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The EPA’s definition of single-stream collection is allowing residents to combine all recyclable items (not trash). Certain companies may use the term in different ways, but we have found that separating trash from recyclables yields a higher volume of recycled materials (due to lower levels of contamination).
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Your cart will be serviced bi-weekly (every other week) on the same day of the week. It will coincide with your trash pickup day.
Carts should be placed at the end of your driveway or at the curb with a 3 to 4 foot clearance from mailboxes, poles, and lampposts.
Yes, please fill out an online form. Please note that you can only make an adjustment once.
Yes, but only if you already have one 95-gallon cart. Let us know.
Recycling service is free for curbside eligible residents living in a building with 4 units or less.
Yes, you can each receive a cart if you choose to, or you can share. Email the Recycling Department with your preference.
No, only residents who already receive curbside refuse collection services are eligible for the program. If you have questions about your building’s refuse collection policies, contact your building association.
For a street to be accepted by the City of Charlottesville, it will have to be constructed, inspected and accepted by the Engineering Division of Public Works. Most existing streets that are not currently accepted are either still under construction or they were not initially designed/constructed in accordance with city standards. Please contact the Engineering Division of Public Works if you have specific questions about acceptance of your street.
Once collected, the material will become the property of County Waste, and they are hauled to recyclable processing facilities around the state and region. The materials are then baled or otherwise processed and sold as a commodity. Per their contract, County Waste is required to ensure that all recyclable items be recycled and that the processing facilities used do not mix single-stream recyclable items with non-single-stream items when sorting the materials.
We have found that the plastic bags tend to take flight out of the trucks while we dump your container, and we do not want to pollute the neighborhoods we drive through. We suggest seeing if your local grocery store has a plastic bag collection box or taking your plastic grocery bags to McIntire Recycling Center to be recycled.
Even though the caps and lids may say they are recyclable, small caps and lids (such as soda caps) can be so small that they get stuck in the machines that sort the recycling materials and cause damage.
If the plastic cap or lid is larger than the size of a quarter, it is ok to put in your recycling cart. (If you screw it onto a plastic bottle or container, please leave it loose so that air can escape from the container when it is crushed.)
If the cap or lid is smaller than a quarter, please put it in the trash.
Find information about recycling items we don’t accept at:
Better World Betty
Rivanna Recycling FAQs (PDF)
Yes, we do. Contact Recycling for more information.