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Recycling Collection

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. Apartment buildings with four or more units, mixed-use residential/commercial buildings and commercial properties must contract for their own trash/recycling collection services.

trash cansResidential Recycling

Information about what to recycle, the DPW recycling facility and related services

Commercial trash containersCommercial Recycling

Recycling is required in all commercial establishments – including residential buildings with four or more apartments, churches and schools/colleges.

recycling containersPublic Space Recycling

DPW operates two public space recycling pilot programs that target busy commercial areas where significant amounts of recyclable materials are being deposited in trash receptacles.

Recycling- School ProgramRecycling - School Program

Schools play an essential role in making recycling work in the District of Columbia.


Recycling Resources for Kids and Teachers

The following resources are for K–12 teachers to learn how to bring environmental lessons and practices into the classroom.


Request the following services by calling 311 or using

CommercialRecycling - Commercial Only

Request recycling program information for your business or report a business without a recycling program. NOTE: All businesses within the District of Columbia are required to have a recycling program.

Recycling - Information RequestRecycling - Information Request

Contact DPW to request to have recycling information mailed to your home.


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Contact DPW to request a visit your school to provide recycling information.


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Request a recycling pickup if yours was missed.


Recycling Container DeliveryRecycling Container Delivery

Request a recycling bin or cart.


Recycling Container RepairRecycling Container Repair

Request that repairs be made to your Recycling Container. Repairs can be made to Recycling Container lids, lift bars and wheels.

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm