Recyclable Materials - What to Include

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What Can Be Recycled in Leesburg

no plastic bagsPlease note that recycling should NOT be placed in plastic bags. All recycled items should be placed loose in your recycling Toter®.

* New Change (effective January 27, 2020): If you choose to recycle your shredded paper, please place it in biodegradable paper bags or put in the toter loose, or you can put shredded paper in a recyclable paper bag (such as a yard waste paper bag), or in a recyclable cardboard box, and then put in the recycling toter. 

Soiled cardboard, like pizza boxes, and frozen food boxes with wax coating should NOT be included with recycling, but placed in your regular trash.

Styrofoam, all types, are no longer accepted as recycling. Styrofoam should be disposed of as trash.

Below are the items that are currently collected with recycling.  If you're not sure if something can be recycled, e-mail or call 703-771-2790 for more information and assistance!

2 Cans Cardboard
Rinse of all food residue, labels are okay
Crush to conserve space


Corrugated Cardboard
Breakdown larger boxes


Food Paperboard Box

Glass Containers

Paperboard Boxes
Cereal, cracker, and baking mix boxes
Shoe, gift, and electronics boxes
Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes

Food and beverage bottles and jars
Includes all colors, sizes and shapes
Lids and labels are okay; please rinse

Junk Mail


Junk Mail
Include postcards, window envelopes
and glossy ads

Include glossy newspaper inserts and ads

Regular Paper

Plastic Containers

Mixed Paper
Include office paper, colored paper, notebook paper, etc.

Plastics 1-7
Include any shape/size container with 1 through 7 inside recycling triangle.
Okay to leave caps and lids on.


Are there more plastics that can be recycled than just bottles?  YES!  Not sure if the plastic is recyclable?  As a general rule, flip the item over and look on the bottom for a triangle with a number in it.  If it's a number 1 through 7, we can accept it!  This includes many items such as yogurt and margarine containers, some plastic and foam packing materials, as well as some of the hard plastic electronics packaging materials.  Look for symbols like these:


Plastic #2





For information on items that should not be mixed with recycling, please click here.

Recycling should be co-mingled, placed loose in your Toter® and put at the curb by 6 a.m. on your pickup day.

Items set out after this time could be missed and must wait until the following week for collection or may be taken to one of the recycling drop-off centers.