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Loudoun County Recycling Drop-off Centers

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Individual Recycling Center Locations can be found below in "Subfacilities."

Acceptable Materials

  • Bottles, Cans, Jugs, and Jars:
    • Aluminum cans
    • Steel cans
    • Plastic bottles (lid may stay on)
    • Plastic jugs (lid may stay on)
    • Plastic jars (lid may stay on)
    • Glass bottles and jars (leave lid off)
  • Paper: Basically any paper that is clean and is just paper, such as...
    • Cardboard (flatten)
    • Catalogs
    • Cereal boxes, snack boxes, tissue boxes, etc.
    • Greeting cards
    • Hard cover books (remove and discard cover)
    • Junk mail, envelopes 
    • Magazines
    • Maps
    • Newspapers
    • Office paper
    • Paperback books
    • Phone books
    • Site plans
    • NO shredded paper

Unacceptable Materials


If it is not a bottle, can, jug, jar, paper, or cardboard, then it is not accepted at the recycling center, no exceptions.  If in doubt, leave it out.  The following list of unaccepted items may also help for further clarification:

ABSOLUTELY NO
  • Animal feed bags
  • Antifreeze bottles
  • Batteries
  • Beverage glasses
  • Brush (yard waste)
  • Buckets
  • Ceramics
  • Chemicals
  • Clothes, shoes, etc.
  • Construction debris
  • Containers used for hazardous substances
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Crates
  • Fireworks
  • Flower pots
  • Food or food waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Hazardous material containers
  • Household appliances
  • Leaves
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil bottles
  • Nails
  • Needles
  • Netting
  • Paint cans
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins, towels
  • Paper milk cartons, juice cartons, soup cartons
  • Pet food bags
  • Pesticide / herbicide bottles
  • Pizza box bottoms
  • Plastic bags (trash bags, recycling bags, clear bags, blue bags, grocery bags...any plastic bags)
  • Plastic clam shell shaped containers
  • Plastic packaging that is not in the shape of a bottle, jug, or jar
  • Plate glass
  • Plexiglass
  • Porcelain
  • Pottery
  • Scrap metal
  • Screws, bolts, etc.
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Syringes, medication applicators, etc.
  • Trash
  • Tree limbs
  • Twine
  • Wire
  • Windows
  • Yard waste

Preparation Guidelines


All Loudoun County locations accept recyclables mixed together.  Cardboard boxes, paper, plastic containers, metal cans and glass containers are collected mixed together in the same recycling container.  Bottles, cans, jugs and jars should be empty and lightly rinsed out.  Cardboard boxes should be completely empty and flattened.  Deposit recyclables loosely into the recycling collection container.  If you transport your recyclables in a plastic or paper bag, dump the recyclables into the collection container and take your plastic bag with you, the paper bag can go in the recycling container.  No plastic bags, period.

Absolutely no Styrofoam packaging or Styrofoam peanuts.  Remove all Styrofoam, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, plastic strapping and any other plastic packaging from cardboard boxes prior to recycling and discard with your regular household garbage. 

Items left on site or "donated for reuse" such as furniture, exercise equipment, toys, or anything not included in the above "Materials Accepted" list are considered illegal dumping.

At Home

Pour out any remaining liquids or foods from bottles, cans, jugs and jars. Food and beverage residue should be rinsed out.  Try adding a small amount of water to the container, put on the lid and shake to help with rinsing and to conserve water, or use leftover dishwater.

Plastic Bags

If your recyclables are in plastic bags, empty them into the designated recycling bin, and take your bag with you to reuse or dispose with your household garbage. Do not attach plastic bags to the recycling bins, and do not deposit plastic bags in the recycling bins. Bags left at the recycling centers become litter or are mixed in with the recyclables and cause mechanical problems at sorting facilities. Plastic grocery bags should be returned to grocery stores for recycling.

Service Schedule


Recycling dumpsters are emptied every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at all locations except Park View Recycling Center which is emptied on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Subfacilities

  1. Arcola Community Recycling Center

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  2. Hillsboro Recycling Center

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  3. Leesburg Town Recycling Center (Note: This facility will be closed permanently as of September 3, 2019.)

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  4. Loudoun County Landfill Recycling Center

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  5. Lovettsville Area Recycling Program

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  6. Lucketts Area Recycling Program

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  7. Mickie Gordon Memorial Park Recycling Center

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  8. Philomont Community Recycling Center

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  9. Sterling Park Community Recycling Center

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  10. Western Loudoun Recycling Center

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