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Trash and Recycling Pick Up Day

The Department of Public Works removes approximately 128,000 tons of trash and more than 20,000 tons of recyclables from 110,000 single-family homes and small residential buildings (with no more than three living units) each year. Residential buildings with more than 3 living units do not receive trash collection services from the City.

Please Note: If a resident living in a building with more than 3 residential units enters their address, clicking the button will return a trash day, but that does not supercede the City policy for residential trash collection. Those living in apartment buildings with more than 3 units do not receive trash collection services from the City.

Most households follow a once-a-week trash collection schedule and use the 96-gallon plastic rolling cart, or Supercan, for their trash. Homes in neighborhoods with narrow streets and alleys receive twice-weekly trash collection and use the smaller 32-gallon plastic rolling carts (mini-Supercan), or Clean City or personal trash cans.

When a holiday falls on a trash and recycling collection day, collections will "slide" to the next day for the rest of the week after the holiday through Saturday. For example, if the holiday falls on a Monday, DPW will collect Monday routes on Tuesday and so on through Saturday. In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, if the holiday occurs on a Monday, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.



Service Need

Residents can enter part or all of any address in the District to find out the trash and recycling pickup day(s) for that location.


Service at a Glance

Provided By: DPW
Phone: 311
Days: By Appointment
Location: 55 M Street, SE, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20003

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