McIntire Recycling Center

Aluminum Beverage Cans

Recycling Aluminum Beverage Cans at McIntire

Regular Hours of Operation

SUMMER (March to November)
Mon 8:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm

WINTER (November to March)
Mon 8:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm

Phone number: (434) 977-2976

Address: 611 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

McIntire is closed on Tuesdays. We are also closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Please do not drop off material when we’re closed.

Directions to McIntire

Need help finding the McIntire Recycling Center in Charlottesville?  Click our Directions page.

Recyclables Accepted

Get the details of what we take and what we don’t here at the Recyclables Accepted page.

Household Food Waste Compost Drop Off

Get the details of this composting initiative at our Composting at McIntire page

The Book Exchange Bin

McIntire’s Book Exchange Bin is located at the north end of the McIntire Road Recycling Center.

Please bring gently used books to the Book Exchange Bin that are in good to great condition. We cannot accept water damaged or moldy books. If you have water damaged books, they can be recycled at the McIntire Road Recycling Center. Just place them in the newspaper bin.

Space is limited at the Book Exchange Bin, so please limit the number of text books and encyclopedias accordingly. To help the exchange run smoothly, efficiently, and safely for everyone, we ask that the following rules be followed.  1-Please limit the amount of books you take home to less than ten books per visit. 2- Please limit your stay to 30 minutes, one time, per day. 3- Please be respectful of all McIntire patrons and staff. 4-Only RSWA Staff are permitted to assist with loading and unloading. 5- No Loitering. Thank you for your help in making the book exchange a great experience for all!

Book Bin at McIntire
Book Bin at McIntire

New Method of Accepting Plastics

We have streamlined plastics recycling into just TWO BINS: rigid plastics and flexible plastics. What exactly are these types of plastics. Click on our informational brochure below:

Plastics-Recycling-Brochure

Brief History

The McIntire Recycling Center has deep roots in Charlottesville. It began in the early 1970s with a glass recycling center at Barracks Road Shopping Center. Soon thereafter, recycling began in earnest with the formation of the Charlottesville Ecology Club. A glass recycling center was opened in February of 1973 at the corner of Ridge and South Streets. Fifteen to twenty 50-gallon drums of glass were collected the first day. As volume continued to increase, the Club relocated to the fire station on Rt. 250, then, in 1979, the recycling center moved to its present day site at McIntire Road. Over 691,000 pounds were received that first year. In 1991, RSWA took over the operation of McIntire Recycling Center. The Center receives visits from over 1,000 cars each week; facility-wide we recycled 3,514 tons in FY 2016.

More Questions…

Check out our Recycling FAQs

Check out our McIntire Recycling Center Brochure

 

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Fall HHW Dates Announced

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog, Press Releases, Recycling, Stewardship, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Fall HHW Dates Announced

Fall HHW Dates Announced

##Press Release## Fall 2017 Special Waste Collection Dates Announced For Immediate Release Charlottesville, VA—July 12, 2017. Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host its Fall special collections dates for household hazardous waste, commercial hazardous waste, and bulky waste amnesty days for Charlottesville, Scottsville, and Albemarle County residents starting on September 28th and concluding on October 21st. This event is brought to the community by support from the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle in partnership with...

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McIntire Center Extends Hours starting July 15th

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McIntire Center Extends Hours starting July 15th

  **Media Alert** McIntire Recycling Center Hours of Operation Extended Charlottesville, VA—July 7, 2017 Starting July 15th, McIntire Recycling Center will extend its hours of operation to better serve the community’s recycling needs. The hours will increase from 40 to 60 hours per week during Daylight Savings Time (early March – early November) and increase from 40-54 hours per week during Eastern Standard Time during the winter months. Working together, the County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville City Council recommended...

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Bring Household Hazardous Waste Tomorrow and Saturday!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Household Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Bring Household Hazardous Waste Tomorrow and Saturday!

Bring Household Hazardous Waste Tomorrow and Saturday!

Household Hazardous Waste starts tomorrow morning at our Ivy Material Utilization Center (MUC or some call it the “old Ivy landfill”) Friday, April 28th at 9am and runs until 2pm and Saturday, April 29th from 9am-2pm.  Bring your pesticides, kerosene, solvents, paint-related products (for a full list check here) for safe disposal.  We partner with CARE Environmental to help rid homes of hazardous waste!  Thanks to Charlottesville police department for helping us get the word out and for the pre-event coverage by NBC29.  The...

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Spring Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Dates Announced!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog, Household Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Spring Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Dates Announced!

Spring Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Dates Announced!

##Press Release## Spring 2017 Special Waste Collection Dates Announced For Immediate Release Charlottesville, VA—January 12, 2017. Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host its spring special collections dates for household hazardous waste, commercial hazardous waste, and bulky waste amnesty days for Charlottesville, Scottsville, and Albemarle County residents and businesses beginning April 27th at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC). This event is brought to the community with support from the City of Charlottesville and the County of...

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Full Swing!

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Full Swing!

The following information was provided to us by Matthew Smith, Superintendent of Parks at Albemarle County.  Thanks, Matt! 2016-2017 County Parks Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a program that recycles discarded Christmas Trees that are chipped into mulch and offered to the public for free. The County will operate seven sites. The sites will be open from December 26, 2016 to January 16, 2017. The hours will be 7:00 AM until dark daily. The sites are: Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road (Note: Sunday hours are...

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McIntire Compost Collection Will Continue

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Blog, Compost, Recycling | Comments Off on McIntire Compost Collection Will Continue

McIntire Compost Collection Will Continue

“Thank you! Wonderful. Keep It Going.” — area resident We’ve received nothing but positive comments like that one from area residents about our food waste collection at McIntire Recycling Center and so we are glad to report that our Board of Directors approved an extension of the program through the end of June 2017 (end of our fiscal year)!  From January through October we have received a total of 14.4 tons food waste at McIntire, averaging about 1.4 tons per month, coming from nearly 400 cart pick-ups.  As a part of...

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Encore Shop is a Treasure Trove of Used Goods

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Blog, Recycling | Comments Off on Encore Shop is a Treasure Trove of Used Goods

Encore Shop is a Treasure Trove of Used Goods

Die-hard recyclers and second-hand aficionados are regulars at our Ivy MUC Encore Shop– a treasure trove of goods. But for those of you who may not be familiar, we thought we should highlight this program and some of the interesting items we’ve seen come and go over the years! From candle-holders to couches, from bikes to boats, from patio furniture to paintings and everything in between, the Encore Shop has a revolving inventory of used goods located at our Ivy MUC (formerly Ivy landfill) location for sale at reasonable prices. For the...

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McIntire’s Composting Pilot Continues

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McIntire’s Composting Pilot Continues

Good news for area composters. Composting will not ending this Sunday, but will continue for the remainder of the calendar year. The RSWA board voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend the composting pilot program through the end of 2016. The topic will come to the RSWA board again in August where data will be shared and a larger discussion about the future of the program will ensue. Between January 6th and April 1st the pilot program collected a total of 2.92 tons of food waste averaging about a ton of food waste per month....

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Spring HHW and Amnesty Bulky Waste Days Are Here!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog, Household Hazardous Waste, Recycling | Comments Off on Spring HHW and Amnesty Bulky Waste Days Are Here!

Spring HHW and Amnesty Bulky Waste Days Are Here!

  Springtime is here, which means many of us are cleaning our nests garages of those harmful products like pesticides, paint, and other chemicals that are not safe for our trash cans.  So twice a year, Rivanna Solid Waste Authority hosts Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Days, along with Amnesty Days for large items like mattresses and appliances.  We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to keep our environment safe and clean. Household Hazardous Waste Days Friday, April 1, 2016:   2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, April 2,...

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First week of composting declared a success!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog, Community Project, Featured, Recycling | Comments Off on First week of composting declared a success!

First week of composting declared a success!

Charlottesville and Albemarle residents are all abuzz over the expanded composting services in the community. In the first week of the new program, Rivanna’s McIntire Recycling Center collected 150 lbs of food waste and household compostables in five days!  NOPE, our pick-up hauler, also reported that only one item was found in the bins that was not allowable and that was a plastic bag.  We urge everyone to remember to use compostable bags.  The 3-gallon compostable bags (“Biobag” is the brand name) can be found at the...

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