McIntire Recycling Center

611 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: (434) 977-2976

For detailed directions, click here.

Regular Hours of Operation


Current Hours
Mon 8:30-6:30pm
Wed-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm

Hours Effective 11-6-22
Mon 8:30-5:30pm
Wed-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm

2022 Holiday Closings: 

  • New Years’ Day – Jan 1    
  • Memorial Day – May 30  
  • Independence Day – Jul 4   
  • Labor Day – Sep 5   
  • Thanksgiving Day – Nov 24   
  • Christmas Day – Dec 25

Recyclables Accepted

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Mixed Paper
  • Plastic Films
  • #1 Plastic Containers
  • #2 Plastic Containers
  • Office Paper
  • Glass
  • Newsprint
  • Mixed Metals
  • Compostable Food Waste
  • Oyster Shells
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Used Cooking Oil

For a full list of recyclable items accepted at each facility, please visit the Recyclable Accepted page.

Styrofoam is NOT accepted at any recycling location. 

Program Services

Click here for our McIntire Recycling Center Brochure.

Household Food Waste Compost Drop Off

Household food scraps for composting


What you need to know:

Compostables must be brought in compostable bags (not regular plastic trash bags).  Good news: we have free three gallon compostable bags on site.  You can also find the bags (brand name “Biobags”) at Kroger, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Additional Information:

Used Cooking Oil Collection

Five Star Septic has provided a 300-gallon sealed container, located next to the MRC entrance, where customers can dispose of UCO and grease. Containers that customers use to bring UCO to MRC should be taken home for reuse or disposal. Five Star Septic will collect the container for regular servicing, and the UCO and grease will be recycled for beneficial reuse, such as to manufacture biofuels or to be processed into animal feeds.  This collection will help keep fats, oils, and greases out of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Service Authority sewer systems, where they can cause expensive clogs and backups.

Solidified (no longer liquid) fats and greases will continue to be accepted at the MRC, and at the Ivy Convenience Center in the compostable food waste collection containers.  Motor oils and antifreeze are collected for free at the Ivy Convenience Center; they cannot be disposed of in the UCO container or the compostable food waste collection containers.

Oyster Shell Recycling

McIntire Recycling Center is the new home for the collection of oyster shells in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.  This collection point, which is open to the public as well, will collect oysters from restaurants and homes to be recycled back into oyster habitat in the Chesapeake by the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling and Restoration Program (VOSRP).