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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 and Yard Waste Collection
  • Wednesday - Recycling Collection
  • Thursday -  Trash and Yard Waste Collection
  • Thursday - Oversized Item Collection (ONLY WITH ADVANCED NOTICE - SEE BELOW)

GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • All disposables must be placed at the curb and/or in plain view from the street by 6am on collection day.  Reston Association covenants require that residents' disposables be hidden from view until the evening preceding collection day.  Emptied containers must be again hidden from view by the end of the collection day.
  • All disposables (and especially food waste) must be securely tied and placed in secure containers appropriate to discourage scavenging from wildlife. 
  • Trash and recycling MUST be processed and disposed separately.  Clean cardboard especially must not be disposed with trash If you have questions on what constitutes trash or recylcing, please refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-and-trash
  • If a pickup is inadvertently missed or if you have comments about vendor performance, please contact the cluster board.  The board needs to be aware and aggregate these concerns.

Trash

Trash set out for collection can include general household trash, small furniture and household equipment.  You may not dispose of potentially hazardous materials with trash or recyclingThese materials may include, but are not limited to paints, fluroscent light bulbs, automotive fluids, solvents, batteries, poisons, acids, caustics, explosives and other dangerous materials.  If you are unsure if a material is considered hazardous, please refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/household-hazardous-waste.  Also. you may not dispose of construction materials such as concrete and bricks, medical waste, dead animals, manure, tree stumps, mulch, sod, dirt, stone or rocks. If you have any questions of how to dispose of a certain material, please contact Bates Trucking at 703-212-9395.

Disposal of many items, including hazardous materials, is not managed by the cluster and must be managed by the homeowner.  Fairfax County maintains two disposal centers to dispose of many materials which will not be picked up with trash.  The closest location is the I-66 Transfer Station - location, hours and a complete list of disposable items and instructions may be found herehttps://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/i-66-transfer-station

Yard Waste

Yard waste will be picked up on the same day as trash and should be placed in separate containers (clearly marked “YARD WASTE”), biodegradable bags, or clear plastic bags.  Brush shall be cut in four-foot lengths, with limbs no larger than 3” inches in diameter. Brush shall be tied in bundles no larger than two feet in diameter.

Recycling

Recyclable materials MUST be separated from trash and disposed in a recycling bin/can, in a paper bag, or in the case of newspapers and magazines, tied securely with twine.  Shredded documents and any other small paper items should be bagged.  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, and paper materials.  Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable for Cluster pickup, but may be recycled by returning them to many area grocery stores.  For a complete list of recyclable materials, please refer to this link: If you have questions on what constitutes trash or recylcing, please refer to this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-and-trash

Oversized Item Collection

To dispose of oversized items, special arrangements must be made in advance and directly with with Bates Trucking by calling them at 703-212-9395  Oversized items for disposal include large furniture, mattresses and similarly large household items.  In these cases, the item will be picked up at no extra charge if arrangements were made in advance with Bates Trucking.  "White goods" include large applicances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, and other large, bulky metal goods and will generally incur a fee.  Homeowners must manage the disposal with Bates Trucking or a disposal vendor of choice.

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees will be disposed of on two days each year, early in January.  These dates will be announced to the community in December each year with reminders provided before disposal days.  In each case, trees should not be placed in bags and all tinsel and ornaments must be removed. 

Holidays and Incelement Weather Policy

Bates Trucking does not operate when a collection day falls on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Years Day.  If a collection day falls on a holiday, there will be no makeup days and homeowners must hold onto trash and recyclables until the next regularly scheduled pickup day.  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 incelement weather.  In these cases, there will be no makeup days and homeowners must hold onto 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