The Waste Management Division is responsible for providing collection, disposal, and recycling services to the residents of Virginia Beach. Keeping Virginia Beach clean is a monumental task. Waste Collection crews travel over one million miles, making more than 6 million pickups, and collecting 200,000 tons of waste each year. In addition, about 35,000 tons of recyclable material is collected from drop-off recycling centers and our curbside recycling service.
Posted May 22, 2013
FAQ's about the July 1 waste collection fee increase.
Posted March 26, 2013
VBCCC and Waste Management Educate Residents at Earth Day 2013
Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission (VBCCC) volunteers and Public Works Waste Management staff worked Sunday, April 21, at Virginia Beach’s Earth Day celebration. At the event, they spread the word about proper recycling methods and discussed the services offered at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center.
More than 6,000 Virginia Beach residents attended the Earth Day event at Mt. Trashmore, with over 1,000 stopping by the Virginia Beach Waste Management booth. Filled with recycling questions and concerns, residents were eager to share their own
personal recycling triumphs. They learned of the Landfill’s variety of services and were excited by the news. In addition, adults and children alike enjoyed posing for photos with “RC” the Recycling Mascot – a reminder to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.
The event’s popular AAA Recycling Zone, staffed by VBCCC commissioners and volunteers, offered residents the chance to dispose of their household hazardous waste, and drop off their old electronics and metal items for recycling. The Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center offers these services and also accepts batteries for recycling and woody yard debris for recycling into mulch. Oyster and clam shells are also accepted and then collected by Lynnhaven River Now for habitat restoration of the Lynnhaven River.
These City services are provided to Virginia Beach residents and are free of charge. Located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, the facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For questions, call 757-385-1980.
Volunteers Team with the City of Virginia Beach to Clean Up Community
Tidewater Search and Rescue (TSAR) volunteers and Group Leaders for the Great American Cleanup (From Left to Right:) Kevin Brewer, Theresa Crossland and Bob Zogg (in the background)
The City of Virginia Beach, with the help of over 125 local volunteers, collected waste and debris from the 17th Street Corridor near the oceanfront on Saturday, March 23, as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC). GAC is the country’s largest annual cleanup, beautification and community improvement program, drawing millions of volunteers in over 15,000 communities each year. This year, Virginia Beach volunteers worked at the wooded lot between 17th Street and 19th Street, beside North Birdneck Road. They removed more than 350 bags of trash plus bulky items, totaling nearly 5 tons of waste and debris.
The enthusiastic response did not stop there as many of our residents took the city’s Community Challenge and organized cleanups of their own in their neighborhoods. For example, members of Knights of Columbus Kempsville Council 10515 completed cleanup of Kempsville Road from Indian River Road to Centerville Turnpike, and Candice Nesbitt, organized a cleanup for Sangaree Circle.
This 2nd annual event was a multi-departmental initiative coordinated by the Departments of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Police, Human Services, and the Office of Volunteer Resources. The city worked with Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, askHRgreen.org, Keep Virginia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful to continue building an even cleaner, more sustainable city.
How the Solid Waste Collection Fee is Calculated
As of January 1, if you receive City waste collection services, your account is now charged a fee of $10 per month per dwelling unit to help cover the rising costs of collecting, handling, and disposing of solid waste. The fee is billed at a rate of 33 cents per day, which is multiplied by the number of days in your billing period. For more information on the solid waste collection fee, please see "Related Documents" on this page.
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Recycle Your Household Batteries!
You can drop them off at a library or the Municipal Center Recycling Drop-off Site: