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.
Information about what to recycle, the DPW recycling facility and related services
Recycling is required in all commercial establishments – including residential buildings with four or more apartments, churches and schools/colleges.
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.
Schools play an essential role in making recycling work in the District of Columbia.
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 311.dc.gov.
Recycling - 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 Request
Recycling - School Program
Recycling Collection - Missed
Recycling Container Delivery
Recycling Container Repair
Request that repairs be made to your Recycling Container. Repairs can be made to Recycling Container lids, lift bars and wheels.