Recycling in Ashland

Find out how and where to recycle various items

Some of these recycling programs are part of the CVWMA offerings, while others are available to Ashland residents through an cooperative agreement with Hanover County. Visit the Hanover County Hanover Department of Public Works website for more information. What can I recycle?

Collection sites provided to Ashland residents by the Solid Waste Division for the Hanover County Department of Public Works. Hanover County maintains six solid waste service convenience centers where residents may dispose of household waste and recyclables, as well as the transfer station off U.S. Route 301. The solid waste convenience centers are available for household refuse only and are not to be used by businesses.

No fee is charged to Hanover residents for waste disposal or drop-off recycling. To use a center at no charge you must have a Hanover County, Ashland, or Public Works vehicle decal or special permit. Public Works decals are available at any center with proper proof of residency.

Place accepted items only in recycling containers.

 

Recycling Collection Schedule
    Appliances (White Goods)

    Appliances and white goods such as refrigerators, stoves and washing machines. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Fees may apply for Freon removal.

    Limited amounts of bulky trash (such as furniture or appliances), may be placed at the curb on your regular collection day. The limit per bulk collection is not to exceed the capacity of a 1/2 ton pickup truck. However, you must call CVWMA  at 804-425-0500 at least one day in advance to schedule your bulk items for collection. Residents must make their own arrangements with a licensed professional to have Freon (CFC/HCFC) removed prior to placing appliance at the curb for pickup.

    Microwaves and other small appliances. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers by placing items in Goodwill containers at the Elmont and Mechanicsville Centers or reuse areas at the other centers if in good working condition. There is a permanent electronics collection trailer located at Courthouse Convenience Center for both working and non-working units.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

     

     

    Automobile Fluids

    The following automobile fluids may be recycled at Hanover County convenience centers. See locations.

    Antifreeze

    Diesel Fuel. Recycle in oil drum.

    Gasoline. Recycle leaded and unleaded in the Category 1 waste drum.

    Motor Oil. Accepted items in oil drum 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 in the Category 1 waste drum.

    Oil Filters

    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 oil drum.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

     

    Batteries

    Do not place batteries of any kind in your recycling cart.

    Alkaline. Safe for disposal in your trash, or recycle through Call2Recycle.

    Lead acid. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers, Battery Barn, Batteries Plus or automotive supply stores.

    Rechargeable. Recycle at Ashland Municipal Building, Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers, home improvement centers, electronics retailers, Battery Barn or Batteries Plus.  

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours

    When It Comes to Electronics and Batteries Recycling, Only You Can Prevent Fires (Source: Recycling Partnership)

    Cartons

    Cartons. Recycle food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes, soup, wine, creamer, egg substitutes. Empty, rinse and reattach plastic cap back on the carton before placing in recycling container. If possible, please do not flatten the cartons.

    What can be recycled?

     

    Clothing and Shoes

    Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers by placing items in blue Goodwill containers or resell at local consignment stores or donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, schools or places of worship.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

     

    Electronics

    Recycle unwanted and non-working electronics. There are fees to recycle certain items.

    Microwaves and small appliances. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers by placing items in Goodwill containers at the Elmont and Mechanicsville Centers or reuse areas at the other centers if in good working condition. There is a permanent electronics collection trailer located at Courthouse Convenience Center for both working and non-working units.

    Cell Phones. Recycle at permanent electronics collection trailer located at the Courthouse Convenience Center, recycle with some electronics retailers, donate, or return to your service provider.

    Computers and Computer Accessories. Fees may apply. Computer systems (hard drive, CPU, accessories such as cables, wires, keyboards, mouse, speakers, etc.), printers, scanners & copiers, fax machines, VCRs & camcorders, stereos, etc.

    Recycle at permanent electronics collection trailer located at Courthouse Convenience Center, 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.

    Televisions and Monitors. Fees apply. Recycle at the Route 301 Transfer Station  or donate working TVs to charitable organization. Newer, operational items may be donated to a charitable organization, but check first to find out if the item is desired.

    Stereos and VCRs. Recycle at permanent electronics collection trailer located at Courthouse Convenience Center or donate to charitable organization. Before donating to a charitable organization (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army), find out if the organization has use for your particular model.

    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.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Check with Hanover Department of Public Works at 804-365-6181 for any limits on TVs/monitors and fees for recycling electronics.

    (Note: Hanover businesses, government and schools must recycle and must use the 301 Transfer Station. All e-waste is $50 per ton plus additional fees for all TVs and monitors).

    When It Comes to Electronics and Batteries Recycling, Only You Can Prevent Fires (Source Recycling Partnership)

     

    Glass

    Glass bottles and jars (no lids please). Empty, rinse. Recycle glass bottles and jars through Ashland’s curbside recycling program or at one of the drop-off containers located at Hanover County Solid Waste Recycling Centers.

    No other glass items accepted for recycling.

    What can be recycled?

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    Lawnmowers

    Drain fluids and recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Metal

    Aluminum and steel cans. Empty and rinse to recycle. Recycle through Ashland’s  curbside recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off containers located at Hanover County convenience centers. In addition, Hanover County offers a Habitat for Humanity container for aluminum cans recycling at its convenience centers.

    Coat hangers, wire. Do not place in recycling cart. Recycle with metal at Hanover County convenience centers. Many dry cleaners will also accept wire coat hangers.

    Miscellaneous metal. Contact Hanover County to see if they can recycle your metal items. If you want to recycle a lawnmower, please see section in this Recycling Wizard feature for that item.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Oil

    Fuel Oil (#2,#4 and #6). Recycle in oil drum at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Motor Oil. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

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

    Oil Filters. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Paints and Solvents

    Oil-based and Latex paints. Not accepted for recycling. NO liquid paints. Reuse by offering larger quantities of leftover paint to neighbors, school drama departments or county/city graffiti cleanup programs. Dispose of by allowing paint to dry and include in your regular trash or in a trash container located at one of the Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Accelerate drying by adding kitty litter, sawdust or other absorbent material to paint in can. Or purchase paint-drying compounds at area home improvement stores or paint retailers.

    Other Category 1 items. Recycle varnish/shellac, stains and tints, lacquer thinners, polyurethane, primers, paint reducers, Varsol, mineral spirits, turpentine, other flammable solvents at the Category 1 Waste drum at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Paper

    Paper (such as brown paper bags, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, cracker boxes, cereal boxes, macaroni boxes, phone books, white office paper, cardboard.) Recycle through curbside recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling containers located at Hanover County Solid Waste Recycling Centers.

    Hardback books. Do not place in curbside or drop-off containers. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers in blue Goodwill containers or donate to Salvation Army, schools, libraries or places of worship.

    NO shredded paper is accepted.

    No other type of paper items are accepted.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Plastics

    PLASTIC BAGS or PLASTIC FILM/WRAP items are NOT ACCEPTED.  No plastic bagged recyclables. Recycle plastic bags and film at local grocery/retail stores. Find participating stores at bagandfilmrecycling.org

    Plastic. Household kitchen, laundry, and bath plastic bottles, tubs and containers. Rinse and attach lids and caps (all free of food residue) to recycle. Recycle through Ashland’s curbside recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling containers located at Hanover County Solid Waste Recycling Centers.

    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.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

     

    Propane Tanks

    Propane Tanks. Recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

    Tires

    Used Tires. Return to retail location where new tires are purchased or recycle at Hanover County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    What can be recycled?

    Click here for site locations and hours.

     

    Yard and Vegetative

    Yard Waste. As a service to residents, the town street crew collects brush and leaves placed at the curb year-round. This yard waste is then chipped into a mulch that is available at the Town Shop to residents free of charge on a self-serve basis. As an alternative and/or supplement to curbside brush collection, the town also encourages composting yard waste.

    Christmas Trees. Street crew collects Christmas trees placed at curb.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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. Many local charitable organizations accept car donations. Search online.
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