McIntire Road Recycling Center

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The McIntire Road Recycling Center is owned and operated by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority. In 2019, the RSWA is limiting the amount of plastics accepted at the facility. [1]


The McIntire Recycling Center began in the early 1970s with a glass recycling center at Barracks Road Shopping Center. Soon thereafter, recycling began in earnest with the formation of the Charlottesville Ecology Club. A glass recycling center was opened in February of 1973 at the corner of Ridge and South Streets. Fifteen to twenty 50-gallon drums of glass were collected the first day. As volume continued to increase, the Club relocated to the fire station on Rt. 250. Then in 1979, the recycling center moved to its present day location at McIntire Road. Over 356 tons of recyclables were received that first year. [2]. The RWSA took over the facility in 1991[2].

In 1991, RSWA began operating the McIntire Recycling Center.

Today the McIntire Recycling Center receives visits from over 1,000 cars each week. In 2016, a total of 3,514 tons of material was collected and recycled. [citation needed]


In August 2010, the city and the county both agreed to amend a document that governs how the facility’s operating expenses are to be funded.

In 2016, the RSWA began accepting food waste composting as a pilot program which was later extended by the board due to its success.

In 2017, the City and the County approved the funding necessary to extend the hours at the recycling center to better serve the community. The RSWA board unanimously approved this.

The RSWA announced in February 2019 that plastics #3 through #7 would no longer be accepted as of July 1, 2019. Those materials are no longer accepted by China, and had been sent to landfills. [1]

Services Provided

[citation needed] What can be brought to the McIntire Recycling Center?

  • Mixed Paper/Brown Paper: wrapping paper, packing paper, cereal boxes, and all non-corrugated cardboard
  • Office Paper: junk mail, copy/printer paper
  • Newspaper, Magazines & Catalogs
  • Corrugated Cardboard (cannot have a waxy coating)
  • Old Books: soft and hard back
  • Telephone Books
  • Glass ▪ clear, blue, green, brown and yellow (co-mingled)
  • Aluminum and Steel Cans
  • Plastic Bottles and Containers #1- #7: beverage, detergent, shampoo, salad, mustard, yogurt tubs, deli trays, and other rigid plastics (#2 plastic motor oil, lawn and garden containers are not accepted) - #3 through #7 will not be accepted post June 2019. [1]
  • Plastic Bags and Wrap: clean, dry plastic bags, film packaging like paper towel wrap, grocery bags, and other flexible plastic

Book Exchange Bin

Do you have books that you have finished and would like a place to take them for others to enjoy? The McIntire Recycling Center offers a free Book Exchange Program that lets you drop off your old books. People can take books home to enjoy. They do not accept wet or moldy books.


McIntire accepts compostable food waste from households in compostable bags. We also offer complimentary bags to users of this program at the McIntire composting kiosk. For details about this program, check out this website. For more information about programs and services including household hazardous waste collection and the “Encore Shop” at our Ivy facility, please visit [] or email or call the Administration Office (434) 977-2976. [citation needed]

Cooking oil

The RWSA began accepting used cooking oil and grease in early 2020. The material is collected by the company Five Star Septic and can be recycled into animal feed or biofuels. [3]

Hours of operation

[citation needed] SUMMER Mon 8:30am-6:30pm Tuesday - CLOSED Wed-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm

WINTER Mon 8:30am-5:30pm Tuesday – CLOSED Wed-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. RSWA Accepting Fewer Types of Plastic July 1st, Moriah Davis, News Article, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, VA, February 27, 2019, retrieved June 29, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Where will we put 5 million pounds of recyclables if McIntire closes?, Brian Chidester, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, September 14, 2010, retrieved September 12, 2017. Print. September 14, 2010 .
  3. Web. McIntire Recycling Center to start accepting used cooking oil, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 1, 2020, retrieved March 1, 2020. Print. March 1, 2020 page A7.