Sustainable Waste Management

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Recycling & Composting... Options other than the landfill

Sustainable waste management helps prevent the emission of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, creates jobs, stimulates the development of greener technologies, conserves resources for our children's future, and reduces the need for new landfills and combustors.

Critical goals for overall waste reduction are conservation and reuse. When materials are kept out of the waste stream entirely, or are reused to make new products, less energy and resources are needed. Buying products which have recycled content in them is the 'other half' of collecting items to be recycled. 

These efforts are supported by the City's Strategic Plan, City Council Vision Statement, and Comprehensive Plan.



Residential Curbside Collection (
The City of Charlottesville's curbside recycling service is single-stream recycling and is processed in a recyclables-only facility (also known as a materials recovery facility or MRF). Recyclable materials are collected in a separate bin, provided by the City, than other waste and curbside trash.

Electronics, Appliances, Ink & Toner, Etc.
Staples and Best Buy offer recycling options for electronics, applicances, and more. See store webpages for details. 

Additional Recycling Options in the Charlottesville Area

 General Information:


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Residential Food Scraps & Kitchen Waste Composting (
Drop-off collection services for residential compostable materials (e.g. food scraps) began to be offered in 2015 as part of a pilot program.

Leaf Collection(
The City of Charlottesville provides free residential curbside leaf collection in November, December, and January. The leaves are brought to a local farm for composting. Residents can put their leaves in bags (provided by the City) to be collected weekly, or, rake the leaves to the curb during the twice a year assigned schedule (known as "loose leaf collection").

Yard Waste & Commercial Composting
Composting services for yard waste and/or commercial waste are not provided by the City. Local commercial pick-up services can be contracted separately.


Hazardous Waste & Bulky Waste Disposal

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) offers household hazardous waste and bulky waste items (i.e. mattresses, appliances, tires) to residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The RSWA has offered special collections for commercial hazardous waste too.

RSWA Waste Collection Dates
RSWA Accepted Items for Household Hazardous Waste


Trash Collection

The City of Charlottesville's curbside trash collection goes to an all-in-one processing facility (also known as a Dirty MRF). Information on the City's trash service, and how to purchase trash collection stickers, can be found at


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 us.