Ivy Materials Utilization Center

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The Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC) is a waste transfer station, a facility for trash aggregation before transfer to a landfill. It is owned and operated by the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority.

Various types of material are accepted for disposal from citizens and businesses of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Municipal solid waste (household waste) and construction waste is collected at the transfer station and transported by truck and trailer to an offsite landfill. We recycle in the region using Sonoco, Emanuel Tire, and Amerigas.


The MUC is located at 4576 Dick Woods Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, on the site of the former Ivy Landfill, which filled in 1998 and was closed in 2001 under pressure from a community lawsuit. [1]

Upgrades to Ivy Transfer Station

On November 4, 2015, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to upgrade the Ivy Transfer Station. [2]

In August 2016, the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors approved SCS Engineering to design the new transfer station. [3]

The new transfer station was designed to meet all current regulatory requirements for solid waste handling, maximize the existing infrastructure, improve traffic flow, and potentially expand recycling services, while retaining existing services, including “tag-a-bag” household waste disposal, mulching, and special collections of hazardous waste and bulky items. The new enclosed facility will be located on the western portion of the site and will continue to use the existing entrance and scales.

In the summer of 2021, the RSWA sought permission from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to increase the daily tonnage limit from 300 tons to 450 tons. [4]


  • Preliminary design completed January 2017.
  • Accepted construction bids August 3rd, 2017.
  • Received approval for Albemarle County site plan and water protection ordinance permit August 8, 2017.
  • Board approval of construction award September 2017.
  • Construction begins November 2017.
  • Project completion December 2018.

Facility Service Charges & Fees

There is a $6.00 minimum charge for disposal for all customers. Cash or check only. Albemarle County residents & businesses* will be charged an additional $1.00 service fee. Non-Albemarle County residents & businesses will be charged an additional $10.00 service fee. Credit application fee is $35.


  • Clean-Fill Material $10.00 per ton

Brick, block, mortar, mixed soil and road building materials.

  • Construction Material $66.00 per ton

Loads of construction material should not exceed a single-axle dump truck. Material should not exceed 6’ in length.

  • Household Waste $66.00 per ton

Household garbage, TVs, furniture, mattresses, and small appliances.

  • Yard Waste (Vegetation) $48.00 per ton

Tree trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, etc. Yard waste is to be free of plastic bags, fencing, treated fence posts, etc.

  • Wooden Pallets $48.00 per ton
  • Appliances:
     Non-Freon $9.00 each or $105/ton
     Freon $17.00 each
  • Tires:
     Car/van/truck off-rim $6.00 each
     Car/van/truck on-rim $13.00 each
     Large truck off-rim $17.00 each
     Large truck on-rim $33.00 each
     Whole Tires $190.00/ton
  • Service fee is based on physical address of business.

Items for Sale

  • Mulch $30.00 per ton

RSWA’s mulching operation produces a mulch product by recycling yard/wood waste brought to the Ivy Center. Stumps, brush, and other usable organic waste, which would otherwise be landfilled, are ground into mulch. Delivery is available for a fee to most areas. Delivery fees range from $100.00-$142.00. For price quotes, to schedule a delivery or check availability, call 434-295-3306.

  • Lumber/Log Sales $30 per ton
  • Tag-Bag Stickers
     Individual stickers $2.00 each
     Sheets of 12 stickers $24.00 each

Bags or cans larger than 32 gallons or loose items must cross the scales.

  • Encore Sales (prices determined on a per item basis)

Valuable Services

    • New** Daily Paint Collection FREE

We will be accepting 1 gal., 5 gal., quarter gal. containers of latex and oil-based paint on a daily basis. Paint must be in the original container. We will not accept any other paint-related products. For complete details go to www.rivanna.org/paint-collection.

Citizen’s Convenience Center

The Convenience Center located at the Ivy Center allows for easy drop-offs of newspaper, magazines and cardboard for recycling and disposal of household waste in tagged bags or trash cans up to 32 gallons in size. Tag-Bag stickers can be purchased at the Scale House. Prices listed above. Bags or cans larger than 32 gallons or loose items must cross the scales.

The Encore Shop (tipping fee applies)

Businesses and citizens are encouraged to drop off reusable items such as doors, windows, sinks, 2x4’s, sporting goods, and non-upholstered furniture. Items are available for resale. Motor Oil and Antifreeze Recycling RSWA collects and recycles motor oil and antifreeze at the Ivy Center free of charge from residents of Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville received during normal hours of operation.

Fall and Spring HHW Collection

9:00 am - 2:00 pm (dates to be announced) Motor oil, antifreeze, household and car batteries, oil-based and latex paints, paint related products, fluorescent light tubes, CFLs, cell phones, floor and furniture polish, household cleaners and solvents, adhesives, acids, pesticides, 5-gallon grill propane tanks. Items not accepted at any time: explosives, ammunition, radioactive material, medical waste, asbestos or items containing asbestos.

Bulky Waste Amnesty Days

During the spring and fall (dates to be announced), residents of Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville can dispose of furniture, mattresses, appliances and tires free of charge on designated Saturdays at the Ivy Center. Hours of acceptance are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sat 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more info visit www.rivanna.org


  1. Landfill Methane Outreach Program, 2007 Project Expo. Rep. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 21 Apr. 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100403000804/https://www.epa.gov/lmop/documents/pdfs/Ivy.pdf.
  2. Web. ACTIONS - Board of Supervisors Meeting of November 4, 2015, Albemarle County Clerk, Actions report, Albemarle County, retrieved October 10, 2021.
  3. Web. [https://www.rivanna.org/wp-content/uploads/2a-RSWA-Minutes-August-23-2016_final-1.pdf RSWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Minutes of Regular Meeting - August 23, 2016], retrieved October 10, 2021.
  4. Print: , Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions.