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List of Recyclable Items
Single Stream Recyclables include, but are not limited to:
  • Newspapers (including all inserts)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail (including envelopes with "windows")       
  • Cardboard and paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes and their liners)       
  • Corrugated boxes
  • Books (including paperbacks, hardbacks, textbooks, and telephone books)        
  • Office paper (including typing, copy, letterhead, and NCR) and envelopes

All items listed may be placed into your recycling bin/can loose and together - there is no need to separate your recyclables.

  • Brown paper bags
  • Glass containers such as jars and bottles
  • Ferrous and bi-metal food and beverage containers
  • Wrapping paper
  • Aluminum food & beverage containers, foil, and pie pans
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and tubs; other plastic items are not recyclable and should be placed in the regular household trash      
  • Milk, juice, broth, and soy milk containers

Please note: Plastic bags should not be included with recycling. The recycling center reports that the bags get caught in the machinery and cause problems. Please take plastic bags to the grocery store for recycling or place them with your regular household trash.

Remember to rinse any food containers before putting them into your recycle container. Not only does the county require 5% or less post-consumer waste in the container, if containers are clean, there will be fewer scavengers visiting your recycle bin. If you have questions about whether something is recyclable or not, please call DPW at 703-255-6380.


Brush/Tree Debris
  • Diameter limited to 6 inches
  • Length limited to 8 feet        
  • Place small twigs and branches loose in a trash can
  • Place larger branches loose at the curb

Non-recyclable items
  • Loose plastic bags and film
  • Food waste
  • Styrofoam/polystyrene foam cups or containers
  • Needles or medical waste
  • Hoses
  • Hazardous materials (like paint, oil, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc.)
  • Plastic utinsels
  • Broken or sharp glass
  • Ceramic materials
  • Engine blocks
  • Fast food packaging
  • Shower curtains
  • Cloth or clothing
  • Used tires