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Last Updated: 2021-01-25

Bulk and Brush

The City of Richmond has enhanced its Bulk and Brush Collection program to provide a more effective and efficient service to residents. Previously, bulk and brush items were collected upon request. The program modifications will provide BI-WEEKLY collection year around and will mirror the recycling collection schedule.

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  • Bi-weekly collection on your trash collection day during your recycling collection week
    ( see CVWMA schedule below )
  • Items will be collection from the same location as household trash
  • Prohibited items:
    • ○   Construction debris
      ○   Tires
      ○   Carpet
      ○   Auto parts

  • Any same day bulk and brush collection request is available for
    $100 per request
  • Collection of appliances - available for $50 (per appliance/request)
  • Residents can dispose of bulk/brush on their own at:
    • ○   East Richmond Road Convenience Center
           3800 East Richmond Road
           Monday-Friday     7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
           Saturday             8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

      ○   Hopkins Road Transfer Station
           3520 North Hopkins Road
           Monday-Friday     6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
           Saturday             8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Regular Refuse Collection

For businesses only, click here for the Refuse Collection Agreement form and the Cancellation of Refuse Collection Service form.

You may be eligible for exemption from solid waste and recycling fees. Click here to learn about the guidelines.

The Department of Public Works collects and disposes of solid waste. Ninety routes, comprised of 65,000 residences and small businesses are serviced. Trash is collected once per week, Monday through Thursday. It must be placed inside a City-issued supercan. Items placed in non-issued cans or containers will not be collected and a violation notification will be issued. Bagged refuse and boxes will be removed during weekly collection. This is in compliance with the City of Richmond Ordinance Section 86-81 (a)(b).

Residential trash is collected once per week in the city of Richmond. Supercans must be placed out no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and not later than 6:00 a.m. on collection day. Cans must be removed from City property by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection, in accordance with City Code Section 86-44.

If you need the identification number for your supercan, please call the Solid Waste Division at (804) 646-1798 or Customer Care at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000.

Click here to find out your trash collection day

Holiday Schedule

Collection: Trash is collected Monday thru Thursday, except for city holidays. Trash is not collected on city holidays, it (collection) is delayed by one day. Example: If a holiday falls on a Monday, trash will be delayed by one day. Trash scheduled for pick-up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday and trash scheduled for Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday and so on until Friday.

CVWMA Recycling Calendar

Back Door Service

We understand sometimes our City’s elderly and/or disabled residents need assistance putting supercans out for trash collection. The Department of Public Works provides “Back Door Service” for those who are eligible. You can review and download the Back Door Service Guidance here. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis. Please be advised crews will only empty one supercan for those who receive Back Door Service.

DIY Trash Disposal*

City residents are able to dispose of BAGGED household trash at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center (ERRCC), 3800 East Richmond Road. No bulk items, such as furniture, will be accepted. The facility is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The ERRRCC is closed on Sundays and on holidays observed by Richmond city government.

*Proof of residency is required to utilize this service.

Refuse and Recycling

City Ordinance, No. 2007-230-275, which was approved by City Council in November of 2007, allows receptacles to be placed on City property or in the public right-of-way no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and requires the receptacles be removed by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection.

The city of Richmond will issue warnings for refuse and recycling receptacles left in the public right of way outside of specified collection times. The trash and recycling receptacles used by Richmond residents and businesses will be subject to these warnings. The City's Department of Public Works will place yellow warning stickers on receptacles that must be removed.

Leaving receptacles on public sidewalks, alleys, roads and other city property isn't just unsightly, it also creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.  Please help keep these areas attractive and safe by removing your receptacles outside of the specified collection times.

New Recycling Carts

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Household Hazardous Waste

The facility cannot accept fire extinguishers, asbestos, road flares, herbicides or pesticides, explosives or materials that are shock-sensitive, radioactive or infectious. Hazardous waste items from commercial entities or from persons living outside of the city limits are also not accepted at the facility.

This service is provided free of charge to city of Richmond residents. Visitors will be required to provide proof of residency, such as a valid driver's license, utility bill or vehicle registration. Staff from the City's Department of Public Works will be onsite to assist residents with unloading and disposal of their waste materials.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center at 3800 East Richmond Road, accepts household hazardous waste from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The facility is closed Sundays and Holidays. Household hazardous waste items accepted at the facility include:

Household hazardous waste items accepted at the facility include:

  • Solvents
    • mineral spirits
    • paint thinner
    • turpentine
  • Paints (20 gallons per month/per household limit)
    • oil or latex
    • polyurethane
    • tung oil
    • stains
    • varnish
    • shellac
    • tints
    • lacquer thinners
    • paint reducers
    • primers
    • varsol
  • Fuels
    • gasoline
    • gasoline additives
    • #2 fuel oil
    • kerosene
    • diesel
    • chain saw fuel
    • motor boat fuel
    • oil additives
  • Propane tanks
  • Car fluids
    • motor oil
    • transmission fluid
    • antifreeze
  • Car batteries - lead acid batteries only
  • Cooking oil


By City Code, one supercan for solid waste collection is provided to each city residence. Up to (3) three additional cans may be purchased for $55 each. Cans can be ordered through the 3-1-1- call center or online at The fee will be applied to your utility bill. You also may call to request a replacement supercan if yours is damaged. It may take 7-14 business days for delivery, depending upon availability. Businesses such as churches, apartment complexes, rooming houses, etc., are allowed a maximum of four cans at a cost of $21.45/month per can. Businesses with trash volume requiring a need for more than four cans are required, by City Code, to utilize a private company.

Refuse collection agreement for businesses

Cancellation form for businesses


The City of Richmond offers a curbside recycling collection service through its partnership with Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.  More information on this program is available on our Clean City Commission website.

There is no need to separate items. The following items can be mixed all together in your recycling bin.

  • newspapers
  • mixed paper
  • aluminum cans
  • steel cans
  • aluminum foil
  • glass bottles and jars
  • wax coated cartons
  • plastics #1 - #7 (such as milk, soap, shampoo & detergent bottles, butter tubs, yogart cups, and clamshell containers)

You can now recycle your lids and caps too.

Appliance Collection

There is a $50 fee for collection of appliances. For more information, or to arrange a pickup, please call 3-1-1. You may also send a check or money order to the following address and we will schedule collection immediately.

      Department of Public Works Customer Care
      900 E. Broad St., Room 704
      Richmond, VA 23219

Be sure to include the service address.

City residents can dispose of appliances; bulk and brush refuse items for free by taking them to the East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, or the Southside Transfer Station, 3520 North Hopkins Road.

DIY Disposal (please read carefully)

Richmond Southside Transfer Station

3520 North Hopkins Road
Hours:  Monday - Friday   6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
            Saturday             8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
            Closed Sundays and Holidays
Telephone: ( 804 ) 232-8488

Items received:

  • Large bulk items (e.g. furniture)
  • Brush/Yard waste
  • Appliances
  • Large items
  • No commercial or contractor debris
  • Tires without rims, limit of four. No off-road or oversized tires. Fees are as follows:

    o   $1 each for more than four passenger tires

    o   $5 each for tractor-trailer tires


  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum cans
  • Newspapers

East Richmond Road Landfill and Convenience Center

-City residents ONLY, identification will be verified-

3800 East Richmond Road
Hours:   Monday - Friday   7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
             Saturday             8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
             Closed Sundays and Holidays
Telephone: ( 804 ) 646-4706

Household trash and limited amounts of bulk accepted. No commercial vehicles.

Acceptable items:

  • Yard waste/brush (natural wood only; no plywood, treated wood, etc.)
  • Tires with no rims, limit of four (no off-road or oversized tires)
  • Small appliances

Unacceptable items:

  • No commercial or contractor items or debris
  • No dirt, rocks or concrete

Project WARM

"Firewood" within the City goes toward helping those in need through the Salvation Army and Project WARM. If you, or someone you know is in need of firewood during the winter, please contact Project Warm at (804) 225-7470.

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Hours: Monday -Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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