Recycling Drop-Off Centers
Bottles, Cans, Etc.
- #1 - #7 Plastic containers including bottles and caps, jugs (milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, etc.), wide-mouth tubs and lids (yogurt cups and margarine tubs), microwavable food trays, and buckets (No Styrofoam, motor oil or antifreeze bottles, or any container used for hazardous substances)
- Aluminum cans, aluminum foil, pie pans, pet food cans and lids
- Steel cans / tin cans such as soup and vegetable cans, empty aerosol cans, all types of metal lids
- Glass bottles and jars only
- Milk cartons, orange juice cartons, and soup boxes (emptied and rinsed)
Paper, Cardboard, Etc.
- Flattened cardboard and paperboard (cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
- Pizza box tops (no greasy paper or leftovers please)
- Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail
- Phonebooks, paperback books, hardcover books (text books, etc.)
- Office paper (paper clips and staples are ok), copy paper, computer printouts, envelopes, stationery, notebooks, brochures, post-it notes, file folders, shredded paper (contained in a bag)
- Paper bags
- Wrapping paper, craft paper, poster board
All Loudoun County locations accept recyclables co-mingled, ie. cardboard boxes, papers, plastic containers, metal cans and glass containers are mixed together in the same recycling bin. The Leesburg Wal Mart recycling center, which is operated by the Town of Leesburg, accepts paper recyclables mixed together with the plastic, metal and glass recyclables, but cardboard is accepted separately.
Absolutely no Styrofoam packaging or Styrofoam peanuts should be deposited at any of the recycling centers. Remove all Styrofoam, plastic wrap, and other plastic packaging from cardboard boxes prior to recycling and discard with your regular household garbage.
If your recyclables are in plastic bags, please empty them into the designated recycling bin, and take your bag with you to reuse or dispose with your household garbage. Please 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 / retail bags should be returned to grocery stores and other retail stores where plastic shopping bags are accepted for recycling. 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.
Pour out any remaining liquids or foods from bottles, cans and jars. Some food residue is okay, such as peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc. It is not necessary to rinse out or wash your bottles, cans, and jars. They will be cleaned during the recycling process. If you choose to rinse out your recyclables, don’t waste water and energy in the process. Use a minimal amount of water, only use cold water or use left-over dishwater.
Questions? Call 703-771-5318, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about each recycling center, click on the link below: