Trash and Recycling Advisories - COVID-19

The City of Manassas is working closely with our contractors to monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of the public and of the staff working to perform collection and disposal services for our residents.

Information regarding collections will be posted here and on: Nextdoor, Facebook, and Government Channel 23 (Comcast) and Channel 38 (Verizon).

Please Take it Easy with Your Trash and Recycling

Excess Trash CurbThe City is now facing an unusually high increase in the amount of trash and recycling generated, leading to greater safety risks to collection workers and overburdening waste and recycling systems. With stay-at-home orders in place, residential trash tonnage has increased by 40% as residents began staying at home to help combat COVID-19.

The City of Manassas strongly urges residents to reduce the amount of waste being set out at the curb:

  • Do not set extra bags, bulk waste or other items outside the cart.
  • Make sure trash in bags is closed. 
  • Please double bag and tie bags with used wipes, tissues, and paper towels.
  • Keep your spring-cleaning pile in the basement, attic or garage for now.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes to create more room in the recycling cart
  • Grass cycle lawn clippings
  • Do not put plastic bags in recycling, make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry. 
  • Never dispose of disposable wipes, paper towels, rags and similar items in the toilet—this risks the sewer system to the point of system failure and potential backups.

 It’s About People - People

In the City of Manassas, Trash and Recycling crews make over 800,000 collections every year – and service over 10,000 homes on a daily basis.

Trash crews are critical to civic life and they work daily on American Disposal Driverthe front lines to manage and handle recycling and trash. 

Every morning, collection crews are reporting to work while facing the same life challenges as residents. To help ensure crew health and safety as well as daily completion of routes, we are asking residents to please follow these guidelines so we can ensure the viability of our collection program.

Curbside trash and recycling collection are vital to community health and safety. During this difficult time, the City remains committed to doing what we can to continue to provide this essential service.

We are all in this together.

Keep it Clean, Dry and Loose

recyclable materialAccording to new information provided by the National Institutes of Health and the New England Journal of Medicine, Coronavirus COVID-19 remains stable for several hours to days on many surfaces:

  • Plastic (up to 3 days)
  • Stainless Steel (up to 3 days)
  • Cardboard (up to 24 hours)
  • Copper (up to 8 hours)

By following simple steps to reduce contamination, you can stay safe and keep recycling going in our community. Please take extra care to make sure that all recyclable materials are empty, clean, and dry when setting them out for collection.

Stay safe and well – and recycle like you want to make a difference.

Time to Trim Your Yard Waste Habit

The City of Manassas wants to keep curbside yard waste collection going for as long as possible during this challenging time and we need your help.

Please make sure that you follow thyard waste in bagse guidelines for setting out your yard waste:

  • Use a paper yard waste bag or container – DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS
  • Don’t overload – keep the weight of your bags/container under 50lbs
  • Bundle and tie your brush and branches – shorter than 4’ and no thicker than 3”
  • Limit your yard waste to 5 bags or 3 containers

Learn more about how you can improve your lawn with your grass clippings by visiting our yard waste page.