary. 

  • Earth Products Yard at the Trades Center, 4300 29th St. S. in Shirlington 
  • Mulch pick-up site at North 26th Street and Yorktown Boulevard 

Curbside collection of larger yard waste material like brush and limbs remains available by appointment only. 


More information on service impacts from COVID-19 is available here 


Our contractor’s trash/recycling crews are part of the frontline workforce that has continued serving our community and region, while facing often difficult personal challenges.  


We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.