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Last Updated: 2020-01-16


Plastic Makes Problems

Plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables are not accepted at our local recycling drop-off containers. Plastic bags and plastic bagged recyclables cause problems at the sorting facility, raise disposal costs and are impacting residential recycling programs nationwide. We are asking local recyclers to not place them in their recycling containers and to recycle plastic bags at local grocery/retail stores.

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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.

Recycling Collection Calendar

Holiday Schedule

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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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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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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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