Curbside Recycling Guidelines
Curbside recycling service in Loudoun County is offered by the incorporated towns, home owner associations, residential and commercial property management offices, or by direct subscription with local waste collection service providers.
- Curbside recycling bins are provided by the service provider or agency that is responsible for ensuring service. Recycling bins are also available for purchase at local home improvement stores and on-line.
- Curbside recycling bins should be covered with a lid or other means to prevent litter.
- Grass clippings, leaves, and twigs should not be set out in plastic bags, only use paper bags designed for yard waste or a reusable container.
- Recycling information for scrap metal items, household batteries, light bulbs, electronics, motor oil, other automotive fluids, and car batteries is available at our recycling page.
- Disposal information for garbage, latex paint, construction materials, plate glass, and other types of trash is available at our landfill page.
- Disposal information for hazardous materials and substances and medical wastes is available at www.loudoun.gov/hhw.
More information also is available by calling the Waste Management Division of the Loudoun County Department of General Services at 703-771-5500.
Items Accepted for Curbside Recycling
"Typical recyclable items" that are accepted through curbside service include:
- Aluminum cans
- Cereal boxes
- Container lids
- Disposable pans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Office paper
- Plastic bottles
- Plastic jars
- Plastic tubs / cups
- Steel cans
Contents should be emptied from bottles, cans and jars, and any rinsing should be minimized to conserve water. Minor residuals of food or detergent is okay.
Check with your service provider for a complete list of what is accepted for recycling.
Items Not Accepted for Curbside Recycling
Plastic bags of any type are not accepted for curbside recycling because they cause equipment jamming issues at recycling sorting facilities, which also includes any plastic bags used for carrying out the recyclables. Recyclables should be placed loosely in recycling bins, without the bag, and the recycling bin should be covered to prevent litter. Plastic grocery bags should be returned to grocery stores for recycling. Visit our recycling page for a list of other types of plastic bags also accepted through grocery store bag recycling programs.
Other items that should not be placed in the recycling bin include any type of:
- Any type of glass other than bottles and jars
- Food waste other than minor residuals in food and beverage containers
- Light bulbs
- Medical wastes and syringes
- Motor oil bottles and other automotive fluid bottles
- Paper cups
- Paper plates
- Pesticide and herbicide containers, other hazardous chemical bottles
- Pizza box bottoms (or any paper that has been contaminated with food or grease)
- Plastic serving utensils or straws
- Plastic wrap
- Screws and nails
- String or twine
- Any other items that are not listed above among the "Items Accepted for Curbside Recycling" section
Just because an item is plastic, metal or glass does not mean it is accepted through your curbside recycling service.