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Alexandria Announces Holiday Resource Recovery Schedules for July 4

Trash and Recycling Collection

Due to the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4, residents are reminded that trash and recycling will be picked up one day later for residents who normally receive services on Thursday.  Collection on Monday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 3, is on the regular schedule.

Regular collection day                    Holiday collection day
Monday                                           No change
Tuesday                                          No change
Wednesday                                     No change
Thursday                                        Friday

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Drop-Off Center, located at 3224 Colvin Street, will be open as usual on Monday, July 1st. Normal hours of operation are every Monday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Use the purple recycle bins for your glass.

Recycling & Trash Reminders 
These items can be recycled and placed in your recycling cart each week:
– Empty Aerosol cans (that dispense things like shaving cream and spray starch)
– Empty Cartons (juice and milk containers)
– Bound books (consider donating or reusing)

For a complete list of recyclable items or more information visit:

These items can’t be recycled in the residential program and should be placed into the trash, so they do not contaminate other recyclable materials.

– Plastic bags (return them to the grocery store)
– Flexible food pouches (often with zip-lock tops)
– Styrofoam (disposable cups, containers, blocks, and shipping materials)

Recycle your party trash properly.

Recycle Right: picnic supplies aren’t recyclable in the City’s programs

Summertime is a great time for a picnic, yet picnic supplies aren’t recyclable even if there is a recycling logo stamped on the item.  Plastic utensils, cups, plates, tablecloths, and paper napkins should be thrown away as regular trash.  Also, if you are recycling paper bags that have held food items, please make sure they are empty, clean, and dry.  Those little packets of ketchup and mustard create a mess!  For more information on Recycling Right visit

More Information:
Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, Resource Recovery Division
Eco-City Alexandria Initiative

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