Recycling and Trash

Do's and Don'ts

Any violation of these rules may result in a Code of Student Conduct Category A Trash Disposal charge, with fines and work sanction hours being imposed.

Find Your Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule

Holiday Trash and Recycling Collections Schedule

In West Georgetown

Do...

  • Put your trash out near the street for early Tuesday morning and early Friday morning pickup after 6:30 p.m. the night before pickup or no later than 6:00 a.m. the morning of pickup. [See note on Holiday Schedule below.]
  • Put trash in plastic bags, tie them tight & place them within a plastic or metal can with a tight-fitting lid. If you need a trash can, you may order one from the Dept of Public Works (DPW).
  • Put items for recycling in a recycling bin and put out for Friday morning pickup only. Make sure to rinse/clean recycling of food residue before placing into bins. Overflow items may be put in a paper bag and placed next to the bin (no plastic bags, please!).
  • Click here for the City's list of items for recycling.
  • Remove your cans & recycle bins from public display before 8:00 p.m. the day of pickup.
  • Call 311 or go online to submit a request if a collection has been missed.
  • Call 311 or go online for bulk trash pickup (see back for further information).
In Burleith

Do...

  • Put your trash and recycling in your alley for early Thursday morning pickup after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night or no later than 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. [See note on Holiday Schedule below.]
  • Put trash in plastic bags, tie them tight & place them in a green Supercan. If you need a trash can, you may order one from the Dept of Public Works (DPW).
  • Put items for recycling in a recycling bin and put out for Friday morning pickup only. Make sure to rinse/clean recycling of food residue before placing into bins. Overflow items may be put in a paper bag and placed next to the bin (no plastic bags, please!).
  • Take your Supercans & recycle bins in before 8:00 p.m. the day of pickup.
  • Call 311 or go online to submit a request if a collection has been missed.
  • Call 311 or go online to submit a request for bulk trash pickup.
In West Georgetown and Burleith

Do Not...

  • Don’t put any plastic garbage bags on the ground for pickup or corral them inside your fence or stairs. Rats and other hazards are attracted to improperly stored waste.
  • Do not overstuff trash cans; lids must fit securely!
  • Do not put recyclable items in plastic bags; place loose items in the recycling bin. Do not leave open recycling bins out 24/7.
  • Don’t forget to remove your trash can & recycling bin from public display before 8:00 p.m. the day of pickup; do not leave them on the sidewalk or allow them to block an alleyway.

Holiday Schedule

If a holiday occurs on a Monday or Tuesday, the pickup schedule will slide to Wednesday and Saturday of that week. If a holiday occurs on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the pickup schedule will slide to Saturday. Visit DPW for more details and watch for reminders from Office of Neighborhood Life (ONL).

Bulk Trash

Bulk trash (larger items, e.g., mattresses, futons, etc.) is picked up by appointment with DPW only. To have bulk trash removed, call DPW at 311 or go online to submit a request. The only exception to this is move-in/move-out trash, which is picked up by the University at the beginning & end of the academic year. Contact ONL for more information at (202) 687.5138.

Acceptable Bulk Items
  • Air conditioners (drain water and fluids)
  • Hot water heaters
  • Household furniture
  • Major appliances, e.g., refrigerators (doors removed)
  • Mattresses and box springs, bed frames
  • Rugs (rolled and tied)
Unacceptable Bulk Items
  • Books
  • Hazardous and/or liquid waste
  • Household trash or garbage (a large amount of regular trash is not bulk trash)
  • Small tree limbs (should be tied and placed with regular trash)
  • Tree stumps

Note: If you have household items (e.g., furniture, small appliances), PAUSE before you call it bulk trash! Is it in good condition? If so, join ONL’s effort to donate such items to people in need by contacting us via e-mail or phone (202) 687.5138.

Trash Violations & Sanctions

As a service to the community, ONL staff regularly patrols the neighborhoods to ensure that student residents are in compliance with the City’s regulations. If ONL determines that the trash situation at a student residence is unsatisfactory (e.g., excessive trash, loose bags, lid not tightly secured on trash can, cans put out too early for pick-up or cans not taken in in a timely manner, improper items in recycle bin, bulk trash put out without a required scheduled appointment with DPW, and so forth), all residents of the house will be responsible for a Code of Student Conduct Category A Trash Disposal violation and the following sanctions will be imposed:

  • First Violation: $150 fine per house + 5 work sanction hours per resident
  • Second Violation: $250 fine per house + 10 work sanction hours per resident
  • Third Violation: $350 fine per house + 15 work sanction hours per resident
  • Note: D.C.’s Dept of Public Works also issues trash citations, for which you may be responsible if your landlord requests reimbursement from you for the fines paid to the city.