I live in an apartment/townhouse complex. How can I recycle?
CVWMA drop-off recycling sites provide convenient recycling opportunities to homes not included in the residential (curbside) collection program. The same material is collected in this program as in the residential (curbside) program. For more information about the drop-off recycling program, click
I will be moving soon. Does my new house have residential recycling?
Residential recycling collection through CVWMA is available to single-family residences at this time in nine localities. Please try our address search feature
or contact CVWMA at (804)340-0900
to see if your new address has residential (curbside) recycling service. If you are moving from a home that has residential (curbside) recycling collection, remember to leave your CVWMA container at your old house. The container belongs to the home, not to you.
How to Recycle
What containers can I use to recycle?
Review the recycling container options
available where you live. Some of our residential (curbside) recycling local governments let you use personal containers such as paper grocery bags, cardboard boxes, or sturdy plastic totes, small trash cans purchased at a local store. (No commercial containers). We ask that if your personal container is LARGER THAN 40 gallons that it have a steel bar for easy tipping. Request stickers
to identify your personal container as recycling.
My school/small business wants to recycle- can you help?
Residential (Curbside) recycling collection through the CVWMA program is only available to residences at this time. To coordinate recycling service to your school/university
, you will need to contact a private company. Types of materials accepted varies by company. You may wish to contact several companies to determine the best service for your needs.
Why can't apartments or townhouses receive recycling collection service?
Residential (Curbside) service is generally provided to single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and quadraplexes. Townhome complexes are considered private property, so permission must be granted by the association before our Recycling Contractors can authorize their drivers enter parking lots. The size and layout of the parking lots can also make collection difficult for the drivers and access by recycling trucks. Parked cars in front of homes decreases ability of the drivers to see containers for collection.
What to Recycle
What items can I recycle?
CVWMA accepts the following items
at this time in its residential (aka curbside) recycling program. Accepted items include aluminum and steel cans, food and beverage cartons (empty, rinse and replace cap), glass bottles and jars (no metal lids or caps, no plastic caps attached to glass jars), office paper, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, flattened cardboard, and kitchen, laundry, and bath plastics bottles, jugs and tubs (empty, rinse, and replace plastic cap to recycle).
Can I recycle shredded paper with my other accepted residential (curbside) recycling items?
No. CVWMA does not accept shredded paper. The paper shreds clog the machinery at the material recovery facility (or MRF) that processes recyclable materials in Chester, contaminates the glass processing and ends up as litter inside the MRF. Consider contacting a local animal shelter to see if they can use, composting it, or participate in a local document shredding event.
When to Recycle
What do I do if my recycling isn't collected on the scheduled day?
Over 270,000 homes are provided with curbside recycling collection through CVWMA. Your recycling containers must be out for service by 7 am on your normal collection day. Collection begins at 7:00 am and may continue until 7:00 pm. Please be patient if the drivers drive past your home (or alley). Collection often occurs at different times on each side of the street.
If you are missed, leave your container(s) at the curb. Report the missed collection to CVWMA at (804)340-0900. Or, send a detailed email with your name, address, and service issue. If you are calling after business hours, leave a message and your request will be processed the next business day. Posting service issues on social media cannot be processed.