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DPW works hard to ensure that that public alleys stay clean, crews rotate around the city from spring to fall.

Car in lot available for auction

DC Government manages the sale of its surplus assets through online auction sales on www.dcgovt.govdeals.com.

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District law states that a vehicle is boot-eligible if it has two or more unsatisfied parking and/or photo enforcement tickets that are 60 days old. DPW boot crews search for scofflaws’ vehicles using License Plate Recognition System (LPRS) technology.

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Trash collectors picking up bulk items

DPW collects large, bulky items by appointment from residential households that receive DPW trash collection service. These households include single-family homes and residential buildings with three or fewer living units.

The District of Columbia requires recycling in all commercial establishments.

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DPW collects dead animals from public space only. To request collection, call 311.

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2014 HolidaySlide Guide

Most households follow a once-a-week trash collection schedule. Use our Trash and Recycling Collection Day App to find your collection day(s).

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Collection of hazardous household waste

The Department of Public Works makes it easy for residents to dispose properly of solid waste, household hazardous waste, unwanted electronic equipment and provides personal document shredding at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station.

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Graffiti is a major problem in DC and can give the impression that the District is not committed to providing clean and safe environments for residents and visitors.

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DPW helps community groups that organize Saturday neighborhood clean-up projects through the Helping Hand Program. The program will lend tool kits that include five rakes and brooms, two shovels, and 20 trash bags.

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Trash and recycle cans at curb

Holidays may affect the date your trash and/or recycling is collected.

Household hazardous waste and unwanted electronic equipment

Disposing of household hazardous waste and unwanted electronic equipment is easy at the Fort Totten Transfer Station every Saturday between 8 am and 3 pm, except holidays, at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F.

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Trash collectors vacuuming leaves

Fall leaf collection runs from the first week of November through the second week of January.

city worker spraying to remove graffiti

Litter and graffiti are public nuisances and cost the District and its residents more than just money. Litter diminishes the beauty of the nation’s capital and piles of litter attract rats and other pests.

Litter Can on U Street

Litter cans are emptied at night, following a daily to three times per week schedule, based on how much trash they receive. Collections are noisy, which is why litter cans are not placed in residential neighborhoods.

 Streets, public places and traffic
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For questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works Customer Service Center at (202) 541-6083.

Schools play an essential role in making recycling work in the District of Columbia.  Having a school recycling program provides a great learning experience for everyone who is involved.  Schools and recycling make a great partnership.  By recycling, schools can make a significant

Trash and recycling cans on a residential street

The Department of Public Works collects recycling once-a-week from single-family homes and apartment buildings with three or fewer living units. DPW does not collect from mixed-use residential/commercial buildings or residential buildings with four or more units.

recycling containers on curbside

What do you do when your trash and/or recycling container is missing or requires repair? Find out how to request a new container or fix the old one.