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.


State mandates require the City of Bristol, Virginia to maintain a 25% recycling rate. In past years, the City has maintained a higher rate than required and strives to continue reaching higher rates over the coming years.


In an effort to make recycling more convenient, the Recycling Center locations have been adjusted to be more centrally located throughout the City. All locations will now accept comingled and cardboard materials. All areas are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
  • Bonham Road & Old Airport Road (Athletic fields)
  • Washington - Lee Elementary School (900 Washington Lee Dr)
  • Lee Street & Scott Street (Gravel Parking Lot across from 220 Lee St)
  • Euclid Avenue & Division Street (Gene Malcolm Stadium, 1501 Euclid Ave)
  • Shakesville Road near Kings Mill Pike & Valley Drive (2103 Shakesville Rd)*

*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. until 4:00 p.m.
Gates will remain locked during all other times.

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