or (757) 220-6140
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
(Note: Information about Business Recycling is also available)
Check out Green City Initiatives to see what the City is doing in-house and get tips on how you can live "Historically Green."
Residential Curbside Recycling:
Residential curbside recycling is collected every Wednesday. Green bins are provided to residents upon request to the City. To insure collection, bins must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m.
ATTENTION: BEFORE REQUESTING A BIN -- Do you live in the City of Williamsburg? The Williamsburg mailing address contains 3 localities: Williamsburg City Limits, James City County & York County. Use this easy street listing Williamsburg Street Listing to confirm that you live in the Williamsburg City limits.
Materials can be mixed in the bin and will be sorted at the processing facility. Extra recyclables should be placed in paper bags or an open container next to your recycling bin. Recyclables placed in plastic bags will not be collected because the plastic bags get caught in the machinery at the processing plant. Wet recyclables due to inclement weather are still recyclable, leave at the curb for collection.
Requesting your bin from the correct locality will insure that you get your recycling bin promptly.
WINTER 2013/2014 Recycling Bin flyers have been distributed in bins. Flyers show current news, upcoming events and list items that can and can't be recycled.
The following materials are recyclable items:
Household paper – newspapers & inserts, paper grocery bags, junk mail, magazines, cards, stationary, school paper, telephone books, single-ply cardboard (cereal and tissue boxes) and computer paper.
Glass - clear, brown and green bottles & jars. Please rinse and remove lids. Metal lids cans be recycled.
Metal and Aluminum – metal cans, aluminum cans, & aluminum foil products.
Plastic Bottles or Jugs #1 or #2 – CHECK FOR THE NECK! Bottle-shaped #1 and #2 are the only plastics accepted. Examples: milk jugs, soda bottles, household cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles. Please rinse. Caps can be left on. Corrugated Cardboard – flattened, no larger than 3 X 4 ft pieces; call for special pickup of large amounts of cardboard (757) 220-6140.
Important Recycling Tips:
- No plastic bags! Do not not place recyclables in paper bags or put plastic bags in your recycling bin, plastic bags jam the equipment at the processing plant.
- Be sure to rinse food residue from your cans and bottles, if not items will be thrown into the landfill because of food contamination.
- On windy days, place heavier items on top of lighter paper items to hold them securely in the bin.
- Remember let it get wet on rainy days, wet materials are recyclable.
- No styrofoam.
Did you know...
In 2012 the city recycled over 7000 tons of recyclables from city operations, city businesses and residents. Some of the items recycled:
390 tons Commingle
.25 tons Antifreeze
6 tons Cooking Oil
31 tons Glass
126 tons Wood Pallets
.98 tons Paint
1961 tons Debris (leaves and sticks)
2.93 tons Vehicle Batteries
36 tons Nonferrous Metals
37 tons Office Paper
108 tons Tires
180 tons Auto Oil
2062 tons Asphalt
15 tons Horse Manure
8.7 tons Newspaper
7.98 tons Food Donations
695 tons collected by TFC
Recycling suggestions for items not covered under the Residential Curbside Collection:Battery Recycling
batteries are accepted at the Household Chemical Collections.
Cell Phone Recycling - Verizon, Office Depot, Staples and Avalon.
Computer and Electronics Recycling – The City offers drop-off computer recycling at the Household Chemical Collections. Acceptable items include central processing units, keyboards, mice, laptop computers, manuals, miscellaneous (cables, power cords, etc.), monitors, printers, and scanners. Electronic devices accepted include cameras, portable radios, palm pilots, video games and consoles, stereo equipment, dvd and vcr players, ipods or mp3 players and battery back-ups. NO TVs. If you miss the HCC collections there are several computer recyclers in the area: Sims Metals, 2116 Route 17, Tabb, VA 23693 (757) 599-4930, ARC, 2520 58th Street, Hampton, VA 23661 (757) 896-8463, Staples, Office Depot and Best Buy.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs/CFLs Recycling - are collected at the Household Chemical Collections. Also, our local Home Depot recycles CFLs. Bulbs can be dropped off at 6700 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, Va 23188.
Kitchen Fats, Oils and Grease Recycling - Tewning Road Convenience Center.
Motor Oil Recycling - Advance Auto Parts/454 Merrimac Trail, Jamestown Road Shell Station and Tewning Road Convenience Center.
Packing Peanuts & Bubble Wrap Recycling - Williamsburg Parcel Plus, Mailstop and UPS Stores.
Plastic Bag Recycling - Tewning Road Convenience Center and most grocery stores have a collection bin in front of the store. Plastic bag recycling includes - plastic department store bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, toilet paper/paper towel over wrap, water bottle/soda case wrap, stretch film (no household saran wrap) and plastic trash bags.
Printer and Toner Cartridge Recycling - Office Depot and Staples.
Sneakers/Tennis Shoe Recycling - the Nike Store located in the Prime Outlets accept sneakers for recycling. Nike recycles all parts of the shoe, turning them into a product called "Nike Grind." It is used to make playground and athletic surfaces. For more info, go to www.nikereuseashoe.com. Also if you're headed to the Quarterpath Recreation Center or Waller Mill Park they have collection boxes set up for sneaker recycling.
TV Recycling - there are several options on the Peninsula, some at no charge--some charge a small fee. Check the following charities: ARC of the Peninsula 757-896-9463, CHKD 757-220-5437, DAV 220-0839, Goodwill 757-941-3140 and Best Buy 757-220-1352.
Wire Hanger Recycling - Most dry cleaners will accept hangers.
Household Chemical, Computer and Electronics Collection - Need to get rid of old paints, household chemicals, computers and small electronics? Take items to our Household Chemical Collections. Acceptable materials include: household maintenance products, including latex and oil-based paints, automotive products, lawn & garden products and household cleaning products. Items not accepted: business or medical waste, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition or gun powder, shock sensitive materials, radioactive products or household trash. Approved computer/electronic items include: computers and accessories, telephones, cameras, portable radios, stereo equipment, palm pilots, Ipods, MP3 players, video games and consoles, battery backups, miscellaneous household electronics. No TVS. Also rechargeable batteries, fluorescent and CFL light bulbs are collected.
If you miss the HHC collections, Williamsburg residents are allowed to drop off items at other local collections. Please visit the VPPSA website www.vppsa.org or call 757-259-9850 for details.
2014 Household Chemical & Electronics Recycling Collection Schedule
Warhill High School
4615 Opportunity Way
February 8, 2014
April 12, 2014
June 14, 2014
August 9, 2014
October 11, 2014
Tewning Road Convenience Recycling Center
The Tewning Road Convenience Center at 107 Tewning Road is a shared recycling center for Williamsburg and James City County residents. The center is also an recycling option for small businesses. Glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, waste motor oil, antifreeze, plastic bags and cooking oil is collected. Hours: Monday 8 am-12pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-4pm. Closed on Sundays. For more information visit James City County’s website.