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Refuse Collection Program
Refuse Collection Program
The Town of Vienna has simplified the household trash collection process: All household waste, recycling, yard waste, brush, and bulk items are removed on the same day each week. Five equally sized collection routes are designated throughout the Town.

How it works each day:
  • Two refuse packer trucks collect household waste and non-metal furniture, lumber, rugs, homeowner/handyman debris, and other "special pickup" items that the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station will accept.
  • Two refuse packer trucks collect single-stream recycling, including large materials like appliance boxes and other items that can be recycled at the Waste Management Recycling Station in Merrifield.
  • A knuckle-boom and tandem truck collect loose brush, limbs, yard waste, and other material that can be recycled at the I-66 Transfer Station.
  • A sanitation inspector collects any metal set out for collection.

Placement of receptacles on collection day
Please place all items at the curb line or edge of pavement by 6 am on collection day (but not earlier than 6 pm the preceding evening) where it will be easily and safely accessible. Refuse containers should not be left on a sidewalk or any portion of a street right-of-way where they would interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

Please remove all receptacles from the curb line or edge of pavement as soon as possible after collection and by 7 pm the same evening as collection. The Town reserves the right to designate collection points where there is a question or doubt. 

Receptacle requirements
Receptacles should be a maximum of 55 gallons with a 40-pound weight limit, be watertight, metal or plastic (non-breakable), with handles and tight-fitting covers. Plastic bags may be substituted for trash containers provided they meet the 40-pound weight limit. 

Recycling may be placed in paper bags, plastic bins, or loose in a can. More on recycling.

Yard waste is any soft vegetative debris such as grass clippings, leaves, weeds, vines, etc. and must be contained in a clear plastic bag or a yard waste-specific paper bag obtainable at any local hardware store. Effective July 1, 2017, plastic bags will no longer be accepted for yard waste. After that date, yard waste may be placed in paper bags or loose in a can. There is a 20-bag maximum pickup limit per collection day, and each bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Brush is branches or tree debris that are eight feet or less in length and six inches or less in diameter. Brush may be piled next to the curb, bundled, or left loose in a trash can if it is shorter than four feet in length.

Disposing of old trash cans
To be sure there is no miscommunication and residents' trash cans are not destroyed accidentally, trash crews will only dispose of defective trash cans that are no longer suitable for use when the cans are upside down and clearly marked "take" for disposal.

More Information
If you don't see your question answered in the FAQs or need more information, contact the Department of Public Works through one of the following methods:
  • By Email: Email the Department of Public Works.
  • By Phone: Call the Department of Public Works at 703-255-6380.
  • By Mail: Department of Public Works, 127 Center Street, S, Vienna, VA 22180
Recycling decals are available to residents through the Public Works Department for placement on permanent recycling containers. This complimentary decal assists Town crews in identifying recycling from trash. The decal is not a requirement, and all trash and recycling will be collected with or without an identifying decal.