Curbside Services


 Trash Collection

Garbage and Household Waste Collection

Trash and household waste are collected in 95-gallon containers. The containers may be purchased from the Waste Management divison by calling 385-4650 to schedule delivery.

Please help us to provide efficient service for you by following these guidelines:

  • Have con​tainers and/or items for pickup at the street between 5:00 p.m. the day prior to your day of collection and 7:00 a.m. the day of collection.
  • Keep at least 3 feet of clearance between your container and any other item (yard waste bags, limbs, bulky items, mailboxes, cable boxes, or vehicles) including the blue recycle container.
  • Cans that are overflowing will not be collected. The lid should be able to close securely
  • Remove containers from public view at the end of collection day.
  • Clearly label your container with your address and record your container serial number.
  • Loose trash in can should be bagged, to reduce litter.
  • No other garbage will be collected outside of the black can except for yard waste.
  • 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. They weigh the can down, which increase collection and disposal costs. 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, thus reducing operating costs.​

Garbage Can Fee and Warranty

  • ​Black refuse containers (95 gallons) may be purchased from the Waste Management divisio​n for $75.00 each.  
  • You may call us at 385-4650 to schedule free delivery or to discuss questions regarding older cans.  
  • Blue recycling carts are also available for free.  
  • Payment must be made by credit card or check or money order made payable to the City Treasurer.  We are unable to accept cash payments.
  • Refuse containers come with a 10 year warranty.  If during that 10 year time frame 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

 Bulky Item Collection

Virginia Beach residents may request curbside collection of bulky items.

  • A bulky item request form is not needed for the collection of yard debris
  • Please note that donation, reuse or repurposing is encouraged before using disposal through this service. 
  • The City of Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 and open 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday,  is available to Virginia Beach residents to drop-off bulky items.
  • We encourage residents to use this service when multiple items have been gathered rather than calling for multiple pickups of single-items.
  • Bulky item request may take 48-72 hours for a response.
  • Please DO NOT place items at the curb until a confirmation providing the collection date has been received. 
  • Bulky items should be set out no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the day before your confirmed collection day or 7:00 am the day of service
  • Bulky items must be placed just behind the curb line in front of your home. 
  • Do not place in the street, on the sidewalk, or in any manner that will interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic or with solid waste collection service
  • Do not place within 3 feet of rollcarts, mailbox, fence or wall, water meter, telephone connection box, parked cars, fire hydrant, utility pole, or traffic signs.
  • Do not place under power lines or low hanging tree limbs, in an alley, or in front of a vacant lot or business
  • Please mention if you have a Freon-containing appliance such as a refrigerator as they require special handling. 

The following items will NOT be collected

  • Remodeling or Building Materials
  • Concrete
  • Carpet
  • Wood Pallets
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Glass
  • Boats
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint
  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Bags
  • Tires
  • Vehicle Parts
  • Computer Towers

Some items that are not listed may also not be collected. Please call 385-4650 with questions. 

 Curbside Recycling

​​Recycling in Virginia Beach has never been easier and more convenient. Our state-of-the-art curbside recycling service is designed to be simple. Just put all your household recyclables in your blue container and push it to the curb on your scheduled collection day. Blue recycling containers are provided to residents who receive City provided waste collection. The more residents participate, the greater the benefits to taxpayers.

  • Collection is every other week on your regular waste collection day.  To determine your next recycling collection date, please enter your address in the Recycling & Garbage Collection Lookup section of this page.  
  • Please place your recycling container at the curb between 5:00 p.m. the day prior to your day of collection and 7:00 a.m. the day of collection with at least three feet of clearance between it and other carts or vehicles.
  • 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
  • Cardboard & Chipboard: flattened, un-waxed, clean & dry​
  • Plastics Bottles # 1 -7, NO plastic bags.
  • Cartons, incl​uding food and beverage cartons (juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, etc.)
  • Glass Bottles & Jars: clear, green & brown; remove & discard lids.
  • ​Metals: aluminum, steel, or tin food & beverage cans; clean aluminum foil


Pour out contents or wipe out cans and bottles. Place recyclables loosely directly​ in your container.

Townhome residents with the 18-gallon recycling bin container service may place any additional recyclables in paper bags next to their container.

Please do not put the following items in your blue cart:

    • ​​Household garbage, waxed cardboard, yard waste (grass, leaves or branches), plastic bags - (plastic bags are collected at most grocery stores for recycling.), plastic toys, plastic pools, plastic motor o​il containers, ceramic or ovenware dishes, Styrofoam, packing peanuts​

Working together, we are making this recycling program successful!

The City of Virginia Beach appreciates your recycling efforts. You are also a partner with the City of Virginia Beach and TFC Recycling Corporation and without you, none of this would be possible. ​​


 Yard Debris Collection

You do not need to put in a work order for yard debris collection. This collection is automatic.

This service is provided on your normal collection day, and​ does not require a work order.  Residents may place yard debris at curbside for collection by the City as follows:  

  • Limbs up to 4 fe​et long and 6 inches in diameter will be collected in a pile not to exceed 4 x 4 x 4 feet.
  • Two piles, generated from each house, will be collected on each collection day.
  • You may also dispose of smaller yard debris, such as grass and leaves (no dirt, rocks, mulch or root balls) in up to 25 clear plastic bags, not more than 25 lbs. per bag.​
  • Tree removal debris is not collected at the curbside. However, it can be collected through the yard debris container program, provided each piece is no larger than 6 inches in diameter.

Please note that any work done by private contractors must be disposed of by the contractor.

Residents are urged to place yard debris, as well as waste and recycle containers, outside of the drainage flow line (a few inches away from the curb) to keep the drainage flow line clear and avoid neighborhood flooding. 

Learn about mulch mowing leaves and​ grass clippings instead of bagging and dragging them to the curb!

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 note that the Landfill does not accept tree removal debris over 6 inches in diameter.

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.​