The recycling program is tasked with providing recycling collection to eligible single-family homes; encouraging recycling at home, school, and work; as well as providing education about recycling and setting up recycling collection programs.
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Recycling is an everyday way to fight climate change. Recycling saves natural resources, energy and money.
What Goes Where
- Recycling Implementation Plans (RIP Form)
Notifications for the annual Recycling Implementation Plan (RIP form) process will be mailed out on December 1st. This year, the City will use its new APEX permitting system to review all RIP forms submitted through the City's online CSS web portal. Instructions for how to submit your RIP forms will be available on our Recycling at Work page.
- Recycle Glass at the Purple Glass Recycling Bins
Effective January 15, 2020, customers who receive City recycling service must bring glass containers to one of the region’s “purple bin” drop-off locations to ensure the glass will be recycled. Glass placed in the bins is processed at a Fairfax County facility, where it is crushed into gravel and sand or recycled into new glass products.
- Recycle Right Alexandria Sorting Game
The Resource Recovery Division received the Virginia Recycling Association's "Show Me the Way Award" for the Recycle Right sorting game. The award recognizes organizations that have taken actions to have a positive impact on people's understanding of how to recycle. The City's new sorting game teaches children age 7 and up to properly sort recyclables, yard waste, and trash. Visit alexandriava.recycle.game to play!
- No Plastic Bags in the Recycling Bin
Alexandria's recycling processor does not accept plastic bags, wraps or film of any type in our residential recycling collections. Plastic bags get caught in the sorting machinery creating maintenance shut downs and safety problems for workers. Therefore, please return plastic bags to local grocery stores for recycling. To find the nearest plastic bag drop-off location, click here.
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