Trash, Recycling, Hazardous Waste, Etc.

For complete information about DC government’s sanitation services, visit


The DC Department of Public Works collects trash and recycling from single-family homes and apartment buildings with three or fewer living units.  Apartment buildings with four or more units, mixed-use residential/commercial buildings and commercial properties must contract for their own trash/recycling collection services.

DPW trash collections for Capitol Hill (and all of Ward 6) are twice a week, and recycling collections are once a week.  To find out your regular collection days, click here.

Holidays: Note that when a holiday falls on a trash collection day, collections will “slide” to the next day for the rest of the week after the holiday through Saturday. 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.

Missed collections:  Call 311 or use the 311 mobile app or DC311 Portal (

How DPW would like you to help:

  • Place trash and recycling containers out for collection after 6:30 pm the night before collection or before 6 am on collection day.
  • Between collections, store trash and recycling containers on your property rather than in the alley or on the sidewalk. Otherwise, you may receive a solid waste ticket. (Residents are required to remove trash and recycling containers from public space by 8 pm on your collection day.)
  • Paint your address on your trash and recycling containers and record the number that appears on these containers to help prevent theft or loss.

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DPW will collect large, bulky items by appointment from residential households that receive DPW trash collection service, up to seven items per appointment. For limits on what kind of items they will (and won’t) accept, visit To arrange for a pick-up,  call 311 or use the 311 mobile app or DC311 Portal (

You can also take bulk items to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE).


DPW will collect up to five bags (per week) of yard waste from residences that receive DPW trash and recycling collection services. DPW’s collection priority is trash; therefore, yard waste will be collected as space in the truck permits.  For more information, visit

Biodegradable yard waste bags are available at local hardware and grocery stores.


The fall leaf collection program runs from the first week of November through the second week of January. DPW will collect leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood (per an announced schedule) by “vacuuming” loose leaves that residents rake into their treebox(es). Rake leaves into the treebox space the weekend before your street’s collection weeks – don’t rake them into the street or block gutters or storm drains.  And leaves only!  DPW says tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, etc., will damage the equipment and delay collections.  To find the leaf collection schedule and status for your street, visit

Holiday trees and greenery will be collected from the curb in front of your home through January 27, 2017 and will be composted. Trees and greenery collected after January 27 will be collected with the trash as space permits in the truck. Remove ornaments, tinsel and other decorations and put the tree(s) and greenery where your trash and recycling are collected.

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Take all household hazardous waste, unwanted electronic equipment, and personal documents for shredding to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE).

Household Hazard Waste/E-cycling/Document Shredding Drop-off Schedule

For more information, including what items they will (and won’t) accept, visit