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Refuse Collection
Collection of Refuse and Yard Waste is provided once a week by the town and is determined by your location north or south of the W&OD bike trail. Recycling is collected on Wednesdays. You may find the "Refuse Collection Zone Map" (located in the right side bar) helpful in determining your collection day. If you are uncertain of your scheduled collection day, please contact the Department of Public Works for assistance.

Unacceptable Materials:  Unacceptable materials include ashes, asbestos, acids, chemicals, poisons, paints, other dangerous and hazardous materials, as well as scrap metal, auto parts, furnaces, plumbing fixtures, building materials, industrial materials, building wastes, earth, explosives, gasoline, kerosene, floor sandings, or other combustible material or solid waste either to large or too heavy to be loaded safely in collection vehicles. Infectious materials such as surgical dressings, needles, syringes, human tissue, and dead animals should not be put out for collection.

Yard Debris & Leaf Collection Schedule and Guidelines
Please click here for information on Yard Debris and Leaf Collection

Recycling is collected every Wednesday.  Containers must be placed at the curb by 7am.

Electronic Recycling -  Please visit the Fairfax County's website for more information on drop off locations:

Single Stream recycling
In an effort to encourage participation in the Town's mandatory recycling program and to assist our residents, the Department of Public Works is now providing "Single Stream" recycling at curbside pick-up. ALL recyclable items may be co-mingled in one or more containers. Containers should be clean and clearly labeled "Recycle". Toters may be used with a maximum size of 65 gallons and a maximum weight of 50 lbs.

Commingled Recyclables
, consisting of recyclable glass, aluminum, cans, plastics and paper generally collected from residential recycling as follows:

Materials Accepted :  Please click here for a list of acceptable materials .

Collection Procedures:  Containers must be placed at curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day (recyclables on Wednesday), but no sooner than 24 hours prior to scheduled pickup. Containers should be removed from the curbside within 24 hours after collection. 


Residents need to provide a sufficient number of approved sturdy plastic or metal containers with lids. Approved refuse containers must be a minimum of 20 gallons, a maximum of 50 gallons with a maximum loaded weight of 50 pounds for solid waste.
Citizen must purchase their own recycling containers.  Containers must be clearly marked "recycle" and may not exceed 65 gallons with a maximum loaded weight of 50 lbs.

Yard Waste
Reusable containers may be used for curbside collection of branches, twigs, grass clippings and leaves.  Residents should label their containers yard waste. Please note if yard waste debris does not fit in the container bundling and bagging guidelines must be followed.  

Recycling Drop Off locations

Herndon Residents are advised to take full advantage of the existing Wednesday pick up of curbside recycling as the town does not maintain a recycling drop off.

The closest Recycling Centers are located at:
2531 Reston Parkway, Reston, VA 
400 W. Laurel Avenue, Sterling, VA

Motor oil and other hazardous waste can be taken to Fairfax County's West Ox Road Transfer Station (please click link for directions and hours).

Local Document Shredding Event
Fairfax County sponsors shredding events throughout the year free of charge to residents. Please click here to read more detail and view this year's  schedule and locations .

If you have any questions regarding refuse and recycling please call (703) 435-6853, or email


Related Links

Refuse Collection Zone Map
Special Collection Application
Guide to Refuse and Recycling
Fall Clean-up
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777 Lynn Street
Herndon, VA  20170
(703) 435-6853

1479 Sterling Road
Herndon, VA  20170
(703) 435-6860

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