McIntire Recycling Center

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611 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: (434) 977-2976

Regular Hours of Operation


Current Hours
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).