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900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA
23219 USA

Hours: Mon - Fri (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Phone No. 804-646-6430

Email: Ask Public Works

About the Clean City Commission

The Richmond Clean City Commission is composed of City Council appointees and concerned volunteers who help clean and beautify Richmond. Their current program, "Pride in Richmond is Picking Up," includes Neighborhood Volunteer Clean-Ups, Graffiti Abatement, and Adopt-A-Spot. For more information call the Clean City Commission Coordinator at (804) 646-8325.

Clean City Commission Board Members

  • Public Works Director: Bobby Vincent

  • Support Services Manager

Board Members

District Board Member
1st District Angie Heyming
2nd District Mirian Lack
3rd District Vacant 
4th District Al Misa
5th District Mark Hickman
6th District Jeannie Boisineau
7th District Nancy Lampert
8th District Claudia Spruill
9th District Deon Artis


Citizen/Corporate Volunteers

District Volunteer
1st District  
2nd District Jeannette Seagraves (chair)
3rd District  
4th District  
5th District  
6th District  
7th District Charles D'Aprix
8th District  
9th District Jameson Babb


Citywide Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Runs March 11 - November 18, 2023

Program Details:

Press Release: Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Starts March 11 |  Schedule and Map

Please note the following information about the program:

  • Neighborhood cleanups are scheduled from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays

  • Crews will collect bulk and brush items curbside and in alleys (wherever your trash is collected)

  • Acceptable items include: furniture, mattresses, bulk household trash, yard waste, tires (four per household) and appliances. All brush must be cut into four foot lengths. We take everything except the items listed below: 

  • Unacceptable items include: 

    • Electronics

    • Construction debris

    • Hazardous waste items

    • Broken glass

If you have questions please contact the Clean City Commission Liaison at (804) 646-8325

DIY Flyer - How to Properly Dispose Household Batteries, Paint, Hazardous Waste Items and Tires


    Richmond E-Cycle Day - May 13, 2023


    • Press Release: Richmond E-Cycle Event scheduled for May 13, 2023
    • City of Richmond residents only
    • Date: May 13, 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm
    • Location: Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4825 Old Warwick Road (23224) 
      • Paper Document Shredding
        • Up to five (5) boxes of paper documents. Be sure to remove all binders, staples and clips
      • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) items 
        • Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints
        • Bug spray, rodent poison and herbicides (Roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)
        • Latex and water based paints will not be collected. These items can be left in open paint cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up
      • Electronics (various fees apply - see the list below along with the flyer with acceptable & non-acceptable items)
        • Computer systems (hard drive or CPU) and accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.) VCRs, camcorders, stereos and all phones
        • Televisions, computer monitors and printers

    FLYER with details

    Image - Richmond E-Cycle Event - May 13 2023 with details

    Useful Information, links and event details:

    For more information, please call 804-646-8325 or send an email to

    Press Release: Richmond E-Cycle Event scheduled for May 13, 2023

    • City of Richmond residents only
    • Date: May 13, 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm
    • Location: Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4825 Old Warwick Road (23224)

    Save the date flyer:

    Image - Richmond E-Cycle Event - May 13 2023


    The City of Richmond offers convenient curbside recycling.

    Your collection day is the same as your refuse (trash) collection day, except it takes place every other week.

    We serve residential customers in single-family homes, duplexes, and fourplexes.  Sorry, we do not service apartment complexes or businesses.

    Richmond E-Cycle Events

    The City of Richmond, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA), typically holds recycling collection events quarterly. 

    Various parts of popular electronic devices may contain dangerous heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium, chromium and mercury. Richmond residents are welcome to bring their unwanted electronics. Most items are accepted free of charge however, some electronics have fees.

    Note: Plastic Makes Problems

    Plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables are not accepted at our local recycling drop-off containers. Plastic bags and plastic bagged recyclables cause problems at the sorting facility, raise disposal costs and are impacting residential recycling programs nationwide. We are asking local recyclers to not place them in their recycling containers and to recycle plastic bags at local grocery/retail stores.

    Useful Information, links and event details:

    DIY Flyer with Disposal Info How to Properly Dispose Batteries, Paint, HHW & Tires
    Trash Collection App  Resource: DPW Services App - Click here to find your TRASH collection day
    CVWMA - Reminders Reminders & Cart Info - Visit CVWMA or call 804-340-0900
    CVWMA - Calendar Recycling Collection Calendar 
    CVWMA - Events CVWMA's Electronics Recycling Wizard
    Electronics to Recycle Flyer - List of Acceptable (and non-acceptable electronics to recycle
    Monthly Electronics Events   Each 1st Saturday of the month at SECURIS
    Fees for Electronics E-Cycle Event - Fees for electronics (by the vender)
    Recycling - Special Event Rental Form - Recycle Bin Event Application - Use and Fees for Special Event Rental 

    For more information, please call 804-646-8325 or send an email to


      Statistics for Curbside Recycling - Tons


      2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021  2022  2023
      January -- 792 1,036.20 1,019 822.92 927.57 891.2 713.5  
      February 490.65 901.56 776.44 805 715.03 741.63 825.5 725.2  
      March 680 940.85 912.60 833.70 731.03 887.11 967.5 856.3  
      April 620 800.36 839.23 884.80 862.13 969.95 854.7 750.6  
      May 550.31 983.06 996.59 952.70 934.56 955.55 821.6 850.0  
      June 639.06 956.61 902.48 920.70 801.78 808.60 997.7 888.3  
      July 583.38 796.34 897.60 957 949.77 949.80 869.3 724.2  
      August 781.82 1,006.79 963.38 940.70 787.68 787.70 943.1 840.9  
      September 886.45 854.72 798.09 829.50 792.23 792.20 936.1 756.6  
      October  846.60 886 921.01 943.80 855.54 855.50 882.9 778.3  
      November 883.19 908.70 901.84 890.90 759.38 759.40 960.4 842.8  
      December 1,014.38 919.82 878.40 931.00 956.27 1099.47 1099.5 867.0  

      City Ordinance, No. 2007-230-275 allows receptacles to be placed on City property or in the public right-of-way no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and requires the receptacles be removed by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection. The city of Richmond will issue warnings for refuse and recycling receptacles left in the public right of way outside of specified collection times. The trash and recycling receptacles used by Richmond residents and businesses will be subject to these warnings. The City's Department of Public Works will place yellow warning stickers on receptacles that must be removed. Leaving receptacles on public sidewalks, alleys, roads and other city property isn't just unsightly, it also creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles. Please help keep these areas attractive and safe by removing your receptacles outside of the specified collection times.

      Recycling Incentives - EnviroPerks

      Because each cart is equipped with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag tracking mechanism, residents will be able to sign up for Recycling Perks. Those who utilize their recycling carts can receive up to $25 month of coupons and discounts at participating merchants.

      The program has three major advantages:

      (1) promotes local merchants

      (2) helps divert waste from landfills, and

      (3) allows you to save money through discounts at participating merchants.

      Get more information and register for the Recycling Perks Program with EnviroPerks by clicking here

      Adopt-A-Spot/Street/Gateway Program

      Spotlight on STARS/Volunteers ...coming soon


      Adopt-A-Spot/Street/Gateway Program

      The Clean City Commission's Program is a great way to give back to the community and show your pride for the city.

      We need your help keeping Richmond clean. 

      Adopt-A-Spot/Street/Gateway Program Details:

      The program is open to:

      • Individuals, organizations, or businesses to "adopt" a street, intersection, lot, park, gateway - almost anywhere

      Your Responsibility:

      • Select an area you or your organization is interested in cleaning and fill out the agreement form and send it to us
      • Commitment: Agree to keep the selected area cleared of litter for at least two years
      • Each time you maintain your adopted area, fill out the Adopt-A-Street activity form and send it back to us.

      We provide materials to help with the cleanups:

      • Grabbers
      • Gloves
      • Bags
      • DPW staff will collect the bags of litter 

      We want to reward  your organization for helping keep Richmond litter free.

      • After completing 10 (ten) documented cleanups, your organization will be eligible to receive a custom Adopt-A-Spot Sign with your organization's name  
        • The sign will be installed in the selected area where you have been working
      • We will also list your name on our website with other stars/volunteers

      For more information, please call 804-646-8325 or email


      Why didn't they take my boxes?

      You need to break down your cardboard boxes so we can put them in the truck.

      Why don't you take plastic bags?

      There currently is no market for such items.  However, many grocery stores do have bins to recycle plastic bags.

      I live in an apartment complex.  What can I do?

      Use the drop-off recycling sites below.  They take everything just as curbside.

      Where are the Drop-Off Recycling Locations?

      • Stratford Hills Shopping Center, 
        6788 Forest Hill Avenue, near Hathaway Road 
        Map It
      • East Richmond Road Landfill
        3800 East Richmond Road 
        Map It
      • Richmond Southside Transfer Station
        3520 North Hopkins Road 
        Map It
      • Parker Field Annex
        1700 Robin Hood Road, gravel lot behind Credit Union 
        Map It


      • No need to separate items. The following items can be mixed all together in your recycling bin : Newspapers, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles, jars
      • There is a label on the lid detailing which recyclables to put in the can. Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, accepted items for recycling will now include plastics #1- #7 bottles and containers, caps and lids (all free of food and residue), and food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes, and egg substitutes. No plastics bags, Styrofoam, food contaminated pizza boxes are accepted.
      • We serve residential customers in single-family homes, duplexes, and fourplexes.  Sorry, we do not service apartment complexes or businesses.

      Local Impacts to changing Global Recycling Markets


      Recycling and Green Events - click here for details


      For more information on recycling, please call 804-646-8325.