May 17, 2010

RECYCLING GUIDE, updated March 2017

CURBSIDE PICKUP every other week (in York and James City counties, Williamsburg & Poquoson): 

All cleaned rigid plastics, such as yogurt containers, produce containers, party cups, plant pots, buckets and plastic toys (no larger than 3'x4') are accepted along with newspapers, magazines, cardboard, junk mail, catalogs, phone books, computer paper; shredded paper inside a stapled paper bag, paper bags; glass bottles; aluminum and steel cans. Call Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority at 259-9850, to find out if weekly curbside pickup is available in your area, or to request a bin. NO Styrofoam please!

Click here for the program's informational brochure of what is and is NOT accepted.

Genesis Computer Repair and Sales in Yorktown will pick up personal and business computers and monitors if  working and less than 6 years old—at no charge. Contact Lisa, Tues.-Fri. at 757-833-6262.

Charlie's Metals (Williamsburg, VA area), 757-746-5977 - "If it's metal, I'll come get it."

Almost everything: Join FREECYCLE at & post your free items.

Plastic Bags (grocery, shopping, newspaper, and dry-cleaning):
Collection bins at Target, Kohl's and most groceries; do NOT put these in curbside recycling containers

Batteries rechargeables only: Staples, Target, Lowe's. See local Household Chemical Collection Day info for all batteries):

Books and Paperbacks: Donate to Friends of the Library; or sell at Book Exchange, 1303 Jamestown Rd.

Cell Phones:
Verizon, Office Depot, Staples, Target; Avalon for Women, 3204 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs:
Home Depot and Lowe's; Household Chemical Collection Days

Computers, TVs (no consoles) and Other Electronics
Two items daily, per household at Best Buy stores. Many items qualify for trade-in gift card. Also at Office Depot; and Special County Household Collection Days

Goodwill stores: Drop off cell phones, PDAs, working TVs, packaged software, electronic games, working TVs (No consoles please), computers and accessories (keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, and other peripherals that attach to the computer), working or non-working)

ARC: 2520 58th St., Hampton; 757-896-8463; M-F; 9 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. $10/small TV; $15 if larger than 27”.

Fats, Oils, Greases (“FOG”):
All three James City County Convenience Centers; click here for hours.

American Legion drop boxes: Ace Hardware in both Williamsburg and Five Forks, Jamestown Feed and Seed in Norge

Fluorescent Bulbs: CLICK here for the collection dates in your area.
Only on County Household Hazardous Waste Days; do NOT put in curbside containers

“Gently used” furniture, clothing, appliances, toys, computers, working TVs, etc.:
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, CHKD Thrift Shops; Goodwill; or Salvation Army, DAV and Samaritan House pick-ups; or Freecycle groups

“Household Chemicals” such as oils, gasoline, paints, stains, sealers, thinners, solvents, transmission & brake fluids’ insecticide, weed killers, fertilizers, pool chemicals, oven & drain cleaners, metal polishes, floor waxes, charcoal fluid, auto & household batteries, and fluorescent/CFL bulbs. CLICK here for the collection dates in your area.

Motor Oil:
All three JCC Convenience Centers

Packaging “peanuts” and bubble wrap:
Williamsburg Parcel Plus, Mailstop, and UPS stores

Printer ink cartridges:
Office Depot (5/day max); Staples (10/month +$ rebate)

Shoes, Athletic Shoes (even if really worn; no cleats)--Nike Factory Store, Premium Outlets

Tires (small charge):
3 James City Convenience Centers.

“White Goods” (AC, dishwasher, refrigerators, washers, dryers):
All 3 JCC Convenience Centers.

Wire hangers:
Most dry cleaners

MAIL BACK and keep out of landfills:

Books (textbooks published since 1995):

Cell phones for Soldiers:

GPS devices, MP3s, cell phones, digital cameras; camcorders, car audio head units, notebook computers, game media and game consoles: Various Online Trade-In Programs. Find if it’s acceptable; print out prepaid shipping label. After product is received, they will send you a gift certificate.
--Best Buy's program at
--Gazelle at
--Next Worth at

Small electronics (cell phones, MP3s, Palm Pilot, PDAs, digital cameras) and inkjet cartridges: Recycle For Breast Cancer provides prepaid shipping labels, envelopes or collection materials based on the condition, quantity, and weight of the items you have.