Public Works Releases Proper Disposal Tips for Spring Cleaning That Save Money and Help the Environment

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

​Public Works Waste Management released helpful tips to the Council of Civic Organizations about the importance of proper waste disposal. The City of Virginia Beach is helping residents reduce costs, beautify property, and enhance environmental quality. These are the city’s recommendations.

When cleaning out closets, the attic or garage or sprucing up the yard, residents are encouraged to:

  • Donate toys, furniture, clothes, or anything else that still has useful life. It’s good for the community, good for the environment, and saves landfill space.
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, drink and food cans, and glass bottles in the blue curbside recycle carts and recycling drop off locations.
  • Recycle other items such as metals, plastic bags, electronics, batteries, pallets, oyster shells, dirt, concrete, and woody yard debris by taking them to the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center.
  • Properly dispose of old paint, automotive fluids, fertilizers, cleaners, and other Household Hazardous Waste by taking them to the Landfill and Resource Recovery Center.
  • Even better, choose wisely when shopping to avoid waste altogether.

Please avoid:

  • Placing yard debris in a black automated cart. Materials in the black cart cost $125 per ton for disposal, and they are not recycled. Leaves, grass, and woody yard debris collected curbside are recycled into mulch and only cost $25 per ton to process.
  • Placing dirt, bricks or concrete in the black automated cart. Instead of $125 per ton for disposal, freshen up last year’s potted plants by mixing in some compost or add the potting soil in your flower beds. Take dirt and concrete to the Landfill and Resource Recovery Center.
  • Placing recyclables in the black automated trash cart. Curbside recycling service costs $2.90 per household per month, so residents are encouraged to use it. Recyclables that wind up in the black trash cart cost $125 per ton for disposal, so it’s like paying twice!

For more information, visit, or call Public Works at 757-385-4650.