McIntire Recycling Center

Aluminum Beverage Cans

Recycling Aluminum Beverage Cans at McIntire

Hours of Operation

Wednesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Sunday – 12:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
No vehicles allowed entry after 5:20 p.m.

Phone number: (434) 977-2976

McIntire is closed Mondays and 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?  Click our Directions page.

Recyclables Accepted

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

**NEW** 3-Month Household Food Waste Compost Drop-Off

Get the details of this 3-month 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:


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 3,825 tons in 2014.

More Questions…

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McIntire’s Composting Pilot Continues

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Recycling | Comments Off on 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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Composting at McIntire Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Recycling, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Composting at McIntire Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Composting at McIntire Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Press Release Charlottesville, VA — January 5, 2016 On the heels of a successful composting pilot program at the 2015 City of Charlottesville Farmer’s Market, Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will offer 3-month household compost drop-off service at the McIntire Recycling Center beginning January 6, 2016. City and County residents will be allowed to bring bagged compostable items (food waste and compostable household waste) during their normal hours of operation five days a week through March. Rivanna will provide bags free of charge for...

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Recycling Plastics Now Easier than Ever!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Recycling | Comments Off on Recycling Plastics Now Easier than Ever!

Recycling Plastics Now Easier than Ever!

Starting July 1, 2015 we have streamlined plastics recycling into just TWO BINS: rigid plastics and flexible plastics. Plastic bottles and containers are #1-#7 rigid plastics (water bottles, jars, cups, storage containers, and more). It is no longer necessary to separate #1s and #2s. Just what is flexible plastic or plastic film? Plastic bags and wraps are the soft, flexible polyethylene plastic used in many grocery, bread, zip-top & dry cleaning bags. It’s also used in packaging paper plates, bathroom tissue, diapers, etc. Thanks...

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