Protecting and Improving the Environment

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Garbage/Trash Weekly Collection provides garbage pick-up for single-family households in the City. Program includes: garbage pick-up by privately contracted provider, bagged lawn debris pick-up (limited to ten (10) bags of yard debris or ten (10) tied/boxed bundles of small tree limbs/branches each collection day), and household bulk-item pick-up by appointment (see details below). Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov. 

Recycling Programs provide residents with a convenient means for recycling and proper disposal of waste and litter. Program includes: weekly curbside recycling, leaf and Christmas tree collection, and household chemical disposal. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Household Bulk Item Collection provides residents with a means of disposing of large household items. Program includes: curbside pick-up by appointment only. Residents must call the City two days prior to desired pick-up. Collections are limited to two items per collection and three collections per year. Examples of household items are sofas, washers, dryers and mattresses. Building materials are NOT accepted. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov for questions or appointments.

Convenience Center, located at the former James City County Landfill on Jolly Pond Road, is available for materials not allowed by the household bulk item collection. The Center is open seven days a week 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Residents may utilize the Center on a prepurchased coupon basis. The number of coupons required is subject to the size of the load brought to the Center. Coupon booklets can be purchased at the James City County Fire Stations and both of the Williamsburg and James City County Treasurers’ Offices. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Household Chemical Disposal offers residents an environmentally safe method of disposing of household chemicals. Collections are held on announced dates from February to October at the Tewning Road Convenience Center off Ironbound Road (hours 9 am – 1 pm). Drop-off items include: paint, household maintenance products, lawn and garden products, automotive products, and miscellaneous household chemicals. Items not accepted: business or medical waste, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition or gun powder, shock-sensitive materials, radioactive products and household trash. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Street Sweeping operates year round to remove litter and debris from City streets. Contact: Street Division of Public Works Department at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Neighborhood Clean-Up and Litter Control Program assists residents in keeping their neighborhoods clean and litter-free. Program includes: trash pick-up by appointment and public education information on litter control. Contact: the Public Works Department at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Leaf Collection provides leaf collection during the months of November and December using a street vacuum system. Program includes: two weekly alternating routes. Leaves must be raked to the curb. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Christmas Tree Collection picks up used Christmas trees curbside. Program includes: collecting trees the first and second Monday after New Year’s Day. A schedule is provided prior to collection. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Stormwater Management provides environmentally sound practices for controlling stormwater and flooding. Program includes: cleaning of ditches, catch basins and pipes; erosion control; storm sewer installation; Best Management Practices (BMP) facilities (dry and wet ponds), and inspection of privately owned facilities. Contact: Street Division, Public Works Department at 220-6140 or publicworks@williamsburgva.gov.

Chesapeake Bay Protection (City Code Chapter 21, Sections 21-614 and 21-816 through 21-826) works to protect and improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, buffer areas and other sensitive environmental lands by minimizing the potential adverse effects of human activity upon these areas. This program includes requiring a tree-removal permit when removing a tree in certain circumstances. Contact: Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes at 220-6131 or rrhodes@williamsburgva.gov for tree removal guidelines or additional information.

Information about the City's Green Initiatives is available on the website and by signing up for Eco-Gram e-notifications.