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Additional plastics added to our program--see listing below!  

What's New?  Watch an informational video - New Recycling Program

New schedule
- Collection will be every other Wednesday.  The City of Williamsburg is on the Red Route. Here are the collection dates July 2015 through June 2016:   

July 8 & 22 Aug 5 & 19 Sept 2, 16 & 30  Oct 14 & 28 Nov 11 & 25 Dec 9 & 23
Jan 6 & 20 Feb 3 & 17 Mar 2, 16 & 30 Apr 13 & 24 May 11 & 25 June 8 & 22

Or print a calendar - Recycling Calendar.  

recycling carts -  Recycling carts have been delivered and assigned to each resident.  The carts are the property of our new recycling hauler, County Waste. If you move, please leave the cart for the next resident to use.   To insure collection, place your recycling cart at the curb before 7:00 a.m. with the lid opening  facing the street.   Please note that recycling carts containing household trash will not be serviced and continuous misuse will result in the removal of the recycling cart.  

Old 18 Gallon Bins - You can keep the bin, drop it off at the Tewning Road Convenience Center located at 137 Tewning Road or use it to transport your items to a Household Chemical Collection (see dates below).


What is Collected? -  No need to separate your items they are sorted at the processing facility.  Do NOT place recyclables in plastic bags!!  The bags jam the sorting machinery at the processing facility.  Remember the new system is automated all recyclables must be in your cart for collection.  View & Print the Recycling Brochure                      

The following materials are recyclable items:

Cardboard & Mixed Paper - Call 220-6140 to set up a large cardboard collection. Flattened boxes, magazines, junk mail, catalogs, telephone books, office paper, cards, stationary, paper grocery bags, school paper, computer paper, shredded paper in paper bags, single layer cardboard such as cereal and tissue boxes, newspapers and advertising inserts.  

Glass Bottles & Jars - All types and colors of glass bottles and jars. Remove lids and rinse out food residue.  (Metal lids cans be recycled.)

Metal Cans – Steel and aluminum food and beverage cans.  Please rinse out food residue. 

Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Containers - Water and drink bottles, shampoo, soap, and detergent bottles; widemouth containers such as butter tubs, yogurt cups, mayonnaise jars; clamshell containers such as salad bar containers, bakery product containers, strawberry containers; microwave food trays, party cups, plastic sandwich meat containers.  Please remove lids and rinse out food residue. 

Rigid Plastics - Plastic food storage containers, plastic trays and dishes, stadium cups, laundry baskets, dish drainers, home storage bins, flower pots, buckets, pails, garbage cans, plastic toys and plastic lawn furniture (no item larger than 3'x4').  

Items NOT ACCEPTED - Plastics Bags, Greasy Paper (pizza boxes), Wax Covered Fiber (such as milk or juice cartons, candy wrappers, some packing paper), Napkins, Paper Towels, Tissues, Twine, String or Wire, Ceramic Dishes or Ovenware, Plate Glass (window panes, mirrors), Light Bulbs (fluorescent and regular), Needles or Other Medical Waste, Clothes Hangers, Lawn Chair Frames, Pot & Pans, or Other Scrap Metal, Paint and Aerosol Cans, any Plastic Pesticide, Poison or Automotive Product Containers, Foam Plastic Products (styrofoam cups, plates or packing material), Diapers and Other Personnel Care Products and Plastic Lined Aluminum Cans.

Did you know...

In 2013 the city recycled over 7525 tons of recyclables from city operations, city businesses and residents.  Some of the items recycled:

  • 819.9 tons Commingle 
  • .39 tons Antifreeze
  • 18.59 tons Cooking Oil
  • 103.1 tons Glass
  • 132.11 tons Wood Pallets
  • 1550 tons Debris (leaves and sticks)
  • 2.4 tons Vehicle Batteries
  • 48.94 tons Nonferrous Metals
  • 49.76 tons Office Paper
  • 101.2 tons Tires
  • 28.39 tons Auto Oil
  • 3697 tons Asphalt
  • 15 tons Horse Manure
  • 9.24 tons Newspaper
  • 2.1 tons Oyster Shells 
  • .26 tons Tennis Shoes
  • 701 tons collected by TFC  
    residential recycling 

Recycling suggestions for items not covered under the Residential Curbside Collection:

Rechargeable Battery Recycling - rechargeable batteries are accepted at the Household Chemical Collections, Best Buy and Lowes. 

Cell Phone Recycling - Verizon, Office Depot, Staples and Avalon.

Computer and Electronics Recycling – can be taken to the Jolly Pond Convenience Center operated by James City County.  Coupons are NOT required.  See website for details Jolly Pond.   Items are also collected at the Household Chemical and Computer & Electronics Collections.  See list below for approved items.  Other options: Sims Metals, 2116 Route 17, Tabb, VA 23693 (757) 599-4930, ARC, 2520 58th Street, Hampton, VA 23661 (757) 896-8463, StaplesOffice Depot and Best Buy.  

Fluorescent Light Bulbs/CFLs Recycling - are collected at the Household Chemical Collections.  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 grocery stores that provide collection bins at their entrances. 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  Also if you're headed to the Quarterpath Recreation Center or Waller Mill Park they have collection boxes  for sneaker recycling.

TV Recycling - there are several options on the Peninsula, no charge/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 - Check with your local dry cleaner.   

Household Chemical and Computer & Electronics Collections - 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 Williamsburg HHC collections, Williamsburg residents are allowed to drop off items at other local collections.  For dates and locations visit or call 757-259-9850 for details.  

2015 Household Chemical and Computer & Electronics Collections Schedule


 Warhill High School
4615 Opportunity Way

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

February 14, 2105
April 11, 2015
June 13, 2015
August 8, 2015
October 10, 2015

Tewning Road Convenience Recycling Center - The Tewning Road Convenience Center at 107 Tewning Road is a shared recycling center for Williamsburg and James City CoTewning Road Convenience Centerunty 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 8am-12pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-4pm.  Closed on Sundays.  For more information visit James City County’s website.

How about energy savings?  Check out these websites:
Dominion Virginia Power  or  Virginia Natural Gas

Check out Green City Initiatives to see what the City is doing in-house and get tips on how you can live "Historically Green."

(Note: Information about Business Recycling is also available)

Last updated: 6/18/2015 10:11:59 AM