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Recycling Center May Move from Four Mile Run to Trades Center

Four Mile Run Drive recycling center

Arlington County’s self-serve recycling center on Four Mile Run Drive at Columbia Pike may be moving to the Arlington Trades Center.

The Arlington County Board is scheduled to vote on the move at its meeting this Saturday.

County staff proposed the move “in response to community concerns about aesthetics and illegal dumping.”

The Trades Center (2700 S. Taylor Street) is a hub of county maintenance activity. It is located near Shirlington, 1.5 miles away from the current recycling center location. The move “would allow for a more controlled drop-off location,” county staff say.

The cost of the move would be “minimal” and could be completed by mid-January, according to the staff report.

The Four Mile Run recycling center is one of two in the county: another is located in Quincy Park, at the corner of N. Quincy Street and Washington Blvd, near Washington-Lee High School.

“Both of the Recycling Centers provide for the drop-off of single stream recyclable materials, including: mixed paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, food containers and glass,” said the staff report. “These facilities are particularly useful to provide small businesses a convenient and inexpensive way to comply with the County Code’s recycling requirements.”

The report says county staffers have conducted extensive community outreach in advance of the Board’s decision.

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