Gloucester county residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle and every little bit that is recycled helps! In 2012, 25.6% of the county's waste was diverted from the landfill through recycling efforts. State-wide, Virginian's recycled more than 3.9 million tons of material in 2012. The statewide recycling rate was 41.5%. Please join in these efforts by recycling at your home and/or business.
Items for recycling must be taken to and are accepted at each of the Convenience Centers in Gloucester County. Please rinse all plastic containers with the # 1 and #2 symbol. Paper and cardboard should be dry and free of grease and debris.
What Can Be Recycled in Gloucester County
A variety of paper and cardboard products are recyclable, including:
- Cardboard box packaging (i.e., cereal boxes)
- Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
- Junk mail
- Newspaper and magazines
- Office paper and envelopes
- Paper bags
- Phone books
Plastics with #1 and #2 in the recycle symbol are recyclable in the county, including:
- Plastic bottles #1 & # 2
Plastic lids and caps can be recycled.
A variety of metal items are accepted for recycling including:
- Aluminum cans
- Empty aerosol cans that have no slosh or hiss
- Metal cans
Aluminum beverage cans may be deposited at one of the Giving Garden Foundation's Can Cottages located at the Abingdon Ruritan Club on Guinea Road, Main Street Shopping Center on Main Street in Gloucester, or Mathews High School Buckley Hall Road in Mathews.
Other Items Recyclable Throughout Gloucester County
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Gloucester Home Depot and Lowes stores accept non-working, unbroken CFL bulbs for responsible disposal. Ask a store associate for assistance. (Please note that older fluorescent tube light bulbs are considered household hazardous waste and can be dropped off twice per year at the Household Hazardous Waste collection dates or the they can be recycled by going to LampTracker website and requesting a box to return the bulbs in. There is a shipping fee.)
Metal Clothes Hanger
Metal clothes hangers can be recycled by taking them back to the two Village Cleaners locations:
- 6870 George Washington Memorial Highway
Gloucester, VA 23061
- 6626 Gloucester Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
Do not put them in the convenience center recycle bin.
CDs / DVDs
CDs and DVDs can be recycled by taking them to Best Buy.
- Best Buy retail stores accept most electronics (to include tube televisions) for recycling for a fee, nothing over 50 inches. Contact a Best Buy store for details.
- Franktronics accepts computers for recycling, computer peripherals and other electronic devices. Items can be dropped off during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. -to1 p.m. on Saturday at the store location: 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway. Call 804-642-5233 for more information.
- Verizon Wireless offers recycling and re-purposing for certain electronic devices.
- Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization located in Tappahannock. Their mission is to place educationally-useful equipment into Virginia's schools and non-profit organizations free of charge, while promoting electronics recycling throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. They accept computer related equipment and many other electronic devices. Contact Computer Recycling of Virginia at 804-445-9672.
Before recycling your old computer, read about safeguarding your personal information.
Auto and marine batteries can be returned to the store when you purchase a new battery and are accepted at most auto part stores in Gloucester. Rechargeable tool batteries can be recycled at the Gloucester Home Depot and Lowes. Regular household alkaline batteries can be put in the trash. Lithium, rechargeable and button batteries can be taken to Household Harmful Waste Days in October and April.
Plastic Grocery Bags
Many local grocery stores in Gloucester (including Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Walmart, and Lowes) have containers to collect and recycle plastic grocery bags. There are also collection boxes at both library locations, the hallway at the Treasurer's Office and at the Clean Community Office in Building One.
Larger Scrap Metal (Including Junk Automobiles)
Several companies offer scrap metal recycling and/or accept junk cars or trucks. Dickey's Auto Recyclers (Phone: 804-693-5860) accepts junk automobiles. Middlesex Metals, Inc. (Urbanna, VA) (Phone: 804-758-2916) and Sims Metal Management (Yorktown, VA) (Phone: 757-599-4940) both accept junk cars and trucks (residents must bring the vehicle to them along with the title and any additional Department of Motor Vehicle paperwork). They also accept ferrous and non-ferrous metals including copper, brass, aluminum and other metals.
They accept items and appliances from homes made of steel, copper, and tin including:
- Discarded Piping
- Electrical Wire
- Metal Bikes
- Metal Play Sets and Swings
- Old Air Conditioners
- Satellite Dishes
Contact each for more information and rates are subject to change.
Vehicles & Boats
Several charities offer automobile, boat, RV, and truck recycling (depending on the condition) to re-purpose or repair and donate to those in need. A few examples include Boat Angel, Goodwill, and Salvation Army. Contact each for more information.
What Cannot Be Recycled at Gloucester County Convenience Centers
- Aluminum foil food trays
- Ceramic bowls, dishes and items
- Foam food containers
- Glass cookware (i.e., Pyrex)
- Grease-stained containers (i.e. pizza boxes)
- Hardbound books
- Light bulbs
- Metal clothes hangers
- Microwave trays from frozen foods
- Plastic grocery bags
- Pots and pans
- Small propane canisters and propane tanks for grills
- Styrofoam cups
- Styrofoam packaging
- Used paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Clean Community office at 804-693-5370.