Recycling Collection

With state-of-the-art curbside service, recycling in Virginia Beach has never been easier or more convenient.

Curbside recycling is simple. Just put all your household recyclables in your blue container and push it to the curb on your scheduled collection day. Containers are provided to residents who receive city-provided waste collection. The more residents participate, the greater the benefits to taxpayers.

  • The collection is every other week on your regular waste collection day. To determine your next recycling collection date, enter your address in the “Find My Trash Day” section of this page.
  • Place your recycling container at the curb between 5 p.m. the day prior to your day of collection and 7 a.m. the day of collection with at least 3 feet of clearance between it and other carts or vehicles.
  • To report service problems, call (757) 385-4650 on your collection day or by noon the following business day.

Acceptable Recyclable Material

  • Paper: office paper, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, phone books, paper bags
  • Cardboard and chipboard: flattened, unwaxed, clean, and dry
  • Plastics: bottles Nos. 1-7; NO plastic bags
  • Cartons, including food and beverage cartons (juice, milk, soup, broth, etc.)
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, green, and brown; remove and discard lids
  • Metals: aluminum, steel, or tin food and beverage cans; clean aluminum foil
  • Refer to our Recycling Guide for more information.
  • Pour out contents or wipe out cans and bottles.
  • Townhome residents with the 18-gallon recycling bin container service may place any additional recyclables in paper bags next to their container.
  • Please do not put the following items in your blue cart: Household garbage, waxed cardboard, yard waste (grass, leaves, or branches), plastic bags (plastic bags are collected at most grocery stores for recycling.), plastic toys, plastic pools, plastic motor oil containers, ceramic or ovenware dishes, Styrofoam, packing peanuts.

Alternative Recycling Options

There are many opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle in Virginia Beach. Before discarding your items in your black can or taking them to the landfill, check here for up-to-date lists of alternative recycling resources and drop-off locations. Help us keep Virginia Beach beautiful, one item at a time.​​

  • HHW and metals recycling - The city’s Landfill and Resource Recovery Center offers residents a free
    and convenient way to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste (HHW) and scrap metals.
  • E-cycling - No matter the condition (working or not) your outdated electronics can
    be donated or returned to the manufacturer for e-cycling.
  • Plastic film recycling  - Help keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills by donating unwanted plastic materials like grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, and much more.
  • Donation centers - By donating your unwanted clothing and household items to charity, you give
    your old stuff a second life. Find a donation center near you. 
  • ​​Batteries - See how to safely dispose of your household batteries
Page Last Updated: March 16, 2022
Contact Information
Waste Management Customer Service
Beyond the Curb