Refuse and Recycling

Posted on: December 1, 2017

Trash and Recycling Tips for Winter Weather


Please be advised that heavy snowfall may disrupt the regular trash and recycling collection service for the City. We always let you know when that happens - so keep an eye on our website and our Facebook pages. You can also see the latest on our TV channel: Comcast (Channel 23) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 38).

Here are five tips to help make things easier:

  • Always make sure that you set your trash and recycling out in hard sided containers with tight fitting lids. There is nothing worse than loose trash in high winds. If you have a smaller recycling bin, make sure that you cover your recycling with a board or weight it down so that papers and lighter objects don’t blow out and down the street.
  • Do not set out loose trash bags.  Loose trash bags can rip and blow into the street making it unsafe for drivers and pedestrians. Always use your trash and recycling containers.
  • Double bag your trash. Cold weather and ice can weaken plastic and make it brittle. Double bagging can prevent bags from sticking to the bottom of the trash cart and from ripping as the trash crew moves the trash to the truck.
  • Check with your collection service. Snow, ice and high winds can delay or suspend service. Remember that the trash crew must navigate through many private residential areas and roads may be untreated and unsafe for crews to collect trash and recycling. Call the City or check the City website for trash information.
  • When in doubt – don’t set it out.  If it’s snowing heavily, if there are high winds, if it’s so icy that you stand the chance of slipping or falling as you set out your trash and recycling – then don’t do it. You can always call and check first.

If you need more information on trash and recycling in the City of Manassas, visit our website at or call the Trashline on 703-257-8252.

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