E-CARE event – 9/24/16

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The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) is a biannual event at which residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and other recyclable items.

Before you come to E-CARE, talk to your neighbors. Combine your items and save a trip to the collection site. Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted.

When is the next E-CARE?

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This event is held rain or shine.

Be sure to bring your ID to verify that you are an Arlington resident.

Accepted Materials

  • Automotive fluids
  • Car care products
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
    • If you bring an old CFL lightbulb, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) team will swap it with a brand new LED bulb (one per household, while supplies last).
  • Corrosives (acids/caustics)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable solvents
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fuels/petroleum products
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Paint products (25-can limit)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons (pesticides)
  • Propane gas cylinders (small hand-held or larger)
  • Swimming pool chemicals

Unaccepted Materials


We’ll collect household devices containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, manometers, barometers, hygrometers and liquid mercury). CFLs will also be collected on site.


Bikes for the World will be accepting serviceable and repairable bikes to be sent to countries where they are needed for basic transportation. A $10 donation per bike is requested to offset shipping charges. Portable sewing machines, baseball and soccer equipment, and bike parts and accessories are also collected and shipped overseas with the reconditioned bikes. For more information, call 703-525-0931.

Small Metal Items

Acceptable small metal items include pots, pans, tools, pipes, venetian blinds, small appliances and metal items fitting an 11-1/2-inch by 46-inch opening.

Look Up Your Item

Small metal items can also be dropped off at the Inert Materials and Scrap Metal Drop-Off Facility. Call 703-228-6570 for an appointment.


Computers, printers, keyboards, scanners, copiers, cellphones and televisions (no large wooden console TVs) will be collected. A $20 fee for televisions and $15 for computer monitors applies, but LED or LCD monitors and TVs are free. Cash or checks only (made payable to Arlington County Treasurer).

Electronics can also be collected curbside for recycling or dropped off at the Electronics Collection and Recycling Center (ERCR)Request an electronics pickup online or call 703-228-6570 (after hours, select option 2).

Clothing, Linens, Shoes and Microwaves

Art for Humanity will be collecting “gently used” but functional clothing, linens, shoes, microwaves, rugs, and pots, pans and other kitchen items. Linens are needed, including sheets, blankets, bed spreads and towels. Receipts for tax purposes are available. Financial donations are appreciated to assist with shipping.

Eyeglasses and Durable Medical Equipment

Your old eyeglasses and hearing aids will be cleaned, sorted and dispensed at clinics overseas run by volunteers. Donated wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, braces and strollers are shipped to clinics in remote villages.