Recycling Center

Recycling Services

The City of Colonial Heights operates a Recycling Center. Valid proof of city residency is required to dispose of materials at the Recycling Center. Curbside recycling is offered to all City residents. Small businesses and apartment complexes that do not have curbside services can bring their recyclables to the center.

Acceptable Materials at the Recycling Center

Category 1 Household Hazardous Waste

Latex Paints Polyurethane Turpentine Cooking Oil
Oil-based Paints Primers Other Flammable Solvents Motor Oil
Varnish/Shellac Paint Reducers Oil Additives Oil Filters
Stains & Tints Varsol Leaded & Unleaded Gasoline Anti-Freeze
Lacquer Thinners Mineral Spirits Gasoline additives


Other Materials

  • Batteries
  • Brush, tree limbs, leaves and grass
  • Appliances
  • Air conditioners
  • Metals
  • Cardboard
NOTE: Chlorofluorocarbon (commonly found in Freon) must be safely removed from all appliances before disposal at the Recycling Center. There is a $10.00 fee for this service, payable to the City of Colonial Heights in advance in the Billing and Collections Office, 201 James Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA. Proof of payment (receipt) must be shown to the Recycling Center Attendant before disposal.

Recycling Center Restrictions

Disposal of liquid quantities of recycled materials per day is limited to the following:
  • Paints, 2 gallons per day.
  • Motor Oil, 4 gallons per day.
  • Antifreeze, 4 gallons per day.
  • Other Category 1 Household Hazardous Waste, 1 gallon per day.
Disposal of organic waste consisting of stumps, trees and tree limbs is limited to materials having diameters less than six inches.

Disposal of insecticides, poisons, acids and other caustic compounds, appliances containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's) or other toxic materials is prohibited. For disposal options, please call the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority at 800-732-3493 or Safety-Kleen at 804-748-3767.

Disposal of electronic devices including, but not limited to televisions, cell phones, computers or monitors at the Recycling Center is prohibited.