Recycling / Conservation


Recycling in our Community

The City offers a free curbside recycling program for City residents.  Make sure you are recycling all the items that the City currently accepts as part of our curbside program - click here for a listing of items. To learn more about the City's recycling guidelines, click here

See the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority website for:

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Local recycling information

Click here for RWSA's listing of recyclable items and recycling outlets in the Charlottesville area.

Hazardous Waste Items

Household Hazardous Waste disposal

Electronics and Technology Recycling

Best Buy
 now has a year round electronic waste collection and disposal service.  The service is free for many items; some items are accepted for a $10 charge, but you receive a $10 Best Buy gift card in return.  All of Best Buy's US stores are now participating - click here for more information

Staples also accepts used computers, laptops, desktop printers, monitors, faxes, and all-in-ones at all their US stores year round.  A fee of $10 per item is charged for this equipment.  Ink and toner cartridges, cell phones and rechargeable batteries, and small computer peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and speakers are all accepted at no charge. Click here for more information.

Other questions about waste disposal? Try EPA’s Waste Site.

Conserve Water

Interested in installing a rain barrel to collect water that falls on your roof? Use the water you collect to water your plants and garden or wash your car or bike.  Here is a list of some vendors that have rain barrels for sale:

 Rainwater Barrel

Snow's Garden Center
1875 Avon Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sam's Club
970 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Eltzroth and Thompson Greenhouses, Inc.
Located 3.4 miles south of I-64 on 29 South
1686 Monacan Trail Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Harvesting Rain
1508 Green St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Aquarius Supply, Inc.
1964 Avon Street Extended
Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Garden Barn
2646 Frays Mill Road
Advance Mills, VA 22968

Garden Trade Nursery & Garden Shop
71 River Road
Faber, VA 22938

Albemarle Window Cleaning
316 Brookway Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Pennington's Nursery and Gifts
7353 S. Seminole Trail (Rt. 29)
Rochelle, VA 22738

King Sales and Service

Whole Foods
300 Shoppers World Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Commonwealth H2O
325 Greenbrier Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901        

Fifth Season Gardening Co.
900 Preston Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Plow & Hearth
1107-C Emmet St
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Click here to learn about the $30 rain barrel rebate and many other ways to conserve water and save money!

Pollution Prevention Hotline: To report an environmental incident or concern, illegal dumping, or an illicit discharge to the stormwater system or a stream, please E-mail.

If you have a local business that sells rain barrels, and would like to be included on this page, please click here.