Storm Preparation: Residential Trash/Recycling Update

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In preparation for the upcoming storm “Isaias,” residents should properly secure trash, recycling, and yard waste carts in case of flooding and high winds. Bring in carts set out for Tuesday* morning collection once they have been emptied and place them in a safe location. We are monitoring the storm and will provide any updates to the trash and recycling collection schedule, if necessary.


* The storm may cause additional delays in collection services. Please leave un-serviced carts at the curb (if not a flood risk) until they are collected. If carts are not collected by noon on the day after your service day, please call the Contact Center and report a miss (703 228 5000). Customers in high risk areas may want to consider delaying their collection by not setting carts out until next week.


To assist with cleanup and ensure crew safety, we always encourage proper preparation of items for collection and disposal. 


Curbside Bulk Collection

Regular curbside bulk collection has resumed. For residential customers who may be left with storm-related debris, properly prepare it for pickup on your designated trash collection day. For large and/or bulk household items, follow these guidelines:



  • Secure lumber and any rugs/carpet in bundles. Make sure bundles do not to exceed 4 feet in length and weigh more than 50 pounds. Lumber must have all nails removed or hammered flat.
  • Ensure that each bag or bundle for pickup weighs no more than 50 pounds; a filled black trash cart weighs no more than 200 pounds; and each bulk item weighs no more than than 500 pounds.
  • Wrap glass/mirrors in layers of paper or heavy plastic with taped edges and clearly label “GLASS.”
  • Place regular bagged trash in the black cart or next to it. Make sure each bag does not weigh more than 50 pounds.



  • Schedule a special pickup request for any metal, appliance or electronic item online at or by calling 703-228-5000.
  • Brush/limb curbside collection can be scheduled online or by calling 703-228-5000.
  • Bring inert materials, such as dirt and rocks, to Arlington County’s Earth Products Yard. Call 703-228-5000 to schedule an appointment.
  • Safely dspose of chemicals or other hazardous materials by calling 703-228-5000  drop-offfor a drop-off at the County HHM facility.


Questions: contact the DES Customer Contact Center at 703-228-5000. Check out our online Where Does it Go? directory to learn how to properly dispose of items.


For more information, visit our Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste During COVID-19 and follow Arlington DES on Twitter and Facebook for updates.