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Last Updated: 2017-04-18


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New Recycling Carts

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In 2015 the City distributed 95-gallon recycling carts to City households, including dwellings with up to four units. The enhanced recycling initiative comes as a result of grant for a first-of-its-kind private/public recycling agreement with The Recycling Partnership, (formerly Curbside Value Partnership or CVP). Richmond is one of only four cities in the southeast to receive the grant money. In addition to increasing the amount residents can recycle, the program will enable the City to provide alley collection in neighborhoods where trash is picked up in alleys. Until now, all recycling collections have been curbside.

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Richmond Recycles Blue Super Can

City Receives Grant and will Upgrade Recycling Program

Under the terms of the grant agreement, the City will receive nearly $560,000.

  $350,000 to purchase the 95-gallon recycling carts, each equipped with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag tracking mechanism

  $70,000 for expanded community outreach/education campaign and the implementation of the initial phase-in

  $139,000 ‘in-kind’ from CVP to expand education and community outreach

Richmond Recycles Blue Super Can


Because each cart is equipped with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag tracking mechanism, residents will be able to sign up for Recycling Perks. Those who utilize their recycling carts can receive up to $25 month of coupons and discounts at participating merchants. The program has three major advantages:

(1) promotes local merchants

(2) helps divert waste from landfills, and

(3) allows you to save money through discounts at participating merchants.

You can sign up for the program by clicking on the Recycling Perks icon below.


Q: Will residents see an increase in fees to augment the cost of this program?
A: No. There will be an increase in the overall subscription fee; but there will be no fee hike for residents, as there will be savings in other areas, such as tonnages and items diverted from the waste stream.

Q: Will the trash collection and recycling still be picked up on the same day?
A: Yes. The collection day is not changing for either service.

Q: What happens if I need more than one cart?
A: Contact CVWMA at (804)340-0900 to get an extra cart. The cost per additional cart is $65.00. Delivery is within 2-3 weeks.

Q: I’m just starting to recycle. How will I know what to put in the cart?
A: There is a label on the lid detailing which recyclables to put in the can. Additional items accepted include plastics #1 thru #7 bottles and containers, caps and lids (all free of food and residue), and waxy cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes, and egg substitutes. No plastics bags, Styrofoam, food contaminated pizza boxes are accepted. And, just to help you out, here’s a list from CVWMA::

Q: How can I request a recycling cart if I don’t have one?
A: Contact Darlene Mallory at 804.646.8325

Q: Will the City incur any additional costs once the program is in place?
A: No. Currently it costs approximately $1.4M to service 61,000 households. The new City-wide program will cost approximately $2.1M, or an anticipated increase of $734K. However, with savings estimated at $760K, the City will see a surplus of $26K annually over the next eight years.

Recycling Collection Calendar

Recycling Holiday Collection Calendar

Click here to find your TRASH collection day


The City’s upgraded recycling program is a collaborative effort. Along with City residents, these agencies are instrumental in its success.

Click on the icons for additional information and to sign up for Recycling Perks.

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City Ordinance, No. 2007-230-275 allows receptacles to be placed on City property or in the public right-of-way no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and requires the receptacles be removed by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection. The city of Richmond will issue warnings for refuse and recycling receptacles left in the public right of way outside of specified collection times. The trash and recycling receptacles used by Richmond residents and businesses will be subject to these warnings. The City's Department of Public Works will place yellow warning stickers on receptacles that must be removed. Leaving receptacles on public sidewalks, alleys, roads and other city property isn't just unsightly, it also creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles. Please help keep these areas attractive and safe by removing your receptacles outside of the specified collection times.

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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