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Last Updated: 2016-05-06


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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.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and The Recycling Partnership, along with local partners, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) and TFC Recycling welcomed some of the program’s funding partners, including Coca-Cola and MeadWestvaco, for the official announcement of the city-wide rollout.

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Richmond Recycles Blue Super Can

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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: What if I do not want a recycling cart?
A: If the cart has been delivered and you do not want it, please contact CVWMA at 340-0900 or Darlene Mallory at 646-8325

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: Will there be changes for residents whose trash is collected curbside?
A: No. Your recycling will still be collected at the curb.

Q: Is there a place to turn in my small green recycling bin?
A: You can keep your bin if you want or you can take it to the DPW Roadway Division at 3506 Hopkins Rd.

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: What if I don’t have room for the additional 95 gallon cart?
A: Households with two or more supercans may relinquish a can in order to accommodate the recycling cart. It also is possible for neighbors to share a cart.

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. Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, accepted items for recycling will now include plastics #1- #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:

    Cardboard Recycling Picture


    - Corrugated cardboard boxes

    Can Recycling Picture

    Steel & Aluminum Cans

    - Aluminum beverage cans, metal cans, including food and beverage cans

    Paper Recycling Picture

    Mixed Paper

    - Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, junk mail, cereal and other paperboard boxes and paper bags

    Plastics Recycling Picture

    Plastic Bottles #1 - #7
    - In addition to narrow-neck bottles with a PETE (or PET) on the bottom such as milk and juice jugs, soda & water bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles caps and lids will be accepted (all free of food and residue) along with waxy cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes and egg substitutes.

    Bottles Recycling Picture

    Glass Bottles and Jars

    - Clear, blue, brown and green food and beverage containers

Q: Will residents still be able to get the small recycling bins?
A: No. They will no longer be available and they will no longer be emptied.

Q: If residents already have purchased a cart, can they get a refund since the City will be providing one to each household?
A: No. The City will not offer refunds. However, if a resident only needs one cart, they can turn in the one they purchased and just keep the newer one. If you are able to utilize both carts, you will be able to double your rewards perks.

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.

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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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The Recycling Partnership Logo                         TFC Recycling Logo                        

    CVWMA Recycling Logo                                 SERDC Recycling Logo


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
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