Frequently Asked Questions
What is “regular household trash?”
Regular household trash is refuse that is generated as a result of normal everyday living in the home.   

What is my collection time?
Trash collection begins at 5:00 a.m. in Prince William County, 6:00 a.m. in Fairfax County and 7:00 a.m. in Loudoun County. The exact time that the truck arrives at your home will vary depending on a number of factors, most of which are out of our control; therefore, homeowners are advised to have all items out at the curb the night before.  Do not place your containers next to any objects (car, fence, mailbox, etc.) that may impede access to or sight of your containers. 

What is your holiday policy?
There is no trash or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or any other collection day when the refuse and recycling facilities are closed.  If a designated collection day falls on one of these holidays, trash collection service will resume on your next regularly-scheduled trash collection day, and recycling collection service will resume on your next regularly-scheduled recycling collection day. 

What is your inclement weather policy?
Patriot Disposal will make every effort to provide services when the weather is inclement.  Services will be suspended or canceled in the event that we consider the roads unsafe for travel by our vehicles.  In the event that inclement weather prevents Patriot Disposal from providing service on a regularly-scheduled collection day, trash collection service will resume on the next regularly-scheduled trash collection day, and recycling collection service will resume on the next regularly-scheduled recycling collection day, road conditions permitting. 

What items are unacceptable for collection from the curbside?
Ammunition, asbestos, bricks, cinder blocks, combustibles, concrete, dirt, fire extinguishers, flammable products, explosives, hazardous waste, helium tanks, infectious waste, manure, medical waste, mulch, pesticides, poisons, propane tanks, rocks, sod, stones, tires, toxic waste, tree stumps, or any other material prohibited by the landfill or any applicable state or federal law as being hazardous or toxic, or items too large or too heavy to be loaded safely into the collection vehicles.

What do I do if I have a large item to dispose of?
Small furniture made out of fabric and/or wood, as well as mattresses and bed frames, may be put out for collection with your regular trash.  We prefer that you put these items out on the 2nd service day of the week.  If the items are especially large, or you have more than two, please call our office to schedule a special pickup. 

Carpet, plywood, 2x4s and other items are considered construction debris, which Patriot Disposal is prohibited from collecting with the regular trash.  If you have any items for collection that are the result of remodeling or rebuilding, please call the office.  We may be able to schedule a pick up these items for an additional fee.

If you have an appliance that you need to dispose of, please call our office to schedule a pick up.  If your service is contracted through your HOA, there will be no additional fee for this service.

Please refer to our “Special Item Pickup Policy” for other large items that can be scheduled for pickup for an additional fee.

Can I get an additional trash container?
An additional 64-gallon or 96-gallon trash container can be rented from Patriot Disposal for a one-time fee of $25.00, which can be paid over the phone with a credit card or debit card.

Do you take moving boxes and if so, how many can I put out for collection at one time?
Yes, we do take moving boxes.  To be recycled, the boxes must be flattened.  We will take approximately 30 boxes per home per pickup.

How do I dispose of syringes/needles?
Syringes and needles should be placed in a thick, hard plastic bottle (such as a detergent bottle) with a secured lid before placing them in a trash bag or container.  To ensure the safety of our crews, syringes and needles or any sharp items should never be disposed of in plastic or paper bags.

Can I put my address or other mark on Patriot Disposal containers?
Yes.  We encourage you to mark your Patriot Disposal containers with your address, either with permanent marker or paint, so that you can easily identify which container belongs to you.  You should also keep a record of the serial number of your container.  After collection, containers are frequently misplaced or blown by the wind or otherwise relocated from in front of your home and this will make it easier to figure out which container belongs to you.

What should I do if my trash container is missing?
Please check with your neighbors to see if someone has accidentally claimed your container as their own.  It is helpful to wait one full week to see if your container appears on either of the two weekly trash collection days.  If you have the serial number of the container, or if you have marked it with your address, you should be able to identify your container if someone else puts it out.  If you are unable to locate your container, please call the office.  You can purchase a replacement 96-gallon container from Patriot Disposal for $75.00 and a replacement 64-gallon container for $50.00.  You can also purchase a trash container of your choosing from a local retailer, such as Target, Home Depot or Wal-mart, for e.g.  You are not obligated to use a Patriot Disposal container.  You can also set out your trash in trash bags, secured tightly.  However, before doing so, please check with your HOA to be sure that this does not violate any of your HOA’s regulations.

What should I do if my recycling bin is missing?
Please check with your neighbors to see if someone has accidentally claimed your bin as their own.  It is helpful to wait one full week to see if your container appears on the next recycling collection day.  If you have marked it with your address, you should be able to identify your bin if someone else puts it out.  If you are unable to locate your bin, please call the office.   You can purchase a replacement recycling bin from Patriot Disposal for $10.00.  You can also purchase any plastic container of your choosing from a local retailer, such as Target, Home Depot or Wal-mart, for e.g. and use that.  Be sure to mark both sides of the container “RECYCLING.”

What are the collection days for my community?
If you do not know the service day for your residence, please call our office.  You can also ask a neighbor or check your HOA’s website to locate this information.


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