Below we’ve compiled your guide on what to recycle, where to donate, how to handle yard waste and more to make spring cleaning on the Pike a breeze!


Curbside Collection
Use the guide to know what goes in your bin.

Metal, Appliances and Electronics
How to prepare items and where to take them.

Inert Materials & Paper Shredding
Where to take asphalt, rock, and sand. Plus free paper shredding the first Saturday of each month.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste Carts
Get your own green bin for curbside pick up.

Accepted Materials
What’s accepted in the green bins or paper bags.

Food Scraps
Contribute to the County’s compost.

Brush Pick Up
Schedule a pick up for large yard waste.


Household Hazardous Materials
What’s accepted and where to take it.

Collection Day
Figure out your trash pick up day.

Where does it go?
Look up specific items for disposal instructions.

Learn everything there is to know about trash and recycling in Arlington County with the Department of Environmental Services’ Arlington Residential Services Guide.


Don’t throw away perfectly good household items! There are several local nonprofit organizations ready and willing to take these items off your hands.


Our Lady Queen of Peace
Clothing for men, women, and school-aged children.

The Clothesline for Arlington Kids
Gently-used clothing for school-aged children.

New items accepted at the Homeless Services Center, used clothing at A-SPAN Donation Bins.


Phoenix Bikes
Accepts bike parts, accessories, and bikes of all sizes, types, and conditions.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Partners with Vehicles for Charity to accept cars and trucks in all conditions.

Plus, view the AWLA’s Wish List for needed pet items.

Everything Else

Friends of the Arlington Public Library
Books, CD’s, DVD’s, sheet music, vinyl albums, journals, board games, maps, and puzzles.

Columbia Pike Thrift Shop
Clothing, books, toys, china, silverware, jewelry, pictures, small furniture items, kitchen-ware, and more.