Instructions for Trash Pickup in Fairfax County

Last Friday’s storm has left many people with yard debris, like broken tree branches, and rotten food that needs to be thrown out. Follow these instructions on how to dispose of your garbage and yard waste.

Disposing Yard Waste

If your trash is collected by a private company, call them directly to schedule a special pickup for yard waste from the storm. Private companies are required to pick up your regular garbage and yard debris at least once a week.

For homeowners who get their trash collected by Fairfax County, put your yard waste on the curb, and leave it there. County crews will eventually pick it up as they make their rounds. However, county authorities ask that you schedule a brush pick up because this will help trash crews to prioritize their routes, and it will help to ensure that your house doesn’t get missed.

Special pickups may be scheduled online or call 703-802-3322, TTY 711, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This special collection will not count against the five allowed per year.

Please note that your brush likely won’t be collected on the date assigned because of the enormous volume of debris to be cleaned up. We ask for your patience, please.

Getting Rid of Rotten Food

You should put your spoiled food in a garbage bag before dumping it in your trash can; this will help reduce odors and discourage rats, mice and other animals from getting into your garbage. If you put your trash in bags without a container, don’t put the bags on the curb until the evening before pick up.

Additionally, you should wash your hands after handling rotten food to protect yourself from potential food-borne illnesses.

Taking Your Trash and Yard Waste to the Landfills

Whether your trash is picked up by a private company or the county, any resident can dispose of regular garbage or yard waste at the county’s two landfills—the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill—for a fee. Both facilities are open seven days a week during their normally scheduled hours.

There is a flat $5 fee per load for residents to dispose of yard waste and brush at either of the two landfills during storm recovery efforts, and the minimum fee for regular trash is $6. Payment may be made by cash, Visa or Mastercard.

The I-66 landfill is located at 4618 West Ox Road, and the I-95 landfill is at 9850 Furnace Road.

Most county residents get their garbage collected by a private company, but the county government provides trash collection for some residents. Check this map (PDF) to see if the county collects your trash or call 703-802-3322, TTY 711, Monday through Friday.