McIntire Recycling Center

The Book Bin will be closed as of 3-24-2020. 

Because of its confined nature and inability to disinfect materials, we believe it is in the best interest of public safety to close until further notice. 

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611 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: (434) 977-2976

Regular Hours of Operation


Eastern Standard Time: November to March (current hours)
Mon 8:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm

Eastern Daylight Time: March to November (begins: 3-8-20 / ends: 11-1-20)
Mon 8:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm

2020 Holiday Closings: 

  • New Years’ Day – Jan 1    
  • Memorial Day – May 25   
  • Independence Day – Jul 4   
  • Labor Day – Sep 7   
  • Employee Appreciation Day – Oct 29 (1/2 Day)   
  • Thanksgiving Day – Nov 26   
  • Christmas Day – Dec 25


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

Recyclables Accepted

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 scraps for composting

Household food scraps for composting

Household Food Waste Compost Drop Off

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:


Pizza Box Composting

Compostable Pizza Box (after pizza is removed)

The McIntire Recycling Center is now able to accept used pizza boxes for composting.  Our compostable food waste collection contractor can now take greasy cardboard, and it will be composted along with our compostable food waste.

To compost:

  • Remove all contents
    • seasoning packets
    • sauce containers
    • plastic windows or pizza savers (that little plastic triangular legged device that keeps your pizza from getting smashed on the boxes lid;
  • Fold the box up and place it into the compostable food waste container next to the cardboard recycling bin (look for the signs).


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).



Book Bin at McIntire

Book Bin at McIntire

The Book Exchange Bin

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

Please bring 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, in the newspaper bin. Space is limited, 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. Only books are accepted at the Book Exchange Bin.
    • Do not leave other items, such as furniture, electronics, etc., if you have items that are in good shape, but are no longer wanted, please consider taking them to the Encore Shop at the Ivy MUC.
  2. Please limit the amount of books you take home to less than ten books per visit.
  3. Please limit your stay to one 30 minutes visit per day.
  4. Please be respectful of all McIntire patrons and staff.
  5. Only RSWA Staff are permitted to assist with loading and unloading.
  6. No Loitering.

Thank you for your help in making the book exchange a great experience for all!