Recycling Collection

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 Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding recycling collection in the Town of Leesburg. If you have any additional questions or need more information, please call 703-771-2790 or email

When is my recycling collected?

Town residents receive recycling collection once a week– NW: Mondays, NE, inside bypass: Tuesdays, NE, outside bypass: Wednesdays, SW, plus Meadowbrook: Thursdays, and SE, except Meadowbrook: Fridays. Your bin must be at the curb before 4AM the day of collection - regardless of when your recycling is collected during the day. Patriot Disposal may change schedule/routes due to weather, vehicle breakdown, staffing changes, etc. so it is VERY important to have your recycling out by 4AM. Crews cannot return for material set out late. Recycling may be taken to the Town's drop-off center or will be collected the following week.

Recyclables do not need to be sorted for pickup. The Town of Leesburg’s contractor, Patriot Disposal Services, uses a bulk pickup truck to collect recyclables and sorts them at their facility.

How do I report a missed recycling collection?

Please use our online form to report missed trash, recycling, bulk items, and  yard waste collections. 

*Please note that Patriot Disposal uses different trucks for yard waste and recycling, as the materials go to different facilities.  Crews will not return for materials set out late after 4:00 AM the day of collection or for materials in un-marked and/or mislabeled containers. 

What can be recycled?

Need information on what items can be included in your recycling container?  Check out our What to Include in Your Recycling with photos and descriptions of items accepted!


What cannot be recycled?

The following items cannot be accepted with recycling collection:

  • Tin foil, aluminum disposable baking pans
  • Drinking glasses, glass mirrors, window glass
  • Light Bulbs (Click here for information on CFL bulb disposal)
  • Facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc.
  • Cardboard Milk and Juice Cartons (these items have a wax lining on the cardboard)
  • Pizza boxes with grease stains or food stuck to the cardboard
  • Frozen food boxes with a wax interior (i.e., some frozen vegetable boxes)
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts (Some Styrofoam "bricks" or solid pieces may have a recycling number and can be recycled)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic containers from hazardous household waste (motor oil bottles, antifreeze bottles, pesticide spray bottles, etc.)
  • Snack food bags and wrappers (from chips, granola bars, candy bars, etc.)
  • Paper cups, plates and disposable silverware
  • Ice cream and frozen juice containers
  • Batteries of any kind (auto batteries can be recycled at the Loudoun County Landfill)

Does my recycling have to be in blue recycling bins?

 The Town now provides two free, blue, plastic recycling bin to each household and business receiving curbside trash service.  New, larger 24-gallon bins are now available.  Bins are available for pickup in the lobby of Town Hall, located at 25 West Market Street, next to the Tally Ho Theater, between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

*Later this summer, each residence will receive a black trash toter and a blue recycling toter, with wheels and attached lids. Single family homes will receive 96 gallon toters and townhomes will receive 64 gallon toters. At the present time, Town officials expect toters to be delivered beginning in late July with deliveries completed to all residences by the end of August. Until toters are issued, residents should continue to use their current trash cans and recycling bins.

* Do not use plastic bags for recycling.


What Truck is Used to Pick Up My Recycling?

The truck Patriot Disposal uses for recycling is the same type of vehicle that they use to collect trash and yard waste. To tell what type of material the truck in your neighborhood is picking up, look for a symbol/logo on the side of the truck. There are labels for yard waste and recycling. Trucks without these marks are either trash or bulk pickup vehicles. Note - these are the same actual vehicles but they are used for different materials at different times. 

Recycling Drop-off Center

Recycle newspapers, cardboard, paperboard, office paper, phone books, junk mail, magazines, glass bottles, jars, aluminum and steel food cans, and plastic containers at any time at the town’s drop-off center:

Wal-Mart parking lot, Route 15 Bypass (Edwards Ferry Rd)


Additional Recycling Centers in Loudoun County

Loudoun County also provides additional recycling centers located throughout the county. Please visit the Recycling Centers website for locations and materials accepted.

Please e-mail or phone 703-771-2790 if you have any questions regarding the recycling program or need additional information.

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