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Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling routes are running on schedule.

Please read our new Inclement Weather Policy to be prepared for future weather events.

The curbside recycling program is a regional program and includes James City County, the Cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg, and York County. The contractor for this service beginning June 30, 2014 is County Waste (County Recycling)

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What can I recycle?  See the list below, view our new Curbside Recycling Brochure, or watch an informative video highlighting the recent changes.  You can also watch this recent video which provides general info on the program:


When is my pick up day?  Curbside recycling is picked up every 2 weeks; weeks are designated either RED or BLUE.  If you don't know your service day or week please call us at 757-259-9850. If you know your week and day, here is a Collection Week Calendar, which shows the red and blue weeks.

What if my cart is too small/large?  Recycling carts are available in 3 sizes- 35 gallon, 65 gallon, and 95 gallon. You can tell which size you have by looking at the serial number on the front of the cart.  It will start with 35R, 65R, or 95R, which tells you which size you have.  You may request a change if your current cart is not working well for you; call for dimensions or more information. York County residents please call 890-3780.

What if I have extra material?  If this is usual or even fairly often for you, please call us to request a larger cart!  Otherwise, you can place extra materials in a paper bag, cardboard box or other container next to your cart.  If you have cardboard, try to put it on top of the cart but under the lid (like a clipboard). Always make sure your boxes are broken down flat and small enough to fit in your cart.

I  just moved in and have tons of cardboard!  Bulk cardboard collections are available and run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please call a day or two ahead to schedule a pick up, or if you'd like more information.


Cardboard and Mixed Paper:  Flattened boxes no larger than 3' x 4', magazines, junk mail, catalogs, telephone books, office paper, cards, stationary, paper grocery bags, school papers, computer paper, shredded paper in paper bags, single layer cardboard such as cereal and tissue boxes, newspapers and advertising inserts.

Plastics:  Bottles, Jugs and Food Containers: Water and drink bottles, shampoo,. soap, and detergent bottles; wide mouth containers such as butter tubs, yogurt cups, mayonnaise jars; clamshell containers such as salad bar containers, bakery product containers, strawberry containers; microwave food trays, party cups, plastic sandwich meat containers.  Please remove lids and rinse out food residue.

Rigid Plastics:  Plastic food storage containers, plastic trays and dishes, stadium cups, laundry baskets, dish drainers, home storage bins, flower pots, buckets, pails, garbage cans, plastic toys and plastic lawn furniture (no item larger than 3' x 4')

Metal Cans:  Steel and aluminum food and beverage cans. We cannot accept plastic lined cans (which usually are white inside). Please rinse out food residue.

Glass Bottles and Jars:  All types and color of glass bottles and jars.  Remove lids and rinse out food residue.

Please place all materials together in the cart- they do not have to be separated- and please do not place any items in plastic bags. As usual, please have your cart out by 7AM on your collection day.

For additional information see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

   Holiday Schedule for 2015

There will be only 3 holidays which will effect collection (see schedule below). Instead of having a separate makeup day, holiday collection will be moved one day forward. For the rest of the week, collection will move one day forward until pick up for the week has been completed.

Please remember to have your materials out by 7AM!

 Questions?  Please call us at 757-259-9850.

Holiday Week Pickup Schedule
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Nov 26
RED Thursday's recycling will be picked up Friday,
Friday's recycling will be picked up on Saturday
Christmas Day
Friday, Dec 25
RED Friday's recycling will be picked up on Saturday
New Year's Day
Friday, Jan 1
BLUE Friday's recycling will be picked up on Saturday

If you have questions, or need to report a problem with service: contact us at 757-259-9850, use the Contact Us link below, or contact your local recycling office:

James City County 757-259-9850
Poquoson 757-868-3598
Williamsburg 757-220-6140

York County




In cases of inclement weather such as snowstorms and hurricanes, safety is always our main concern.  If service on your regular day has been cancelled due to bad weather:

  1. Your collection will be moved to the next day, and each of the remaining days in the week will be moved one day forward as well (Wednesday to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Saturday, for example).  Our contractor will make every effort to service all homes, provided that safe access is available. Please monitor our website, our facebook page, or call our office at 757-259-9850 for updates.

  2. If more than one day is cancelled, and you are not serviced on your regular service day OR the day after, there will not be a makeup day, so you will not receive service until your next regularly scheduled day.  You may put out extra materials at the next collection; please use boxes, paper bags or other containers to put your materials next to, or on top of, your cart for pick up.  Remember, materials left next to the cart must be able to fit inside the cart so that it can be lifted up and emptied. Do not use plastic bags.

  3. If you prefer, you may also bring materials to your local convenience center for recycling.  However, please remember that there will be 3 separate containers- one for mixed paper, one for corrugated cardboard and one for your glass, plastic, and cans. You can transport materials in plastic bags, but do not put the plastic bag itself in the recycling can. Here is a link for information on location and hours of operation:



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