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Today is Wed Jan 17, CVWMA residential recycling in Henrico and Richmond and trash collection in Col Heights on regular pickup schedule at this time.  Hopewell recycling delayed one day.  We are closely monitoring weather and road conditions.

Residential Trash Collection – City of Colonial Heights

Weekly residential trash collection in the city is through a public/private contract with CVWMA. The current contractor is Container First Services (CFS). Trash is collected once a week on Wednesdays. The City provides each resident with a 68-gallon trash cart. Additional trash carts will be available for the purchase price of $55. To obtain a second cart, please contact the Utility Billing Office and the cost will be added to your next utility bill. Each additional cart will also result in an additional $2.00 monthly service fee.

Col. Heights residents: Your collection day is WEDNESDAY.

Trash is collected each Wednesday. Place cart at the curb by 7 am on Wednesday. Normal collection hours are 7 am to 7 pm. 

Customer Service

For questions not addressed by the information below, please call the Trash Collection Hotline at (804) 425-0500 for assistance.

Trash Collection Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines for proper and efficient trash collection.

  • Each address is provided one 68- gallon burgandy cart for use. Addtional carts will be available for the purchase price of $60.00. There is a $2.10 monthly fee for each additional cart.
  • Trash must be at the curb by 7:00 am on the scheduled collection day.
  • Container should have handles facing house with the front of the cart facing to the street.
  • Container should be 5 feet from any car or mailbox and at least 2 feet of space between multiple containers.
  • Place extra trash in tied trash bags next to the cart for collection.  Only trash in a burgandy cart and tied trash bags beside burgandy cart will be collected.   Extra trash in personal trash cans will not be collected.
  • Paints, motor oil, anti-freeze, and hazardous wastes will not be accepted.  Click here for proper disposal options for these types of waste.
  • Construction waste (such as lumber, wire, sheetrock, concrete, etc) generated during construction, remodeling, or repair of pavements, house or other structure are not accepted.
  • The maximum weight allowed per cart shall be 200 pounds when fully loaded.
  • After being emptied, trash carts should be removed from the right-of-way by 7 pm of the day following collection.


  • Prunings, grass clippings, weeds, leaves, brush, and general yard and garden wastes must be bagged and securely tied together or bundled.
  • Bundled brush will be collected.  Brush must be tied in bundles less than four feet in length and weighing less than 75 pounds.
  • Bagged leaves will be collected year round. The limit per collection day is 30 bags, each weighing no more than 50 pounds.


  • Limited amounts of bulky trash (like furniture, water heaters and appliances) will be collected at the curb on your regular collection day.  The amount should not exceed the capacity of a 1/2 ton pickup truck.
  • Appliances that contain Freon (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners) require special handling.  You must pay a $10 fee for the safe removal of the Freon prior to pickup.  Submit your fee to the City of Colonial Heights Treasurer’s Office.  Put the receipt in a zip top bag and place it inside the appliance on the day of collection.
  • Collection of large amounts of bulky material (or more than would fit into a pickup truck) must be arranged at least one day in advance.  A fee may be charged.  Collection may occur on a day that is different from your regular collection day.  For questions about this service, contact the Trash Collection Hotline at 425-0500.

Holiday Collection Schedule

Trash will not be collected on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Click here for quick reference to the holidays that impact trash collection service.