Residential recycling is free for all residents of the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. 


The Regional Landfill is undergoing a few changes. In an attempt to adapt to current recycling markets, the R-Board has set up separate containers for cardboard and glass, in addition to regular single stream recyclables. Glass containers have also been set up at the Belman Road Convenience Center. Glass markets have been historically scarce so, we are separating it for beneficial use around the landfill.

We are actively working towards making the residential recycling area more accessible for all residents and we greatly appreciate all the patience throughout this process.

Recycling is an important part of waste management and the R-Board offers many recycling opportunities for its customers. Residents in Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg are provided with single-stream recycling drop-off locations for cans, bottles, and paper products. Scrap metal and coolant-containing appliances are also accepted. Items that are often considered hazardous like car batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil and antifreeze are accepted on a daily basis too.

The R-Board is required by the VA Department of Environmental Quality to recycle at least 25% of the waste generated in its jurisdiction. For the last several years, the R-Board has surpassed this target with a recycling rate of about 30% and holds one of the highest recycling rates in the state. Our citizens and businesses are not required to recycle, so we thank you for your stewardship and environmental consciousness that helps us achieve our goal.

Drop-off Recycling Centers


Belman Road Recycling Center, 1200 Belman Road

Hugh Mercer Elementary, 2100 Cowan Boulevard

Walker Grant Middle School, 1 Learning Lane


Regional Landfill, 489 Eskimo Hill Road

Rowser Building, 11739 Patriot Highway

Gayle Middle School, 100 Panther Drive

Accepted Recyclables

Single Stream recyclables:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • cardboard
  • paper products (if you can tear it you can bring it)
  • soda, soup and other cans
  • food and beverage cartons (soup and juice boxes, milk and juice cartons)

Please rinse food and beverage containers out before placing them in your recycling bin. Place loose items in the recycling bin; don’t bag them. 

Check with your trash hauler to see what they collect curbside.

We offer recycling opportunities at a number of locations throughout the area. Single-stream recycling means that it is not necessary to separate certain recyclables anymore. The Regional Landfill Residential Center has separate containers for scrap metal, cardboard, glass, and all other single stream recyclables. Learn how to Recycle Right.

Separate recyclables:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Automotive and equipment batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (Regional Landfill only, no 8′ bulbs)
  • Motor oil (limit 5 gallons per resident per day)
  • Antifreeze (limit 5 gallons per resident per day)
  • Tires (limit 8 tires per household per calendar year)
  • Cooking oil (Regional Landfill only)
  • Appliances
  • Recycle electronics, computers, computer cables, cellphones, and ink/toner cartridges. Please note TVs and CRT monitors ARE NOT accepted. Please drop your items off at the blue shed. Thank you to Stafford Middle School LEO Club for offering this program.  

Items NOT accepted for recycling

Some items can be reused or recycled elsewhere in our community:

  • Take polystyrene packing peanuts to a mailing store for reuse.
  • Collect plastic grocery store bags with other types of plastic film (bread bags and dry cleaner bags) and recycle them at the grocery store.
  • Consider donating gently used household items to Goodwill or other second-hand stores to give them a new life and keep more stuff out of the landfill.

There are alternatives to placing items in the recycling or trash. Think refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot. This reduces the amount of waste you send to the landfill. Learn more from our Zero Waste Guide.

Keep out of recycling:

  • plastic bags – please take them back to the grocery store
  • food-soiled items
  • polystyrene peanuts or other packing materials
  • windows
  • drinking glasses
  • mirrors
  • plastics that held hazardous chemicals like motor oil


Any Questions?

If you have any questions about anything relating to the R-Board, please refer to our FAQ pages!