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DPW Trash and Recycling Collections to Begin at 6am Throughout Summer

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Earlier collection time in effect through September 3

Monday, July 1, 2019

(Washington, DC)Summer has arrived in the District and so has the hot weather. With this in mind, trash and recycling crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be starting their daily collection routes one hour earlier at 6 am, beginning Tuesday, July 3. The earlier collection time will remain in effect through Monday, September 3.

To make sure trash and recycling are out for pick-up at the earlier time, DPW’s customers can put their items out starting at 6:30 pm the day before their collections are to be made. Trash and recycling containers should be removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day or a sanitation citation may be issued.

As a reminder, DPW will observe Independence Day, Thursday, July 4; therefore, sanitation services and most parking enforcement will be suspended and will resume on Friday, July 5.

  • Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. For example, households that normally receive trash/recycling collections on Thursday will be serviced Friday.
  • The Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.
  • DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions or tow abandoned vehicles Thursday, July 4, except along the streetcar line.
  • The Blue Plains Impoundment Lot will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. The hours of enforcement are concurrent with the streetcar schedule. Normal enforcement citywide resumes Friday, July 5.


DPW provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.