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Trash and Recycling

The Association retains the services of a trash collection and recycling company.  The Cluster's original contractor, Con-Serve Industries (CSI) was bought by EnviroSolutions (ESI), which is now merging with Waste Management, so Waste Management is now our provider.  The trash and recyclables collections schedule is: 

  • Wednesday - RECYCLABLES 

YARD WASTE- Due to the size and nature of our community and low volume of yard debris generated, yard waste will be now be collected on Mondays and Thursdays as regular trash. 


These dates will be announced in December. Trees should not be placed in bags. All tinsel and ornaments should be removed. Trees must be placed at the curb prior to 6:00 a.m. on collection days.


There will be no pick-ups when a collection day falls on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Years Day.  Hold your trash or recyclables until the next scheduled pick-up day.  In addition,Waste Management reserves the right to cancel collection services on days or in areas in which they deem the roads to be unsafe because of accumulation of snow or ice.  There will be no makeup days; just hold your trash and recyclables until the next regularly scheduled pickup day.


Trash should be placed at the curb by 6 am on collection days.  Trash set out for collection can include general household trash and garbage, and small furniture and household equipment.  The following items will not be collected: dead animals, oil, paint, batteries, construction material, manure, tree stumps, mulch, sod, dirt, stone, rocks, concrete, bricks, poisons, acids, caustics, explosives or other dangerous material.  These items can be taken directly by homeowners to the County Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road, south of Route 50.  See the county website for a complete list of disposable items and instructions for their disposal:   See also the web page that details what is considered hazardous waste and gives instructions for its disposal.

**Special arrangements must be made for disposal of large furniture, mattresses and other large household items.  These will be picked up at no extra charge once arrangements have been made with Waste Management by calling them at 703-674-1701.

"White goods" such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, and other large, bulky metal goods can also be picked up by special arrangements with Waste Management, but in these cases, an additional fee, paid by credit card in advance, will be charged to the homeowner.

Residents should put out trash and garbage for collection in covered trash barrels in order to keep wild or domesticated animals and birds from getting into the garbage and scattering it on the sidewalk or parking area.  You may set out unprotected heavy-duty plastic trash bags as long as they contain absolutely no food scraps or food containers with food residue.  Make certain the bags are securely tied so their contents will not spill out during collection.

Recyclable materials include glass bottles and jars, plastic items (labeled 1-7), metal food and beverage cans, newspapers and magazines, brush and yard debris.  Please see this updated pamphlet for a graphical representation of what is acceptable in our recycling bins.  All other materials are not recyclable and must be disposed of in the regular household trash.  Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable for Cluster pickup, but may be recycled by returning them to any area's grocery stores.  Recyclables should be set out at the curb by 6 am on collection days.  Glass, plastic, and metal items can be placed out in a recycling bin or in clear plastic bags.  Newspapers and magazines should be in a recycling bin, in a paper bag, or tied securely with twine.  Shredded documents and any other small paper items should be bagged.  Brush or tree trimmings must be cut into lengths no greater than four feet, and then tied into small bundles or bagged.  Grass clippings, yard debris, and "outsize" items other than those previously described, should be bagged and set out with recyclables on Wednesdays.  Please see our updated guidelines on disposing of yard waste.

Waste Management  is asking all residents to set out cardboard on your recycling collection day ONLY. Please do not put out loose cardboard it with the trash pickup.  Cardboard will not be accepted on trash collection days. This only applies to cardboard that is at the curb, outside of your trash container. Moreover, cardboard typically needs to be dry and oil free to be recycled, so please avoid putting out cardboard on rainy evenings and place oily pizza boxes in the regular trash.

Reston Association covenants require that residents not set out trash or recyclables before the evening of the day preceding collection day.  Similarly, residents are to bring in their empty trash barrels and recycling containers by evening of collection day.

Residents should report any problems with trash collection and recycling to the Waste Management dispatcher at 703-674-1701.

If Residents have additional questions about trash and recyclable collection, they may contact Waste Management at (703) 444-3181.