Recycling in Chesterfield

Find out how and where to recycle various items

Chesterfield County offers a variety of recycling and waste programs for residents. Some programs are through CVWMA, while others the county has procured with its own contractor. Find more information at the Chesterfield County Waste and Resource Recovery Division or call 804-748-1297.

    Appliances (White Goods)

    Refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, air conditioners and dryers. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with county staff for information and fees.

    Microwaves. Recycle at the Southern Area Convenience Center or CVWMA special electronics recycling events.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and fees, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Automobile Fluids

    Antifreeze. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Diesel Fuel. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Gasoline. Recycle leaded and unleaded gasoline at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Motor Oil. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. 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 and #6). Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Motor Oil Additives. Recycle motor oil additives at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers . Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Oil Filters. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location 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 and #6) at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and fees, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Batteries

     

    Do not place batteries in residential or drop-off recycling containers.

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

    Lead acid. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area. Also can be taken to automotive supply stores, Battery Barn or Batteries Plus.

    Rechargeable. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area. Also can be taken to home improvement centers, electronics retailers, Battery Barn or Batteries Plus.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and fees, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call 804-748-1297.

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

    Cartons

    Food and Beverage Cartons. Food and beverage cartons may be recycled at all Chesterfield County recycling drop-offs. Check with your curbside recycling contractor about residential collection. Empty, rinse and place cap back on the carton before placing it in the recycling container.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

     

    Clothing and Shoes

    Clothing and shoes may be placed in blue Goodwill boxes at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Electronics

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

    Computers. CPUs, hard drives, wires and cables may be recycled at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers or CVWMA special electronics recycling collection events. 

    Computer Accessories. Computer accessories (monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), printers, scanners & copiers, fax machines, VCRs & camcorders and stereos. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection events, or donate to charitable organization. 

    Televisions. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection events (fees apply), or donate working TVs to charitable organizations. 

    Stereos and VCRs. Recycle at CVWMA special electronics recycling collection events or donate to charitable organization. 

    Toner and Ink. Recycle with cartridge recycling companies or office supply retail stores. 

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

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and fees, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Glass

    Glass bottles and jars may be recycled at all Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and drop-off locations (no metal lids). Check with your curbside recycling contractor about residential collection.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Lawnmowers

    To dispose of lawnmowers, drain fluids and recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area. Fees apply.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and fees, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Metal

    Aluminum and steel cans. Recycle through curbside recycling collection program, or drop off at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers.

    Miscellaneous Metal. Contact Chesterfield County staff to see if they can recycle your metal items. If you want to recycle a lawnmower, see section in Recycling Wizard for that item.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Oil

    Fuel Oil (#2,#4 and #6). Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Motor Oil. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location 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 and #6)

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Paints and Solvents

    Chesterfield County offers disposal services for a variety of household hazardous waste products at the Northern Area and Southern Area convenience centers. Waste products such as paints, pesticides, acids, solvents and aerosol cans can be disposed of at these sites. Auto batteries are also accepted at both convenience centers. A key benefit of this program is protecting the environment from illegal dumping and disposal of hazardous materials.

    There is a 10-gallon limit for disposal of paint.

    Please contact county staff directly. Site attendants will assist with proper disposal of these materials.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Paper

    Office paper, brown paper bags, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, empty cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pasta boxes. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and drop-off locations or with your curbside recycling contractor.

    No shredded paper.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Plastics

    Keep plastic bags, wraps and films out of all recycling. Return these to grocery stores or other retailers. Find participating retailers closest to you.

    No plastic bagged recyclables.

    No Styrofoam.

    Plastic. Recycle household kitchen, laundry and bath plastic bottles, jugs and tubs. Empty, rinse and replace plastic lids and caps (no food residue).

    Recycle through curbside recycling collection program, or drop off at the Chesterfield County Convenience Centers and drop-off locations.

    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.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Propane Tanks

    Grills and Propane Tanks. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    Tires

    Used Tires. Return to retail location when new tires are purchased, or recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area. Fees apply.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

     

     

     

    Yard and Vegetative

    Yard Waste (brush). Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings). Compost at home or recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    Christmas Trees. Recycle at Chesterfield County Convenience Centers. Check with gate staff for location in the recycling area.

    For information about Chesterfield County Convenience Centers, visit www.chesterfield.gov/539/Convenience-Centers or call county staff at 804-748-1297.

    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.
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