About the Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for engineering, street maintenance, solid waste disposal, solid waste collection, recycling, and fleet maintenance. Our goal is to provide excellence in public service.

Requests and Concerns

The City of Bristol, Virginia will suspend the recycling of plastic and paper products effective March 1, 2019 until a local recycling vendor can be found to accept the material.

Cardboard will continue to be accepted at our convenience stations, provided that residents do not put plastics, paper, trash or other materials into the collection bin. Residents are encouraged to reduce consumption of paper and plastic materials and to reuse items as appropriate. The City will continue searching for opportunities to reinstate the paper and plastics recycling program.

Bristol, Virginia Residents and Solid Waste Customers
New Holiday Schedule

Veterans Day – Monday – November 11, 2019
City Offices and Landfill – Closed
Solid Waste Collection for Monday, Nov. 11 will be on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Please have container(s) out by 7:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday – November 28, 2019
City Offices and Landfill – Closed
Solid Waste Collection for Thursday, Nov. 28 will be on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Please have container(s) out by 7:00 a.m.

Day After Thanksgiving – Friday – November 29, 2019
City Offices and Landfill – Closed
Solid Waste Collection for Friday, Nov. 29 will be on Monday, Dec. 2.
Please have container(s) out by 7:00 a.m.
Dump Free at the Landfill
(Bristol, Virginia Residents Only)
Saturday – November 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Required proof of residency for free disposal (valid driver’s license or current utility bill).


Shakesville Road Recycling Changes

Due to the large quantities of waste being placed in and around the recycle containers at this location, the hours of acceptance for this recycling location will change to the following:

Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gates will remain locked during all other times.

Compost & Mulch for Sale at the Landfill

Bulk - $32.00 per ton + tax
40 lb. Bags - $3.00 each
(While quantities last)

Loading Hours:
Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TRUCKS/BUSES ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE MARY STREET BRIDGE!Please be advised that the Mary Street bridge maximum weight limit has been downgraded from 15 tons (30,000 pounds) to 5 tons (10,000 pounds). If your vehicle exceeds the 5 ton limit, please use an alternate route.

Engineering Division
Street Maint. Division

Fleet Maint. Division

Collection Division
Solid Waste

Disposal Division
Solid Waste
Recycling &

Report a Concern

Problems with sanitary sewer, water service, the electric system, including street lights, traffic signals, or power outages are handled by BVU and should be reported to (276) 645-8721 during normal working hours or to (276) 669-4114 for emergencies at night, on weekends or holidays.