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 Meridian Services is collected once a week on Wednesdays. The City provides each resident with a 68-gallon trash cart (see image at right). Additional trash carts will be available for the purchase price of $60 ( a one time, non-refundable user fee). To obtain a second cart, please contact the Utility Billing Office and the cost will be added to your next utility bill. Each additional trash cart will also result in an additional $2.10 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 CVWMA at (804) 425-0500 or email for assistance.

Trash Collection Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines for proper and efficient trash collection.

  • Each address is provided one 68- gallon burgundy cart for use. Additional carts will be available for the purchase price of $60.00 ( a one time, non-refundable user fee). 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 burgundy cart and tied trash bags beside burgundy 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, call CVWMA at (804) 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.