Waste Management

The City of Charlottesville’s solid waste program incorporates the principles of Sustainable Waste Management and Landfill Diversion. Recycling, composting, and trash service for residents and businesses are provided in a layered approach by the City and the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority, with supplemental private sector options available.

Waste collection at public locations is managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation (City-owned parks and recreation facilities, the Downtown Mall, City-operated markets), Charlottesville Area Transit (bus stops), and Charlottesville City Schools (school facilities). 

  1. Residential Services
  2. Commercial/Business Services

Recycling & Trash Collection

The City provides curbside recycling and curbside trash collection with additional source-separated recycling drop-off available at the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s McIntire Recycling Center.  

Composting

Multiple options are available for drop-off composting collection of household compostable materials including food waste, plant-based organic materials, and certified-compostable plastics. Landscaping and yard waste material is not accepted by the area composting drop-off programs. 

Curbside composting collection is available for direct contract from private providers and can accept both household compostables and yard waste material.

Landscape/Yard Waste

The City of Charlottesville does not offer curbside yard waste collection, with the exception of Leaf Collection in the fall/winter. 

Landscaping and yard waste material is accepted for drop-off by several local composting farms/facilities and at the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s Ivy Materials Utilization Center. Curbside composting collection can accept yard waste material and is available for direct contract from private providers. 

Large Item & Bulky Waste

The City of Charlottesville offers fee-based curbside Large Item Pickup of large furniture, appliances, tree limbs, and other large or bulky items that cannot fit in a trash container. Residential addresses receiving City-operated curbside trash and recycling collection are eligible for this service.

Free Bulky Waste collection of Tires, Furniture, Mattresses, and Appliances is offered periodically by the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority at their Ivy Materials Utilization Center. Please check the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s Bulky Waste Amnesty Days webpage for more information.

Other Items

Electronics, Appliances, Ink & Toner, Etc.

Electronic waste collection is periodically offered at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center. Please check the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s E-Waste webpage for details.

Staples and Best Buy offer recycling options for electronics, appliances, and more. See store webpages for details.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority periodically provides hazardous waste collection at their Ivy Materials Utilization Center. Please check Rivanna’s Hazardous Waste Collection webpage for details.

Paint Collection

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority offers daily paint collection at their Ivy Materials Utilization Center. Please check their webpage for paint collection guidelines and details

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