Recycling and Waste Disposal

Aluminum Beverage Cans

Aluminum Beverage Cans

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) is committed to providing the recycling, solid waste, household hazardous waste disposal services to 3,000 city and county residents every month. These services are provided at the request of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

As a public agency, we provide complete information to the public regarding both how and where the materials are recycled. Whether you utilize Rivanna’s tagbag program, participate in the City of Charlottesville’s programs, use one of Albemarle County’s many private haulers, or take your recyclables to McIntire yourself, we thank you for doing your part to be a good environmental steward. Rivanna offsets some of its operating costs for area recycling with the money earned from the sale of recyclable materials from the Ivy Material Utilization Center and McIntire Center, and the County and City have agreed to cover the additional costs.

Brief History of RSWA

The RSWA was initially formed in 1990 by the County of Albemarle and City of Charlottesville to operate the Ivy Landfill in Albemarle County and to set regional policy, through a Board of Directors for managing all solid waste generated from within the jurisdictions of the County and City through principals of reduce, reuse, recycling, and disposal. In 1998, the Ivy Landfill closed to municipal solid waste and 2001 closed to all waste, and over time the City and the County created different policies and selected different options for handling their waste and recycling.

Today the RSWA’s role is limited to that of a contract agent, providing only those specific programs in which the County, City, or both local governments choose to contract with the RSWA, including providing financial support as appropriate.  Today, most solid waste that is generated within the jurisdictions of the County and City is managed by private sector companies.

Household Hazardous Waste Days and Bulky Waste Amnesty Days

Each year, RSWA hold Spring and Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Days at the Ivy MUC facility for Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville, and Town of Scottsville residents. We urge folks to take advantage of this free opportunity to dispose/recycle unwanted or broken items. RSWA is grateful to all citizens who participate for your part in making our environment safer and cleaner. Find out more here: HHW and Bulky Waste Amnesty page.

McIntire Recycling Center

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.

Refuse Collection

City of Charlottesville Residents

The City of Charlottesville provides refuse collection through the purchase of trash stickers as well as curbside pickup of most recyclable items. Program includes free collection of certain recyclable material curbside in bins. For guidelines on this service, go to the City of Charlottesville Trash page

For more information on the City of Charlottesville’s Solid Waste Management Program call 970-3830.

To report litter, call the City of Charlottesville – Charlottesville Public Service Dept. at 434-970-3830.

Albemarle County Residents

Albemarle County does not provide waste collection services for its citizens. Each county resident must either dispose of their waste themselves; use Rivanna’s Ivy MUC or McIntire Recycling; or contract with a private waste disposal hauler of their choice.

For more information, please visit the Albemarle County website or call Albemarle County at 296-5816.

To report litter, call Albemarle County – Litter Hotline Number at 434-972-4145.


Meet Your Recycler

Robert Recycling at McIntire Recycling Center

Additional Information

Program services, fees, facility hours, and directions can be found on their page:

McIntire Recycling Center

Ivy Material Utilization Center (MUC)

Paper Sort on Meade Ave

Disposal charges can be found on the Service and Fees page.

A full list of recyclable items accepted at each facility can be found on the Recyclable Accepted page.