Water Bill, Trash & Yard Waste Questions?
Call the Arlington Department of Environmental Services Customer Contact Center with questions about water bills, trash carts & yard waste pickup. Call the at 703-228-5000 weekdays 7am to 7pm.
Curbside Yard Waste Collection Overwhelmed
Curbside yard waste collection was overwhelmed 2 days after it resumed. Some residents’ collection may be delayed. If your yard waste cart has not been emptied, leave it at the curb. If carts have not been emptied by 12 PM the following day, submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000 weekdays 7 AM to 7 PM.
Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes Aug 31
Residential curbside yard waste collection resumes Mon, Aug 31. During the first week, please limit yard waste to your green cart and up to 5 paper organics bags.
The County’s temporary yard waste drop-off locations will close after Fri, Sept 4.
Curbside collection of larger yard waste material like brush and limbs remains available by appointment.
The County will be issuing a $10.77 credit, which will appear on customer’s quarterly water/sewer/refuse utility bills. News Release
Trash Collection Failures Continue
Arlington’s residential trash/recycling contractor continues having trouble collecting everyone’s trash & recycling on the usual schedule.
If your trash/recycling have not been collected, DES asks that you leave your carts at the curb until collected. If your trash/recycling has not been collected after 48 hours, please submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000 weekdays 7 AM to 7 PM.
Suspension of residential yard waste collection continues with no announced resumption date. Yard waste may be brought to temporary drop-off sites during restricted hours 8 AM to Noon, Mon to Fri.
● Earth Products Yard at the Trades Center, 4300 S 29th St in Shirlington
● Mulch pick-up site at N 26th St and Yorktown Blvd
Details at Arlington Trash, Recycling, & Yard Waste Page
Refunds for Yard Waste Collection Failure?
Residential yard waste has not been collected since May 12 from green curbside carts and paper bags. The Dep’t of Environmental Services (DES) says it is unable to cope with the volume of residential trash and the inability of its contractor to provide sufficient staff. DES has been unable to devise a solution and does not foresee a solution in the near future. Instead DES proposes to refund $2.93 a month to residents for services not provided. DES Slide Deck
Brush collection is still available by request. Schedule a Brush Pickup
Trash Not Picked Up? County Urges Patience
Arlington’s trash/recycling contractor is not succeeding to pick up everyones’ trash on their scheduled day, requiring follow-up runs the next morning. Residents are asked to not call in complaints unless trash is not picked up by noon of the next day.
Submit a missed collection ticket Online or using the Arlington mobile app or by calling 703-228-5000.
Jun 8 County Resuming Bulk Trash Collection
Beginning on trash day (Wed June 10 in LV) large furniture like sofas, mattresses, box springs, or futons and home construction debris can once again be left on the curb for pick up without prior arrangement. This does not include yard waste.
Unanticipated Consequences Hit County Parks
After the Dept of Environmental Services stopped picking up yard waste, some frustrated Arlington residents began leaving their yard waste in Arlington’s now-closed county parks. Arlington Parks & Rec is not happy about this and urges residents to make use of the limited options offered by Environmental Services. Yard Waste Options
Yard Waste Collection To Be Suspended
One week reprieve: Yard waste will be collected the week of May 4 and Mon May 12, but not thereafter.
May 12 yard waste collection is suspended indefinitely. Residential yard waste from green curbside carts and paper bags will not be collected. Arlington's waste management system is unable to cope with the recent 40% increase in residential trash. By request brush collection services will continue.
County News Release
Schedule a Brush Pickup
Trash Surge Strains Residential Trash Collection
Over the last week, residential trash tonnage has increased more than 30%. The residential collection system is becoming stressed. The County asks residents to limit the amount of trash, recycling and yard waste placed out for collection. Please keep your spring cleaning pile in your basement or garage for now. County News Release
The Toilet is Not a Trash Can
A toilet is designed to remove only human waste and bathroom tissue. Other items do not break down and can cause problems with home plumbing, Arlington’s sanitary sewer system and ultimately the Water Pollution Control Plant. Never send fats, oils, grease down the drain.
The County suggests everyone to keep a small trash can in the bathroom near the toilet for all those things that are not bathroom tissue.
Full list of toilet horrors at the County Web Site
Composting Organics & Food Scraps
Composting is a wonderful way to reduce disposal of organic kitchen, garden or yard waste, and it creates a rich soil amendment that’s a natural for gardens. Save time bagging leaves, cut grass and kitchen trimmings by tossing them into a compost bin.
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Arlington’s Recycled Glass Made Into Bottles
Glass coming from dedicated collection bins in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County has been of sufficiently high quality that, in addition to being crushed and used as construction materials, some is now going to a processing facility and is being recycled into new glass products, like bottles.
Glass-to-glass recycling uses less energy than making bottles from original material, reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and supports hundreds of jobs.
Successful Start To Arlington’s Glass Recycling Drop-Off Program
More than 1 million pounds of glass was collected for recycling in less than nine months.
Nearest dropoff for LV is Cherrydale Branch Library.
Glass material collected in the drop-off bins is sent to Fairfax for reuse as roadbed aggregate, pipe bedding in wastewater and storm improvement projects, and other construction uses.
Christmas Tree Curbside Pickup Dec 30 – Jan 10
From Dec. 30 through Jan. 10, place trees at curb no later than 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection day.
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The Arlington County Code is available online for all to read.
Problems with trash bins are covered in:
● Chapter 10 “Trash, Recycling And Care Of Premises”
● Article I. “Residential Trash, Recycling and Organics”
● § 10-6. Storage, Removal, and Maintenance
● E. Failure to adhere to the storage, removal,
and maintenance provisions
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Arlington is adding 3 new glass recycling drop off locations. More are potentially on the way.
The 2 existing glass drop-off sites are at Quincy Park and the Arlington Trades Center.
The 3 new sites will be at the Aurora Hills Community Center, Cherrydale Branch Library, and Lee Community Center.
What to Do If Someone Leaves a Mattress Along the Side of a Road
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