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Recycling Program in Chesapeake
CURBSIDE RECYCLING UPDATE
The City of Chesapeake has cancelled its curbside recycling contract, effective on July 1, 2022. No changes will occur to recycling until July. Residents are encouraged to continue recycling all appropriate items.
The City is exploring a number of options that will enable residents to continue to recycle past July 1, either at the curbside or in another manner. Our goal is to encourage recycling while reducing costs and improving the quality of the materials collected. Information on future recycling options will be coming early in the new year. We’ll post updates on the City’s website or you can text “ChesUpdates” to 888-777 to receive texts when updates are available.
When is my recycling day?
Use our interactive map to find your recycling week.
What is recyclable?
We've got it all spelled out for you here.
Battery Disposal Alert
All battery types are prohibited in residential, commercial and industrial recycling streams being processed at TFC Recycling facilities. Do not place batteries of any type in your blue curbside recycling bin, brown curbside standard waste bin, or in any municipal or common area recycling or waste receptacles! Batteries placed into recycling streams have resulted in fires and serious damage to recycling facilities and hardware, and could present serious danger to recycling center staff. Chesapeake residents can safely dispose of batteries at a SPSA Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility or during an event where SPSA receives waste items, such as Chesapeake Recycles Day.
Where to place bin on collection day:
Please place your bins with the lids opening toward the street with a minimum of 3 feet between each container and other objects.
How to order a recycling bin:
Need your first recycling bin? Call 382-CITY (2489)
Need a second big blue bin? Get one at a discounted price of $42 (includes tax). Purchase by cash, check or charge at any City Treasurer's office in Chesapeake. Download, complete and submit this form along with your payment.
Live in an area with no recycling?
If you live in an apartment or condominium complex that does not offer recycling, you can bring your recyclables to the TFC Recycling drop-off site at 1958 Diamond Hill Road. There is a spot on the right-hand side of the road, before the gate, where the public is welcome to drop their recyclables. Then contact your complex's management office and ask them to offer recycling!
Electronics, plastic bags, and batteries
Items that cannot go into the blue bin may be recyclable elsewhere. The Public Works Department and the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department offer quarterly Chesapeake Recycles Day events to help you properly dispose of electronics, plastic bags, sensitive documents that need shredding and household hazardous waste. Visit our Chesapeake Recycles Day webpage for more information. There are also year-round options for you:
- Plastic Bags: A local grocery store
- Electronics: A thrift store or electronics store
- Hazardous Waste: SPSA (see below)
You can also use Earth911.com to search for local businesses that recycle a variety of different items. Just put in the item you want to recycle and your zip code and see what pops up!
Hazardous waste materials cannot go in the recycling bin or in the regular garbage can. They must be disposed of properly at one of the SPSA transfer stations or at one of our quarterly Chesapeake Recycles Day events. To learn more about what constitutes hazardous waste and how to dispose of it, visit the SPSA website.
Learn more from askHRgreen!
As a region-wide public service initiative, askHRgreen.org educates, engages and motivates citizens to make good environmental choices here in Hampton Roads. Check out these informative educational materials and resources about recycling in our community:
- Recycling Lookup Tool, Chesapeake: https://askhrgreen.org/gtk-gtd/recycling-lookup/chesapeake/
- Journey of Recycling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqaWu4DdiEg
- How to Avoid Contamination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L80LnU6_zs
- How to Recycle Right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfxuYfXEDzA
- Recycling Thin Plastics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzclokR-i1A