Summary of Trash Rules

Waterford contracts with American Disposal Services (ADS) for trash and recycling services. The information below summarizes what you need to know about both our Association’s and American’s rules. See Waterford Homeowners Association Policy Resolution 2011-1 for full requirements. It is available on the website.

Holidays and inclement weather policy: There is no trash service on Christmas, New Years Day or on any day that disposal sites are closed. Trash service will resume on the next regular pickup day. In the event of inclement weather, please check ADS’ website  for service change announcements.

All trash containers (recycling or normal trash) must be marked with the house number, stored in the rear yard and removed from the curb before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday or Saturday or risk being confiscated without reimbursement. Recycling toters issued by American Disposal Services have serial numbers which have been cross-referenced to the address they were assigned to at delivery. Residents are responsible for the cost of replacements toters at $75 (unless the toter is stolen).

Normal Trash: Pickup days are Tuesdays and Fridays after 5:00 a.m. Use only black, heavy-duty, plastic tied garbage bags or trash cans with tight lids. White kitchen trash bags are prohibited as birds and squirrels rip them open and scatter the contents. Trash may not be put out before 6:00 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Empty containers must be removed from common area property by 10:00am the day after trash/recycling pick-up. You may put the trash in front of your house. There are no specially designated collection sites.

Recycling: Fridays after 5:00a.m. Recycling may not be put out before 6:00p.m. Thursday. Permissible containers:  64-gallon wheeled container provided by American Disposal Services (contact POA Management to request one), your own lidded toter or large clear or blue recycling bags. Cardboard boxes must be folded flat and placed in toters or recycling bags. Open bins and boxes are not allowed, as the contents are easily blown from them and litter the neighborhood. The following can be recycled: mixed paper and cardboard, plastic types 1 – 7, including wide mouth plastic containers and, rigid plastics, glass bottles and jugs, metal cans and empty aerosol cans. Recyclables can be co-mingled but must be separated from other trash.

Yard Debris: Put out for pickup in large paper bags, lidded trash can marked "Yard Debris" or in tied bundles less than 3 feet x 6 inches, and less than 50 pounds. Maximum of 10 bundles/bags. Yard debris pickup Tuesday and Friday after 5:00 a.m. Yard debris may be put out after 6:00 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Christmas trees: Picked up during the first two weeks in January. Do not put them in plastic bags.

Items Requiring Special Pickup Arrangements: Mattresses, furniture and other large non-metallic items will be picked up free of charge on Fridays, but you must call American Disposal (703-368-0500) in advance to arrange for it. Items must be curbside by 7:00am.

Metal material, appliances and furniture larger than 2 cubic yards (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 6 ft.): Residents must pay for this service and make an appointment for pickup by calling American Disposal at 703-368-0500.

Prohibited materials: paints (all types), stains, construction and remodeling materials, dead animals, oil, car batteries, tires, manure, tree stumps, mulch, sod, dirt, stone, rocks, cement, bricks, poisons, dangerous acids, caustics, explosives, or other dangerous materials, items too large or heavy to be loaded into collection vehicles safely or any other material excluded by landfills or recycling centers.

Rules Violations: refer to the wording in Policy Resolution 2011-1 for details on what constitutes a rules violation. 

Local dropoff points for recyclables and/or trash:


City of Fairfax 3410 Pickett Road (about 1 mile from Waterford) Fairfax, VA 22031 Open: Daylight Hours.

Materials accepted: newspaper; plastic bottles and jugs; glass jars and bottles; mixed paper (cardboard, junk mail, magazines, envelopes, catalogs, office paper); metal cans (food and beverage); and used automotive batteries. Used motor oil and oil filters are accepted Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

I-66 Recycling and Disposal Center 4618 West Ox Road (about 6.5 miles from Waterford) Fairfax, VA 22030 Open: Monday - Saturday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Materials accepted: newspaper; plastic bottles and jugs; glass jars and bottles; mixed paper (cardboard, junk mail, magazines, envelopes, catalogs, office paper); metal cans (food and beverage); small and large appliances; used motor oil; used automotive batteries; leaves, grass; and hazardous materials such as paint, cleaners, solvents, etc.