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DPW to Observe Christmas, New Year’s Day Thursday, December 25, Thursday, January 1.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Solid waste, parking enforcement services will be affected on the holidays. Trash and recycling collections will be made Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27.

Contact: Linda Grant, (202) 671-2375 

(Washington, DC)  The Department of Public Works announced today that services will be suspended in observance of Christmas (December 25, 2014) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2015).  

Trash and Recycling Collections:  For the weeks of December 22 and December 29, 2014, DPW will follow its normal schedule for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods.  Thursday’s collections will “slide” to Friday and Friday’s collections will slide to Saturday. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s and Tuesday’s collections will follow the normal schedule, while Thursday’s collections will slide to Friday and Friday’s will slide to Saturday.  Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day. 

Parking Enforcement: DPW will enforce parking regulations Monday through Wednesday, December 22-24 and Monday through Wednesday, December 29-31. DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions Thursday and Friday, December 25-26, and Thursday, January 1. Normal enforcement will resume at 6 am Saturday, December 27 and 6 am Friday, January 2.  DPW will not tow abandoned vehicles on the holidays. 

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Christmas and New Year’s Day, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. On Sundays and holidays enforcement is between 8 am and 10 pm. Enforcement on Mondays-Thursdays is 6 am to 11 am; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 1 am. 

Ft. Totten Transfer Station:  Ft. Totten, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26, and Thursday, January 1.  Ft. Totten will reopen Monday, December 29, and Friday, January 2 for household and bulk trash drop-off services 1 pm to 5 pm. The next Saturday household hazardous waste/e-cycling/document shredding drop-off day is Saturday, January 3, 8 am to 3 pm, (document shredding only is available the first Saturday of the month, except holidays). The next weekday HHW/e-cycling will be Thursday, January 29, 1 pm to 5 pm.

DPW does not accept personal documents for shredding on Thursdays as there is no way to secure these items until the contractor is in place on the first Saturday.

Directions to Ft. Totten:  Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street.  Directions from additional locations can be found at

Leaf Collections:  Between December 15 and 27, leaf collections will be made from most “Area B” neighborhoods, except December 25.  In Ward 5, Area B is scheduled for collections to be made between December 22 and January 3.

Live Holiday Tree Collections:  Place live holiday trees, wreaths and other greenery next to the trash container at the resident’s regular collection point.  Trees collected between December 28-January 10 will be recycled.  After January 10, trees will be collected with the trash as space allows in the trash trucks. Unwanted artificial trees and greenery should be put in the trash.

Residents can use DPW’s Website – – to view the 2014-2015 leaf collection schedule by selecting Leaf Collection and clicking on “Check Leaf Collection Status in Your Neighborhood” ( ,enter your address then click on “Search.” This leaf collection season, DPW is posting photographs showing the status of collections on some streets. Follow the instructions to see the photographs.