Trash and Recycling Collection

  • The Department of Public Works (“DPW”) provides regularly scheduled trash and recycling collection to single family homes and small, multifamily buildings in the District. Check the website for the day of collection in your neighborhood.

  • All trash items should be bagged and placed inside a container in order to be picked up. Only bags filled with grass clippings and leaves are allowed outside of the containers. Failure to do so will result in an increase of nuisance animals’ presence.

  • Place trash and recycling containers out for collection no earlier than 6:30pm the night before collection and no later than 6am on your collection day. Residents are required to remove trash and recycling containers from public space by 8pm on your collection day.

  • Between collection dates, trash cans should be stored on your individual property and not out on the sidewalk or in an alleyway. Failure to comply with any of these items may result in a fine against you. 

  • For more information on proper trash and recycling procedures visit the DC Department of Public Works Sanitation Services webpage.