To continue our series of posts informing you about proper waste disposal in the Mid-Atlantic region, we turn to Arlington, VA. We will start by telling you they have rules when it comes to putting your trash receptacle out at the curb. It must be on the curb by 6 am of your collection day. You cannot put it out before 5 am the day before your collection day and it must be pulled away from the curb within 24 hours of collection. This means that if you are going on vacation, you cannot leave you trash can out at the curb while you are gone. You will have to ask a neighbor to help you out. This is also a good safety measure. Trash cans left out at the curb can indicate to a bugler that no one is home. If for some reason you are unable to bring your trash out to the curb for collection you can call 703-228-6570 for backdoor pickup.
When it comes to bulk item pick up in Arlington, you do not need to schedule an appointment. As long as the items weigh less then 500 lbs, you can leave them out by the curb on your regular pickup day. For any trash that is over 500 lbs you will need to rent a dumpster or call a private garbage hauler. We know of at least one place that has dumspters for you to rent if you are doing a large cleanup in or around your home.
There may be some changes coming to Arlington, Va when it comes to yard waste collection. There is currently spring yard waste collection between March 16th and April 24th. It occurs the business day after your normal trash collection day. However, this fall the county will decide if they are going to offer year round yard waste collection. At this time you can schedule for brush to get picked up at your curb. Christmas tree pickup does occur after the holiday and leaf pickup occurs in the fall. You should visit the Arlington trash and recycling website for more information on the schedule for these two pickups.
Electronics are not always the easiest items to recycle. In Arlington, Va you can choose to either drop them off at the Electronics Collection and Recycling Center or you can schedule a pick up. However, in both cases you may be charged a fee, depending on what you are recycling.
Household Hazardous Items such as paint, motor oil and old cleaning supplies can be dropped off free of charge at at the Water Pollution Control Plant. However, before you make the trip, make sure the item you are taking, is on their list of acceptable items. You may also have to prep each item a specific way. It it much better to know before you go.
Arlington, Va has a couple of note worthy programs as part of their trash removal and recycling. The first Saturday of every month they offer free paper shredding. You are limited to two box or bag fulls of paper. The county also offers free leaf mulch in the spring that is made from the fall leaf collection. If you want delivery they do charge a fee, but it is a great use of all the yard waste that was collected the year before.
If you have additional questions about waste disposal or recycling in Arlington, Va that we didn’t cover in this blog feel free to call them at 703-228-6570 or visit their website.