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Trash & Recycling

American Disposal Services provides trash and recycling services to Foxfield.

1/1/2024 Update: Please note that you must call ADS for large items, and charges will vary.

Trash and Recycling services for both townhomes and single family homes will be performed once a week on Fridays. Yard debris pick up for single family homes will also be serviced on Fridays.

Operations begin as early as 5:00 a.m. on service days.

Plastic bags may no longer be used to contain recycling materials or yard waste. American Disposal has stopped picking up these materials in plastic bags because the recycling centers have stopped accepting plastic bags. Place your recyclables and yard waste inside paper bags, cardboard boxes, or inside a reusable bin.

American Disposal is no longer collecting recyclable glass. You may either take the glass to one of the many purple recycling bins in the local area or discard it with your regular trash.

Residents can schedule bulk by calling our customer care team at 703-368-0500 or online at The charges vary, and depend on the type of item (width, length, weight). For other items such as large appliances, residents will be given a quote on the total cost to take their items. Residents then have the option to schedule bulk with American or dispose of the items on their own.

Acceptable Trash Storage & Handling

  • All trash and recycling containers must be kept in the home or at the rear of the home, not in front of the home, until being set curbside for collection. Trash and recyclables may be put out curbside beginning at 7 p.m. on the day prior to collection or in the morning of the day of collection.  Once trash and recyclables are collected, trash cans and bins are required to be moved from the curb to the rear of the home or inside the residence for storage.
  • Trash may be placed curbside in either trash containers with lids or in secured trash bags to avoid loose debris.
  • Trash which is secured in a trash container with a lid may be put out at 7pm prior to the day of pick up.
  • All bagged trash must be put out the morning of pick up only, in order to avoid attracting animals or pests. 

General Guidelines

  • TRASH PICKUP: Household waste only.
  • RECYCLING PICKUP: Acceptable items include newspapers, paper, clean cardboard (no greasy pizza boxes), glass containers, aluminum and steel cans, and clean plastic identified with numbers 1 through 7. American Disposal Services performs single-stream recycling, so item types are not required to be separated. Plastic containers used for insecticides, herbicides, petroleum products, or automotive fluids are not acceptable. For exact details on what can and cannot be recycled, see the American Disposal Services web page on recycling.
  • UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: American Disposal Services will not collect the following: rocks, concrete, dirt, soil, sod, tree stumps, unhardened paint, tires, motor oil, other machine oils and fluids, commercial construction and renovation waste, pallets, bricks, landscape timbers, combustibles, toxic waste, poisons, acids, caustic materials, radioactive materials, flammable materials, explosives, ammunition, dead animals, manure, asbestos, lead-acid batteries, bio-hazardous materials, hypodermic needles, and other medical waste. For information on how to dispose of household hazardous waste, visit this Fairfax County web site.
  • BATTERIES: Some types of batteries can be discarded in regular household trash; other types are hazardous if the chemicals leach from the battery into the ground or drinking water. Generally, carbon-zinc and alkaline “flashlight” batteries are safe to discard in your regular trash. Car batteries should be recycled. Rechargeable batteries including nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), lithium-ion (Li-ion), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), and small sealed lead acid (SSLA or Pb) types should be taken to Fairfax County’s Hazardous Waste Disposal site.
  • WHITE GOODS: These include bulk items such as washers and dryers. Please call American Disposal Services at 703-368-0500 to arrange a pickup. Note that American Disposal Services will not pickup any appliances or other waste items containing Freon gas; for example, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. If handled improperly, the Freon can escape into the atmosphere and damage the earth’s ozone layer. If you are buying a new appliance, ask the retailer if they’ll pickup the old appliance. Dominion Virginia Power also has a program to pick up old refrigerators and freezers; at the time of this writing, they will even pay you a $50 rebate. (Conditions apply.)
  • YARD WASTE: Grass clippings and leaves should be bagged in brown paper bags (preferred) or placed in a reusable bin. Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be accepted. Brush and limbs must be bundled and tied — truck workers will not gather up your individual branches. Limbs may not exceed 4 feet (1.2 m) in length. Individual limbs may not exceed 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and bundles of limbs may not exceed a diameter of 2 feet (60 cm).
  • CHRISTMAS TREES: Trees are collected during the first two weeks in January. Specific schedules will be announced in December. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from the tree. Do not place the tree into a bag.