Solid Waste, Recycling, and Litter Programs

Spotsylvania Recycles

Spotsylvania Recycles  goal is to encourage sustainable solid waste management through responsible disposal habits. Recyclables are collected at area convenience centers at no additional cost to residents. Last year, Spotsylvania County achieved an overall recycling rate of 37%; while this number beats the State mandated 25%; the program continues to strive for better recycling percentages.  Staff continually evaluates management options to find the most economical way to maximize Spotsylvania County's overall recycling percentage while trying to make recycling easier for the customer.

Where Can I Recycle?

Spotsylvania Recycles  offers recycling options at the County's 13 convenience centers.  However, not all items are accepted at all convenience centers; to see the recycling options nearest to you, see Center Locations.  Staff is working to make all recycling options available at all Convenience Centers in the near future.  We are always looking for ideas and comments from the public on how to improve recycle programs, so email us at Recycle Ideas .

What Can I Recycle?

Spotsylvania Recycles  bases collection off of a  Single Stream Program. This program allows residents the ease and convenience of placing all acceptable materials into a single hopper. This enhanced recycling program decreases the amount of trash generated and increases the diversion/recycling rate, saving valuable Landfill space. Single Stream Recycling allows you to mix all your recycling into one container.  Staff has evaluated other options and has found that this method is the most economical to the taxpayer in meeting state mandated recycling goals.  Staff will continue to explore new options to continue to seek the most economical form of recycling for its customers. No Plastic Bags or Styrofoam.

Items accepted include:

Aluminum & Steel Cans Cans, Clean Pie Plates, Clean foil (balled). 
Antifreeze A "blue" tank is provided for antifreeze recycling. Containers are for Antifreeze ONLY!
(Only at Berkeley and Chancellor Solid Waste Centers and the Livingston Landfill)

Refrigerators (food and doors removed), washers, dryers, freezers, stoves, A/C units. Metal Items (Must be 50% or more metal)
Cardboard Cardboard and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes, cracker boxes, etc). Boxes should be flattened. This helps us collect material and helps you store as a flattened box takes up less space. 
Glass Clear, green/brown mix. No light bulbs, drinking glasses, window panes. 
Used Oil A tank is provided for the collection of used oils (motor, hydraulic, gear). No cooking oils or contaminated oils.
Plastics #1 - #7 plastics
Mixed Paper
Newspaper, catalogs, magazines, phone books, shredded paper, paperback books, loose paper, junk mail.
Yard Waste/Brush
(Only at Berkeley and Chancellor Solid Waste Centers and the Livingston Landfill)

Brush/wood up to 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet long. Leaves and yard clippings.


Spotsylvania Recycles  offers automotive battery recycling at the Chancellor Solid Waste Center and the Livingston Landfill.  Batteries accepted include 6 volt, 12 volt, 24 volt batteries automotive, marine, lawn equipment, tractors, and heavy equipment.  Computer UPS battery backups and any lead acid core batteries are also accepted.  Not sure if your type battery is accepted see a gate attendant.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs or CFLs

Spotsylvania Recycles offers Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb recycling at all Solid Waste Centers.
Fluorescent tubes smaller than 6' in length will be accepted for recycling at the Chancellor Solid Waste Center ONLY.  Just see your gate attendant for assistance.

Propane Tanks 

Spotsylvania Recycles offers propane tank recycling for residents at the Chancellor Solid Waste Center and the Livingston Landfill.  Tanks should be 20 lbs (used on gas grills) or smaller.  If you have a larger tank, please call (540) 507-7725 to discuss your recycle options.


Spotsylvania County can accept the following items year round at the Chancellor Solid Waste Center through cooperation with Rappahannock Goodwill Industries.

Items Accepted Include:

  • E-Cycling: Working Computers, Peripherals, TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, Monitors, CPUs, Printers, Cables & Wires, UPS, Scanners, Digital Cameras, Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, Game Consoles and Controllers.
  • Gently Used Clothes
  • Children's Toys (No Stuffed Animals)
  • Household Items (NO Furniture or mattresses allowed)

Household Hazardous Waste

Each year Spotsylvania County sponsors Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events at the Chancellor Solid Waste Center located at 5917 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407.  See Household Hazardous Waste for more information on items accepted and the next scheduled event.

Donating a Vehicle

Wheels-For-Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish will tow away, auction off, and recycle old cars free of charge. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic:

Annual Recycling Audit

As part of Spotsylvania's efforts to reach mandated recycling goals, the County issues an annual business recycling audit. This audit asks businesses to report their recycling efforts for the calendar year.  This reporting is vital for developing the County's overall recycling rate as reported annually.  For more information about this audit, see Annual Recycling Audit. 

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Contact Information

Business Office Hours of Operation: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm
Customer Service: (540) 507-7300, option 1
Emergency After-Hours: (540) 507-7340 or (540) 507-7350 
Main Office:  (540) 507-7300
Fax: (540) 898-3674
General E-Mail:
Account or billing questions:

Utility Account Payment Addresses:
All payments should be made to the Treasurer, Spotsylvania County.
Make a payment in person:
Treasurer's Office (First Floor)
Richard E. Holbert Bldg.
9104 Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA  22553
Make a payment by U.S.P.S. mail:
Spotsylvania County Treasurer
PO Box 9000
Spotsylvania, VA  22553

Utilities/Public Works Administration Office:
600 Hudgins Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Department Head:
 Benjamin L. Loveday, P.E., Director

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