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Last Updated: 2020-04-14


E-Cycle day

The City of Richmond offers convenient recycling.

Your collection day is the same as your refuse collection day, except it takes place every other week.

Call the Public Works Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 to find out your schedule.


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No need to separate items. The following items can be mixed all together in your recycling bin.

  • newspapers
  • mixed paper
  • aluminum cans
  • steel cans
  • aluminum foil
  • glass bottles
  • jars
  • There is a label on the lid detailing which recyclables to put in the can. Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, accepted items for recycling will now include plastics #1- #7 bottles and containers, caps and lids (all free of food and residue), and food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes, and egg substitutes. No plastics bags, No Styrofoam, No food contaminated pizza boxes.

We serve residential customers in single-family homes, duplexes, and fourplexes.  Sorry, we do not service apartment complexes or businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use a green bin or can I use any kind?

Use any kind of bin you want - just put it out!

Why didn't they take my boxes?

You need to break down your cardboard boxes so we can put them in the truck.

It's raining.  I don't want everything to get wet.  Should I wait another two weeks?

No.  We will pick them up, rain or shine.

Why don't you take plastic bags?

There currently is no market for such items.  However, many grocery stores do have bins to recycle them.

I live in an apartment complex.  What can I do?

Use the drop-off recycling sites below.  They take everything just as curbside.

Where are the Drop-Off Recycling Locations?

  • Stratford Hills Shopping Center,
    6788 Forest Hill Avenue, near Hathaway Road

  • East Richmond Road Landfill
    3800 East Richmond Road

  • Richmond Southside Transfer Station
    3520 North Hopkins Road

  • Parker Field Annex
    1700 Robin Hood Road, gravel lot behind Credit Union

Contact Information:

Clean City Commission
City of Richmond
3506 N. Hopkins Rd.
Richmond, VA
23224 USA
Phone: (804) 646-8325
Fax: (804) 646-8068
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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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