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Recycling in Richmond

Find out how and where to recycle various items

The City of Richmond offers many services for city residents through the Department of Public Works including a variety of recycling and proper disposal programs for many household waste items that can be diverted from local landfills. Check out the Recycling Wizard feature on this page to see what you can recycle in the City.

CVWMA Announces Changes to Its Residential Recycling (Curbside) and Drop-off Recycling Programs Starting July 1.

Download 2017 CVWMA Recycling Collection Schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

Appliances (White Goods)

Appliances and white goods such as refrigerators, stove, washing machine. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. $15 fee applies for each appliance (airconditioner, refrigerator, etc) containing Freon (CFC or HCFC gas). This charge is to offset the cost of properly recycling this regulated material from the appliance.

The City does offer Bulk pickups with its Residential Trash Collection program. There is a $50 fee to dispose of appliances, which can be conveniently added to the customer’s utility bill. Refuse must be placed at the curb no later than 7 am on pickup day.

Microwaves, toasters, blenders, mixers, toaster oven, etc (smaller type appliances). Recycle at City of Richmond Public Use Area or CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event.

Automobile Fluids

*Paints, Auto Fluids and Chemicals (Household Hazardous Waste)  (* Limit: 20 gallons a month per resident)

Antifreeze. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the used antifreeze tank at recycling area.

Diesel Fuel. Recycle diesel fuel in the oil drum at the East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the recycling area.

Gasoline. Recycle leaded and unleaded gasoline along with paint and solvents in the paint drums at the East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the recycling area.

Motor Oil. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. Accepted items in the used motor oil tank include: motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, diesel fuel, gear oil, Aviation turbine engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel oil (#2, #4,#6)

Motor Oil Additives. Recycle motor oil additives along with paint and solvents in the paint drums at the East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the recycling area.

Oil Filters. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the recycling area.

Other Auto Fluids. Recycle auto fluids such as transmission fluid, power steering fluid, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, jet fuel, diesel fuel and fuel oil (#2, #4, #6) in the used motor oil tank at East Richmond Road Public Use Areas in the recycling area

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Batteries

Alkaline. Safe for disposal in your trash.

Lead acid. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area in the recycling area or automotive supply store. See telephone directory for addresses and phone numbers of Battery Barn, Batteries Plus, automotive supply stores or search online.

Rechargeable. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Areas in the recycling area, home improvement centers, electronics retailers, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus.  See telephone directory for addresses and phone numbers of Battery Barn, Batteries Plus, ,home improvement centers, electronics retailers or other retailers or search online.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Cartons

CVWMA Announces Changes to Its Residential Recycling (Curbside) and Drop-off Recycling Programs Starting July 1.

Recycle waxy coated milk, juice, juice boxes, soup, wine, creamer, egg substitutes. Rinse and place cap back on the carton before placing it in your recycling container.

What to recycle with City of Richmond and CVWMA.

Clothing and Shoes

Resell at local consignment stores or donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, schools, churches, etc. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations or consignment stores.

Electronics

Recycle unwanted electronics.

Cell Phones. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event, some electronics retailers, donate , or return to your cellular service provider.

Computers and Computer Accessories. Computer systems (hard drive, CPU),fee will apply for CRT monitors, Computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.),Printers, scanners & copiers, Fax machines,VCRs & camcorders, Stereos, etc.  Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event or donate to charitable organization. Before donating a computer to a charitable organization (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army), find out if the organization has use for your particular model. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Televisions. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event (fees may apply) or donate working TV’s to charitable organization. Newer, operational items may be donatable to a charitable organization, but check first to find out if the item is desired.See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Stereos and VCRs.  Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection event or donate to charitable organization. Before donating a computer to a charitable organization (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army), find out if the organization has use for your particular model. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Toner and Ink. Recycle with cartridge recycling companies or office supply retail stores. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of cartridge recycling companies or office supply retail stores.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars (no lids please). Recycle through City of Richmond’s residential recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling collection sites

No other glass items accepted for recycling.

Lawnmowers

Drain fluids and recycle at  one of East Richmond Road Public Use Areas.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Metal

Aluminum and steel cans ( no lids, please).  Recycle through City of Richmond’s residential recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling collection sites

Miscellaneous Metal. Contact City of Richmond staff to see if they can recycle your metal items.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Oil

*Paints, Auto Fluids and Chemicals (Household Hazardous Waste)  (* Limit: 20 gallons a month per resident)

Fuel Oil (#2,#4, and #6). Recycle in the used motor oil tank at East Richmond Road Public Use Areas in the recycling area.

Motor Oil. Recycle in the used motor oil tank at East Richmond Road Public Use Areas in the recycling area.

Accepted items in the used motor oil tank include: motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, diesel fuel, gear oil, Aviation turbine engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel oil (#2, #4,#6)

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Paints and Solvents

*Paints, Auto Fluids and Chemicals (Household Hazardous Waste)  (* Limit: 20 gallons a month per resident)

Latex paints. Not accepted for recycling. Reuse by offering larger quantities of left-over paint to neighbors, school drama departments, or county/city graffitti cleanup program.  Dispose by allowing paint to dry out and include in your regular trash or at a trash container located at one of the East Richmond Road Public Use area. Accelerate drying by adding kitty litter, sawdust, or other absorbent material to paint in can. Or purchase paint-drying compunds at area home improvement centers or paint retailers.

Oil-Based paints and other Category 1 items. Recycle oil-based paints, varnish/shellac, stains and tints, lacqueer thinners, polyurethane, primers, paint redcuers, Varsol, mineral spirits, turpentine, other flammable solvents in the paint area at East Richmond Road Public Use Area.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Paper

Cardboard boxes and Mixed Paper (such as brown paper bags, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, cracker boxes, cereal boxes, macaroni boxes, phone books, paperback *books, white office paper.) Recycle through City of Richmond’s residential recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling collection sites

No other type of paper items are accepted.

*Hardback cover books. Must remover cover and binding to be recycled. Or donate to local book exchange, charities, schools, churches, etc. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of charitable organizations.

Plastics

NO PLASTIC BAGS, please. Recycle at local retail stores

Household kitchen, laundry, and bath plastic bottles and containers (#1 – # 7). Rinse and replace cap back on to recycle.  Recycle through City of Richmond’s residential recycling collection program,  or at one of the city’s drop-off recycling centers or recycling center at the Public Use Areas.

Can I recycle a motor oil bottle with a #2 on the bottom?

No. Motor oil residue has always been one of the biggest contaminants for our plastics markets. The oil residue seeps into the porous plastic and cannot be removed through the washing process after the plastic is ground up. Oil and water do not mix. Of course you should never try to rinse or wash a motor oil bottle yourself since motor oil down the sink or storm drain causes a much larger environmental crisis than a plastic bottle in the trash.

Save those containers to pour used motor-oil back in to for return to your local automotive parts store.

Oil, paint, bleach, insecticides and other hazardous substance containers are human health threats if disposed of improperly.

Propane Tanks

Propane Tanks. Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. Ask personnel at the facility where to place these items.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Tires

Used Tires. Return to retail location when new tires are purchased or Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. Place at tire trailer. Please note, residents are allowed to dispose of four automotice (4) tires with their paid fee to dispose. Additional tires from a residence are $1.00 each. Tires from businesses and from cleaning up vacant lots will be charged $125 per ton.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

Yard and Vegetative

Christmas Trees. Recycle at City of Richmond’s “Bring One for the Chipper” annual event held the second Saturday in January. Please contact Darlene Mallory with the Clean City Commission for more information on this annual event.

Yard Waste (brush). Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. Residents can place large bulk items, like brush, besides their Supercans. These items will be picked up at no charge within a 2-4 week period. There is no need to separate yard waste from household waste. For more information on the collection of solid waste and bulk wastes, visit City website or please call the Department of Public Works Customer Care Center at 804-646-0999

Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings). Compost at home or Recycle at East Richmond Road Public Use Area. Residents can place large bulk items, like brush, besides their Supercans. These items will be picked up at no charge within a 2-4 week period. There is no need to separate yard waste from household waste. . For more information on the collection of solid waste and bulk wastes, visit City website or please call the Department of Public Works Customer Care Center at 804-646-0999

The City also offers Leaf Collection Service.

East Richmond Road Public Use Area closed on Saturdays.

 

Other Options

For additional options, please consider the following resources:

  • Earth 911: national online database of recycling and waste reduction resources organized by zip code
  • 1-800-Got-Junk?: national company that loads and hauls away unwanted items to recycling or waste facilities for a flat fee (check the telephone directory for similar waste hauling companies)
  • Junk King of Central Virginia: local company that provides turnkey junk removal services to residential and business customers in great Richmond region. They recycle at least 60 % or more of everything they pick up.
  • Trash Fairies: local company that provides valet doorstep recycling and trash service for multi-family housing.
  • Car donations. See telephone directory or search online for addresses and phone numbers of local charitable organizations that accept car donations.