Carlyn Square's
refuse is normally collected on Wednesday mornings, except on Thursdays after holidays. Use both the Fairfax County gray rolling trash bins and blue recycling carts for the appropriate refuse (see below). The carts may not weigh more than 100 pounds loaded.

Don't place trash outside earlier than 6 p.m. the day before pickup. To keep our neighborhood sightly, retrieve your trash bins on the evening of collection day and remove strewn bits of refuse that escaped pickup. Store the containers out of public sight in the rear of your home.

For full details on what is acceptable trash, what is recyclable, and what requires special handling, visit the Fairfax County Recycling & Trash website. You may also download the County's pickup guidelines. Here's a summary:


Fairfax Country encourages recycling of certain types of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal. Place them in the blue rolling carts.

  • Mixed Paper & Cardboard:   Recycle any clean paper that tears. Cardboard should be no larger than 3x4 feet. Do not include cardboard with food residue or wax-coated paper. Milk and juice cartons are now acceptable, but not styrofoam, food takeout containers, clamshjell containers, or pizza boxes.
  • Plastic, Cans, & Foil:   After rinsing, include plastic bottles, milk jugs, pails, buckets, tubs, lids, and caps; metal food and beverage cans; foil baking trays and wrap; and empty aerosol cans. Do not include glass, dishes, pottery, mirrors, light bulbs, pots and pans, or scrap metal.

Unacceptable Trash

The weekly collection will not take glass, plastic grocery bags, car batteries, commercial waste, cans with paint, construction debris, large amounts of animal waste, dead animals, explosives, live ammunition, weapons, hazardous household waste, gas powered lawn equipment with fuel in it, propane-oxygen-helium tanks, or tires on rims. Fairfax County's recycling website explains how to dispose of these.

Yard Debris

Fairfax County collects grass clippings, leaves, plants, weeds, mulch, bark, straw, and similar material less than 6 feet long and under 6 feet in diameter weekly between April 1st and December 24th. They must be set out in transparent plastic bags, brown paper yard debris bags, or reusable plastic containers with lids removed. Bags and containers may not weigh more than 50 pounds each. Do not include poison ivy, dirt, rocks, sand, concrete, brick, asphalt, or insect nests.

Special Pickup of Oversized Brush & Bulk Trash

Fairfax County offers special collections for large brush (tree branches, logs, etc.) and bulky oversized material such as furniture, appliances, fencing, and metal. Call (703) 802-3322 for special pickup or fill out this online form.