Holiday Collection Schedule 
Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, residents are reminded that trash and recycling will be picked up one day later during the weeks of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 (No change for Monday’s collection).

Regular collection day                   Holiday collection day

Monday                                          Monday (no change)

Tuesday                                         Wednesday

Wednesday                                    Thursday

Thursday                                        Friday

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection 
The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Drop-Off Center, located at 3224 Colvin Street, will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and open on Dec. 31 ( New Year’s Eve). Normal hours of operation are Monday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling - Jan. 2-18 
Residents who receive City trash collection may place Christmas trees at their normal collection point for trash and yard waste for mulching on their trash collection day, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 18.  Please remove any stands, lights, and decorations from trees.  For more information visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste .

Household Battery Disposal   
Some holiday gifts require batteries, and discharged batteries may require special disposal. Rechargeable and small button style batteries contain hazardous materials and can be safely disposed of at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste site, located at 3224 Colvin Street. Safe disposal of these batteries helps protect air and water quality, which protects people and the environment. When purchasing new batteries, are you considering buying rechargeable batteries? This option helps to reduce waste and proves to be more economical than using disposable batteries. Standard alkaline batteries can be discarded as regular trash, but if you are unsure of what kind of batteries you have, bring them to the HHW site. For more information visit alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery .

Recycling holiday wrapping, bows, and toy boxes 
Please take special care and only recycle gift wrap that is 100% paper.  Some wraps have a foil overlay and should not be recycled.  Please remove all ribbons and bows prior to recycling.  Many boxes that hold toys have plastic windows.  Please remove the plastic window or throw away this type of box as trash. Recycling facilities in the region are struggling to remove the many items that are not officially accepted in recycling programs, but residents include nonetheless. Also, you may want to consider giving gifts in reusable gift bags made of cloth or a high quality paper that is designed for reuse.

Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs 
With the changing season, days are getting shorter with many of us arriving home after dark.  Why not brighten things up by replacing burnt out incandescent lightbulbs with an LED style bulb?  LED bulbs require ten times less energy for the same amount of light as traditional bulbs and last 40 times longer. For more information visit alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery .

Holiday Gift Ideas: Less stuff, more joy!
The holidays are fast approaching and giving gifts to those who are special in our lives often takes center stage.  Consider giving gifts of ‘experience’ such as movie tickets, music concerts, or shared activities like family ice-skating or hiking.  Manufacturing, packaging, and shipping gifts of ‘stuff’ consumes limited natural resources and contributes to global warming. Check out this guide created by New Dream of Charlottesville, Virginia for ideas.