Curbside Services


 Trash Collection

Household Waste Collection

Virginia Beach Public Works Waste Management is responsible for weekly collection of garbage from Virginia Beach residences.  Garbage pickup occurs on an assigned day designated by your address. You can look up your service day on the Trash and Recycling Lookup tool to see what day of the week your household waste and recycling will be picked up and use the Holiday Schedule to determine which holidays will cause a delay in your garbage pickup.

Curbside trash and recycling services starts when you set up your water service with Public Utilities at 757-385-4631. If your new home does not have trash and recycling carts already there, you may contact Waste Management at 757-385-4650 to purchase them and schedule delivery.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Place cart at curb no later than 7 a.m. on garbage day (or) no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before  
  • Place at curb on a level surface (no more than 18" from the street or arm's length) 
  • Cart should be at least 3 feet from all permanent structures. This includes other collection carts, yard bags or bundles, mailboxes, fences, wall, utility poles and other stationary items on the curb. 
  • Cart's handle must face towards your home
  • The lid must be closed
  • Do not over fill the cart
  • Garbage must be bagged
  • Do not place cart under low hanging tree branches or overhead wires
  • Remove cart from collection point after collection

To report service problems, please call 385-4650 on your collection day or by noon the following business day.

​​Please do not put the following items ​in your black cart:​
  • ​​​Remodeling and building materials, carpet, doors, cabinets, toilets, sinks, rocks, dirt, concrete, vehicle parts, tires, paint cans, glass, propane tanks, hazardous materials.
  • Please do not dispose of dirt or concrete in your black trash can.  If you don't have a place to use these in your yard, they can be taken to the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, where dirt will be used for daily cover and concrete will be crushed into stone for roadbeds.

Garbage Can Fee and Warranty

To request a black (95 gallon) garbage cart, contact Waste Management at (757) 385-4650 or email
  • 95-gallon Garbage Cart $75.00 each and comes with a 10-year limited warranty*
  • Payment must be made by Credit Card or Check, or Money Order made payable to the City Treasurer. No cash payments.
To report a broken cart or lid, contact us at (757) 385-4650.
*Refuse containers come with a 10-year warranty. If during that 10-year timeframe the container is damaged, we will repair it free of charge. The warranty does not cover fire damage or theft.

Landstown​ Transfer Station

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - Noon​
(757) 961-3986

*Please check or call 757-961-3986 for operating schedule and closures.​

 Bulky Item Collection

A bulky item request form is not needed for the collection of yard debris.
Request for Bulky Item Collection must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. the day before your normal service date.

Bulk waste includes items that are typically too large to be disposed of in your regular curbside trash container. To help you get rid of these large items, Public Works Waste Management offers convenient bulky item collection service.

Waste Management DOES NOT provide Bulky Item Collection service for the following items: 
    • Remodeling and/or Building Materials
    • Carpet
    • Wood Pallets/Lumber
    • Cabinets & Doors
    • Sinks & Toilets
    • Glass/Mirrors
    • Boats
    • Hazardous Waste/Paint/Propane Tanks
    • Rocks and/or Dirt
    • Concrete
    • Bags of Household Waste/Trash
    • Vehicle Parts & Tires
    • Cardboard Boxes
    • Some items that are not listed may also not be collected. Please call 385-4650 with questions.

Acceptable Bulk items typically include:

    • Furniture (i.e., couches, dressers, tables)
    • Mattresses/Box Springs
    • Large Appliances
    • Fencing
    • Lawnmowers
    • Outdoor Equipment/Furniture
    • Area Rugs measuring up to 9x12
    • Sheds
    • Outdoor Grills

Items not included in our Curbside Bulky Collection Service can be taken to the City of Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road. Open Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For items with a little life left in them, check local options for donating (reuse) or recycling. There may be someone out there that can't wait to say "Hello" to that same item.   

Proper Placement of Items

For safe and efficient collection of bulky items please adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Place bulk items at curb no later than 7 a.m. on garbage day (or) no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before.
    • Bulky items must be placed together and placed three (3) feet away from fixed objects (fence, mailboxes, utility poles, cars, fire hydrants, carts, etc.) This allows the truck's claw to easily grab all items at once.
    • Do not place items under overhead wires or low hanging limbs. Place items at curb on a hard level surface as equipment can damage grass and softer areas. Do not block roadways or sidewalks.
    • We will not collect building materials, construction debris, nor hazardous waste. Visit for disposal options.
    • It is the responsibility of the resident to clean up any small debris left after collection. Residents can bag this debris and place it in their garbage cart.

Still have questions- Contact our Customer Service Team at 757-385-4650 or email them at

 Curbside Recycling

The City of Virginia Beach operates a commingled, automated curbside recycling program that currently serves 125,000 homeowners with every-other week collection service. To determine your next recycling collection date, please enter your address in the Trash & Recycling Lookup section of this page. 

  • This automated collection recycling program facilitates convenient, safe, and cost-effective recycling. 
  • Residents not able to participate in curbside recycling can utilize one of the two recycling drop-off centers in Virginia Beach, which are located at 2500 West Neck Road & 1989 Jake Sears Road.
  • For more information, call Customer Service at 757-385-4650

Set the automated container in the street or alley, wheels against the curb, with the handle facing your home, no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the day before your collection day or 7:00 a.m. the day of service.

Make sure your container is at least three feet from other containers, parked cars, lamp posts, trees, mailbox posts and any other obstructions so the collection truck can access your container. 

Please review the Acceptable Recyclable Materials list for what can be recycled and what can't be recycled, carefully and do not place any trash in the recycling containers.

  • To report service problems, please call 385-4650 on your collection day or by noon the following business day.

Acceptable Rec​​yclable Mat​erial​

Recycling Guide

  • Paper: office paper, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, phone books, paper bags. No shredded paper.
  • Cardboard & Chipboard: Flattened, Clean & Dry
  • Plastics Bottles  and Plastic Jugs (i.e., milk jugs & All Bottles: water, soda, shampoo, etc.)
  • Food & Beverage Cartons (i.e., juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, etc.)
  • Glass Bottles & Jars.  Empty and Clean
  • ​Aluminum, Steel, and Tin Bottles and Cans.

Bulk Cardboard can be taken to the following Recycling Centers.
  • West Neck Recycling Center | 2500 West Neck Rd | Mon-Sat 7am-4:30pm
  • Landfill & Resource Recovery Center | 1989 Jake Sears Road | Tues-Sat 7am-4:30pm


The following items are not permitted in your recycling cart. Carts that contain anything other than the acceptable items may not receive service.
  • Household Garbage
  • Batteries (Alkaline or Rechargable)
  • Yard Waste
  • Plastic Bags
  • Toys
  • Plastic Pools
  • Mirrors & Sheet Glass
  • Dishes, Glassware, Cookware, Ovenware
  • Construction Materials
  • Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts

 Yard Debris Collection

Yard Waste is collected year-round on your regular garbage collection day. This service does not require a workorder.

 Branches & Yard Debris

Yard Debris

  • Acceptable examples of yard debris: grass clippings, leaves, pine straw, shrub trimmings
  • Bag yard debris in clear bags only
  • Limit 25 bags per home/per collection day
  • Bags cannot exceed 25 lbs. per bag


  • Group loose branches into bundles. Tied bundles are preferred but not required.
  • Limit two (2) bundles per home/per collection day.
  • Limbs up to 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter will be collected.
  • Bundles/Piles cannot exceed 4 x 4 x 4 feet.

 Not accepted in the Yard Waste Service:

  • Any work that was done by a contractor (tree and yard debris)
  • Roots balls, mulch, dirt, rocks will not be collected.
  • Animal feces (bagged or unbagged)
  • No dead animals (or live ones)
  • Loose leaves/grass
Please Note: 
  • It is the responsibility of the resident to clean up any small debris left after collection. Residents can bag this debris and place it in their garbage cart.
  • Any work done by private contractors (tree company, landscaper, lawn company) must be disposed of by the contractor. 

Yard Debris Container Pro​gra​​m

  • For larger amounts of yard debris, roll-off containers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a fee for this service:  $40 for weekdays and $75 for weekends.
  • The containers measure 13 x 7 x 5 feet.
  • The container is only to be used for tree limbs less than 6 inches in diameter, leaves, shrubbery, and grass trimmings from the normal upkeep of the immediate perimeter of your occupied dwelling. 
  • No clear plastic bags in container.
  • The container is not intended for debris resulting from clearing of large tracts of land (greater than one-half to one acre), limbs larger than 6 inches in diameter, root balls, sod, hazardous waste, stumps, firewood, concrete, dirt, bricks, landscape timbers, pallets, compost, mulch, building materials, bulky items or debris from vacant lots or waterways. It is not to be used by contractors or loaded with mechanical equipment.
  • You may schedule the container for a day with AM or PM delivery available. However, trailers delivered on Friday will be picked up on Monday.
  • Someone at least 18 years old must sign for the trailer when delivered, but need not be home when it is picked up.

Please call 385-4650 well in advance if you wish to schedule a container. This service is not available online.​​​

Contact Information

Trash and Recycling Lookup

 Holiday Collection Schedule

​Be sure to check out the Holiday Collection Schedule​ to know when to put your carts to the curb during the holiday season.​