Richmond VA > Public Works > Refuse Collection

Last Updated: 2014-11-21

The Department of Public Works collects and disposes of solid waste. Ninety routes are serviced. Residential trash is collected once per week, Monday through Thursday. Refuse must be placed inside a City-issued supercan. Items placed in non-issued cans or containers will not be collected and a violation notification will be issued. Bagged refuse and boxes will be removed during weekly collection. This is in compliance with the City of Richmond Ordinance Section 86-81 (a)(b).

Solid Waste Removal
Refuse Collection Truck
Supercan Trash Pick-up

         Solid Waste Removal                     Refuse Collection Truck                    Super Can Trash Pick-up

Residential trash is collected once per week in the city of Richmond. Supercans must be placed out no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and not later than 6:00 a.m. on collection day. Cans must be removed from City property by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection, in accordance with City Code Section 86-44.

If you need the identification number for your supercan, please call the Solid Waste Division at (804) 646-1798 or Customer Care at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000.

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Holiday Schedule


Back Door Service

We understand sometimes our City’s elderly and/or disabled residents need assistance putting supercans out for trash collection. The Department of Public Works provides “Back Door Service” for those who are eligible. You can view and download the "Solid Waste Back Door Service Application" by clicking here. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Bulk and Brush Refuse Collection

Bulk and brush refuse is collected Monday thru Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Requests are serviced on a first come/first served basis. Trucks are assigned through the City, not in specific areas or zip codes.

City residents must either call the Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000 or log onto http://www.richmondgov.com/mpact/ to request a pick up. Items must be placed out for collection on the day the request is made, in the event crews are able to pick it up on that day.

There is a $50 service fee for the removal of appliances. Bulk and brush pick up will be collected within 10 working days of the request with no service fee. If applicable, the service fees will be applied to the residents utility bill.

Bulk Trash Pick-up
Refuse Collection Truck
Brush Removal

           Bulk Trash Pick-up                     Refuse Collection Truck                     Brush Removal

City residents can dispose of appliances; bulk and brush refuse items for free by taking them to the East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 E. Richmond Rd., or the Southside Transfer Station, 3560 N. Hopkins Rd.

Refuse & Recycling

City Ordinance, No. 2007-230-275, which was approved by City Council in November of 2007, allows receptacles to be placed on City property or in the public right-of-way no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and requires the receptacles be removed by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection.

The city of Richmond will issue warnings for refuse and recycling receptacles left in the public right of way outside of specified collection times. The trash and recycling receptacles used by Richmond residents and businesses will be subject to these warnings. The City's Department of Public Works will place yellow warning stickers on receptacles that must be removed.

Leaving receptacles on public sidewalks, alleys, roads and other city property isn't just unsightly, it also creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.  Please help keep these areas attractive and safe by removing your receptacles outside of the specified collection times.

Super Can Replacement
Recycling Schedules

Household Hazardous Waste

FCC Acceptable Materials for Recycling

The facility cannot accept fire extinguishers, asbestos, road flares, herbicides or pesticides, explosives or materials that are shock-sensitive, radioactive or infectious. Hazardous waste items from commercial entities or from persons living outside of the city limits are also not accepted at the facility.

This service is provided free of charge to city of Richmond residents. Visitors will be required to provide proof of residency, such as a valid driver's license, utility bill or vehicle registration. Staff from the City's Department of Public Works will be onsite to assist residents with unloading and disposal of their waste materials.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center at 3800 E. Richmond Rd., accepts household hazardous waste from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Household hazardous waste items accepted at the facility include:

  • Solvents
    • mineral spirits
    • paint thinner
    • turpentine
    • acetone
  • Paints (20 gallons per month/per resident limit)
    • oil or latex
    • polyurethane
    • tung oil
    • stains
    • varnish
    • shellac
    • tints
    • lacquer thinners
    • paint reducers
    • primers
    • varsol
  • Fuels
    • gasoline
    • gasoline additives
    • #2 fuel oil
    • kerosene
    • diesel
    • chain saw fuel
    • motor boat fuel
    • oil additives
  • Propane tanks
  • Car fluids
    • motor oil
    • transmission fluid
    • antifreeze
  • Car batteries - lead acid batteries only
  • Cooking oil

Supercans

By City Code, one refuse Supercan is provided to each household free of charge. As many as three additional cans may be purchased for $55 each. Call Customer Care at 3-1-1 to order cans. The fee will be applied to your utility bill. You also may call to request a replacement Supercan if yours is damaged. It may take 7-14 business days for delivery. Businesses such as churches, apartment complexes, rooming houses, etc., are allowed a maximum of four cans at a cost of $17.50/month per can. Businesses with a volume of trash that dictates more than four cans are needed will be required, by City Code, to switch to a commercial company.

Recycling

The City of Richmond offers a curbside recycling collection service through its partnership with Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.  More information on this program is available on our Clean City Commission website.

There is 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 and jars
  • narrow neck plastic bottles #1 & #2, such as milk, soap, shampoo & detergent bottles

Throw your lids in the trash.

Appliance Collection

There is a $50 fee for collection of appliances.  For more information, or to arrange a pickup, please call 3-1-1. You may also send a check or money order to the following address and we will schedule collection immediately.

      Department of Public Works Customer Care
      900 E. Broad St., Room 704
      Richmond, VA 23219

Be sure to include the service address.

City residents can dispose of appliances; bulk and brush refuse items for free by taking them to the East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 E. Richmond Road, or the Southside Transfer Station, 3520 N. Hopkins Road.

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Richmond residents may dispose of household and bulk items at our transfer station, and yard waste to our landfill, at no charge.

Richmond Southside Transfer Station

3520 North Hopkins Rd.
Hours:  Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and  Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Telephone: (804) 232-8488

Items received:

  • Yard waste
  • appliances
  • large items
  • tires with no rims, limit of four.  No off-road or oversized tires taken.  Costs are as follows:
    • $1 each for more than four passenger tires with DEQ permit
    • $5 each for tractor-trailer tires with DEQ permit

Recycling:

  • Glass bottles
  • cardboard
  • aluminum cans
  • newspapers

East Richmond Road Landfill & Convenience Center

3800 E. Richmond Road
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
   and  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays
Telephone: (804) 646-4706

Items received:

  • No household waste/trash
  • Yard waste/brush (natural wood only; no plywood, treated wood, etc.)
  • Tires with no rims, limit of four (no off-road or oversized tires)
  • No commercial or contractor items or debris
  • No large/bulk items (e.g. furniture)
  • Small appliances

Regular mulch, not leaf mulch, is available for residents at the East Richmond Road location.
The City assumes no liability during collection.

Project WARM

"Firewood" within the City goes toward helping those in need through the Salvation Army and Project WARM. If you, or someone you know is in need of firewood during the winter, please contact Project Warm at (804) 225-7470.

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