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What to Recycle

Accepted Items/Not Accepted

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No Need to Sort! Our residential recycling program is single stream. We don’t require materials to be sorted. However, if you prefer to keep like items together to organize and contain your recyclables between collections, that’s okay, too! Don’t be alarmed if the items are mixed in the truck together. Everything collected by TFC Recycling will be separated at the processing facility in Chester. Recyclables collected by CFS and County Waste from cities of Hopewell and Petersburg go to the CFS Recycling Center in Petersburg.

What’s Recyclable in CVWMA Programs

Avoid sticker shock. CVWMA contractors are now using Oops! stickers to show unaccepted items in our participating member localities

Recycle Right with CVWMA!

ACCEPTED ITEMS: Recycle cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles, tubs and containers (Empty, rinse and replace plastic cap to recycle), food and beverage cartons (empty, rinse, replace plastic cap to recycle) and glass bottles and jars (no metal lids, please).

Avoid the Oops!  NOT ACCEPTED: Leave these out of your recycling container: Plastic bags, plastic bagged recyclables, any Styrofoam (carryout or packing materials), food contaminated such as pizza boxes, no sheets or balls of aluminum foil, no shredded paper, no tanglers, hoses, cords, big items such as wood, plastic, furniture or metal.

Please do not bag your recyclables in plastic bags and place bagged recyclables in your recycling container. Recycle plastic bags at local grocery/retail stores. Plastic bags damage the sorting equipment at the material recovery facility (MRF). If you use plastic bags, please recycle at local retail stores. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video. See what really happens at a local Material Recovery Facility.

Download 2019 CVWMA Recycling Collection Schedule 
Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard boxes- please flatten. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.Greasy pizza boxes are not accepted.
Mixed Paper
Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, junk mail, cereal and other paperboard boxes and paper bags. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.Shredded paper is not accepted. Contact local animal shelter to see if they can use or use in composting.
Aluminum  and Steel Can
Aluminum beverage cans.
Metal cans, including food and beverage cans. Lids can be recycled too. Empty and rinse. Place the lid back in the can. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.Aluminum foil is not accepted.
Kitchen, Laundry, Bath: Plastic Bottles and Containers
Plastic bottles and containers such as milk and juice jugs,  soda & water bottles, shampoo bottles; detergent bottles,  butter tubs, yogurt or sour cream containers, clear clamshells, berry baskets, prescription bottles, etc. Empty, rinse, and replace cap before placing in your recycling container. Remember, Styrofoam containers/packaging are still not accepted. We do not accept motor oil plastic bottles either.Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.Plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables are not accepted.
Bottles and Jars
Clear, blue,brown & green food & beverage glass containers. Empty and rinse. Remove and throw away metal caps/lids from accepted bottles or jars before putting them in the recycling container. Metal lids are not accepted. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.Drinking glasses, Pyrex, window glass, and ceramics are not accepted.

Food and Beverage Cartons

Food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, soup, creamers. Empty, rinse, and replace plastic caps before placing in your recycling container. Here is a short video by the Carton Council on what new products that recycled cartons can be made into.

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Plastic Lids or Caps

Plastic lids and caps are accepted only IF the cap is placed back on the bottle or carton after rinsing to be recycled. Remove lids from accepted bottles or jars and rinse and replace cap before putting them in the recycling container. No loose bags of caps are accepted. The cap needs to be placed back on the bottle or carton to be recycled. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

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Oops! Do NOT Include These Items in Your Recycling Bin, Cart or Personal Container(s):

Please DO NOT include the items below.
NO Foam Products and Carryout Packaging
Including cups, carryout packaging, and packaging materials (like peanuts). Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.CVWMA contractors will be placing Oops! sticker on recycling containers that include unaccepted items.We do not accept any foam or Styrofoam items.

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NO PLASTIC BAGS. No plastic bagged recyclables.

Do not bag recyclables in plastic bags. They will not be opened and recycled at the MRF. Plastic bags can cause equipment damage at the processing facility (MRF) when they get wrapped around moving parts. Return plastic bags and film to retail stores. Recycle at local retail stores .    CVWMA contractors will be placing Oops! sticker on recycling containers that include unaccepted items.

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NO Food-contaminated items
Such as pizza boxes or aluminum foil. Any food left on your containers may attract pests to your recycling bin. Food residue also contaminates the materials and make them unrecyclable. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.  CVWMA contractors will be placing Oops! sticker on recycling containers that include unaccepted items.

 NO Hazardous Waste Containers

No flammables, motor oil, paint, or batteries are accepted. CVWMA contractors will be placing Oops! sticker on recycling containers that include unaccepted items.

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NO Tanglers

No hoses, wires, chains or electronics are accepted.  We do not accept holiday tree lights. CVWMA contractors will be placing Oops! sticker on recycling containers that include unaccepted items.

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Metal Caps
Remove and throw away metal caps/lids from accepted bottles or jars before putting them in the recycling container. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

Shredded Paper

No shredded paper. Donate to local animal shelter or use in composting.

Recycle at home? Recycling not collected? Call CVWMA at (804) 340-0900 to speak with one of our customer service representatives for recycling assistance. Please do not email or post a missed collection on social media as Staff cannot provide online assistance.