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Holiday Trash Collection Schedule Announced for Independence Day

Monday, June 12, 2006

(Washington, DC)  In observance of Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, the Department of Public Works (DPW) offices will be closed and all services will be suspended for the day. All sanitation services, parking rules, and enforcement resume Wednesday, July 5.
If you have DPW collection service, setting out trash and recyclables after a public holiday is easy. Just remember to “slide.” Now, all city trash and recyclables collection slides one day following the holiday. Let’s say your normal collection day is Tuesday. Since Independence Day falls on a Tuesday this year, your trash will be collected on Wednesday; Wednesday’s trash day will then slide to Thursday; Thursday’s trash will be picked up on Friday, and Friday collections will be made on Saturday.

In the past, the post-holiday trash collection schedule was staggered, with one schedule for residents in once-a-week collection (Supercan) areas, and another schedule for households (with mini-Supercans) in twice-a-week collection neighborhoods. Now the routes have been synchronized, allowing uniform trash and recycling collection citywide.

The District government observes 11 legal holidays. On these holidays, District government offices are closed and most services are suspended for the day. Unless informed of a schedule change, residents can expect that there is no city trash and recyclables collection; no street and alley cleaning; no sanitation enforcement; no nuisance abatement, towing, or abandoned vehicle removal; and no DPW parking enforcement, including meters, residential, and rush hour lane restrictions on these days.