Trash and Recycling
The Association retains the services of a trash collection and recycling company on behalf of the entire cluster. Our current provider is American Disposal Incorporated.
The trash and recyclables collections schedule is:
- Tuesday Trash Only
- Friday Trash, Recycle, and Yard Waste Collection
All disposables must be placed at the curb and/or in plain view from the street by 6 am on collection day. Reston Association covenants require that residents' disposables be hidden from view until the evening preceding collection day. Emptied containers must be again hidden from view by the end of the collection day.
All disposables (and especially food waste) must be securely tied and placed in secure containers appropriate to discourage scavenging from wildlife.
Trash and recycling MUST be processed and disposed of separately. Clean cardboard especially must not be disposed of with trash. If you have questions on what constitutes trash or recycling, please refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-and-trash
If a pickup is inadvertently missed or if you have comments about vendor performance, please contact the cluster board. The board needs to be aware of and aggregate these concerns.
Additional fact sheets and guides can be found at https://americandisposal.com/resource-library/
Trash set out for collection will include general household trash, glass materials of any kind, small furniture, and household equipment. You may not dispose of potentially hazardous materials with trash or recycling. These materials may include but are not limited to paints, fluorescent light bulbs, automotive fluids, solvents, batteries, poisons, acids, caustics, explosives, and other dangerous materials. If you are unsure if a material is considered hazardous, please refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/household-hazardous-waste. Also. you may not dispose of construction materials such as concrete and bricks, medical waste, dead animals, manure, tree stumps, mulch, sod, dirt, stone, or rocks. If you have any questions about how to dispose of a certain material, please contact American Disposal at 703-368-0500.
Disposal of many items, including hazardous materials, is not managed by the cluster and must be managed by the homeowner. Fairfax County maintains two disposal centers to dispose of many materials which will not be picked up with trash. The closest location is the I-66 Transfer Station - location, hours and a complete list of disposable items and instructions may be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/i-66-transfer-station
- Yard Waste
Yard waste will be picked up on the same day as trash and should be placed in separate containers (clearly marked “YARD WASTE”) or biodegradable bags. Brush shall be cut in four-foot lengths, with limbs no larger than 3” inches in diameter. Brush shall be tied in bundles no larger than two feet in diameter.
Recyclable materials MUST be separated from trash and disposed of in a recycling bin/can, in a paper bag, or in the case of newspapers and magazines, tied securely with twine. Shredded documents and any other small paper items should be bagged. Recyclable materials include "clean" cardboard (e.g. no greasy pizza boxes), plastic items (labeled 1-7), metal food and beverage cans, and paper materials. Glass jars and bottles are not recyclable and must be disposed of with the trash or recycled separately by delivering them yourself to a county glass recycling site (the closest location is the Reston South Park and Ride located at 2531 Reston Pkwy, Herndon, VA 20191). Similarly, plastic grocery bags are not recyclable but may be recycled by returning them to many area grocery stores. For a complete list of recyclable materials, please refer to this link: If you have questions on what constitutes trash or recycling, refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-and-trash
- Oversized Item Collection
To dispose of oversized items, special arrangements must be made in advance and directly with American Disposal by calling them directly at 703-368-0500 M-F 8 am- 4:30 pm. Oversized items for disposal include large furniture, mattresses, and similarly large household items. In these cases, the item will be picked up at no extra charge if arrangements were made in advance with American Disposal. "White goods" include large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, and other large, bulky metal goods and will generally incur a fee. Homeowners must manage the disposal with American Disposal or a disposal vendor of choice.
- Christmas Tree Collection
Christmas trees will be disposed of on two days each year, early in January. These dates will be announced to the community in December each year with reminders provided before disposal days. In each case, trees should not be placed in bags and all tinsel and ornaments must be removed.
- Holidays and Inclement Weather Policy
American Disposal does not operate when a collection day falls on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Years Day. If a collection day falls on a holiday, there will be no makeup days and homeowners must hold onto trash and recyclables until the next regularly scheduled pickup day. Bates Trucking reserves the right to cancel collection services on days or in areas in which they deem the roads to be unsafe because of inclement weather. In these cases, there will be no makeup days and homeowners must hold onto trash and recyclables until the next regularly scheduled pickup day.