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Richmond E-Cycle Day - More than Electronics! Scheduled for September 30, 2023

~Residents can drop-off paper for shredding, electronics, household hazardous waste items and oil-based paint & learn about the City’s Food Compost Program ~

WHO:   The Department of Public Works, The Clean City Commission, The Department of Public Utilities and  The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

WHAT: Richmond E-Cycle Day – More than Electronics!

WHEN:  Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1710 Robin Hood Road (23220) northeast corner of Robin Hood Road and Arthur Ashe Boulevard

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient option to recycle paper and electronics to help keep hazardous waste materials out of city waterways, streams and rivers. This event is available to city residents – proof of residency is required. Please note, this is a drive-thru event. Volunteers will remove items from the cars.

Paper Document Shredding

    • Up to five (5) boxes of documents
    • Be sure to remove all binders, staples and clips

Electronics (various fees apply)

    • Computer systems (hard drive or CPU) and accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.) VCRs, camcorders, stereos, and all phones
    • Televisions, computer monitors and printers
  • Other used electronic equipment (almost anything with a plug - see the online list for clarification)
  • Go to to get fees and the full list of electronics to recycle

Household Hazardous Waste Items (HHW)

  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paint
  • Bug spray, rodent poison and herbicides (Roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)
  • Latex and water-based paints will not be collected. These items can be left in open paint cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up.

Biodegradable Lawn and Leaf Bag Give-Away (while supplies last)

  • Proof of residency is required

Richmond Compost Initiative/Community Food Compost Program

Almost a quarter of all waste going to landfills is food and organic matter. This initiative seeks to reduce and divert food waste from the landfill by providing options for composting at convenient, citywide drop-off locations and then cycle that organic waste into high quality compost for community use.

  • Visit the information booth at the event and learn about composting and how it reduces harmful gas emissions by retaining carbon instead of releasing it into the atmosphere
  • Learn how to participate in the program or how to start your own compost
  • For more information about the initiative, go to

Kitchen Countertop Compost Bin (while supplies last)

  • Proof of residency required
  • Residents interested in purchasing a full-size compost bin, send an email to: and pre-order the bin 
  • Pay for the bin at the event. Cost: $41.50 (checks only)

For more information on recycling or the event, please visit us online at or email us at

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting;  graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is a premier provider of utility service. DPU provides natural gas, water, wastewater and stormwater service to more than 500,000 residential and commercial customers in the metropolitan region. In addition, DPU operates an electric street lighting utility, which maintains 37,000 streetlights throughout the City.  For more information, visit DPU's website at