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Trash and Recycling

The Association retains the services of a trash collection and recycling company on behalf of the entire cluster.  Our original agreement was signed with Con-Serv Industries (CSI), but has been re-assigned a couple times and is currently held by Bates Trucking.  

The trash and recyclables collections schedule is: 

  • Mondays - TRASH & BAGGED YARD WASTE COLLECTION
  • Wednesday - RECYCLABLES 
  • Thursday -  TRASH, BAGGED YARD WASTE & OVERSIZED ITEM COLLECTION**
GENERAL GUIDELINES

Trash or recycling should be placed at the curb by 6 am on collection days.  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.

Trash should be placed in covered trash barrels 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.  

Trash set out for collection can include general household trash and garbage, and small furniture and household equipment.  Yard waste will also be picked up with trash - please see our updated guidelines on disposing of yard waste.  The following items will not be collected with trash and yard waste: clean cardboard, 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.  Cardboard must be recycled and all other 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:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/dispaccept-index.htm.   See also the web page that details what is considered hazardous waste and gives instructions for its disposal.  

Recyclable materials include "clean" cardboard (e.g. no greasy pizza bozes), 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.  Please see our updated guidelines on disposing of yard waste.

**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 Bates Trucking by calling them in advance at 703-212-9395.  "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 Bates Trucking at an additional fee directly charged to the homeowner.

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. 

CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP

These dates will be announced in December. Trees should not be placed in bags and all tinsel and ornaments should be removed. 

HOLIDAY/BAD WEATHER POLICY

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, Bates Trucking 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.  

If residents have additional questions about trash and recyclable collection, please contact Bates Trucking directly at 703-212-9395