Solid Waste

Department Numbers
  • Solid Wast Department Main Line: 757-868-3598
  • Changes in Garbage Plan: 757-868-3030
  • Composting: 757-898-5012
  • Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) 757-259-9850
The City of Poquoson offers multiple services to accommodate your solid waste needs. Therese services include curbside pickups such as residential trash and recycling to programs/services available to our residents at designated locations and/or times. Below are descriptions of all of these services.


Residential Trash 
Poquoson uses City issued 35-gallon and 65- gallon garbage containers and green plastic bags bearing the City seal for the collection of weekly garbage. Residents are given a choice of container sizes and can pick which garbage plan they want by visiting the Solid Waste Billing page or calling the Finance Department at 757-868-3030. Residents with concerns or questions about garbage pickup should call 757-868-3590.

Green Bags
Poquoson residents may also use special green plastic bags bearing the City seal for garbage that will not fit in trash containers. They are also available for purchase for residents of townhouses and those who live on lanes longer than 300 feet. The bags are available at Farm Fresh, Food Lion, 7-11, and Taylor’s Do-It Center. The bags are $1.75 each and are sold in packages of five for $8.75. Filled green garbage bags can weigh no more the 50 pounds and can be placed next to the garbage container for pickup. Bags that are too heavy will be rejected for pick up.

Pickup Days

For the day of your pickup, call 757-868-3598. Garbage collection for the following holidays and all days following the holiday will be 1 day later than scheduled unless otherwise advertised: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Container/bags must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. If you have any question or problems with this service, please call 757-868-3598.

Fall Leaf Program

Leaves must be in clear plastic bags, 0.5 to 0.9 mils thick.  NO DRAWSTRINGS. (They bind up the recycle machines).  Place bags in back of curb by 7:00 am Monday mornings.  This program runs from November through the end of February.  Bags are picked up every other Monday.

Convenient Drop-Off Site

Bulk, landscape (and bagged leaves) and white goods (appliances) can be dropped off by city residents behind City Hall the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because this free service is only for city residents, proof of residency is required. You may call 757-868-3590 if you have any questions.

Unaccepted Items

Items that will not be taken include:
  • Batteries
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Construction debris from contracted work
  • Household chemicals
  • Oil drums
  • Oil tanks
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Shingles
  • Tires
  • Items containing refrigerants; i.e. refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners

Department Phone Numbers

  • Solid Waste Department Main Line: 757-868-3598
  • Change Garbage Plan: 757-868-3030
  • Composting: 757-898-5012
  • Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority: 757-259-9850