McIntire Road Recycling Center

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The McIntire Road Recycling Center is owned and operated by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.


The McIntire Recycling Center has deep roots in Charlottesville. It 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. [1]. The RWSA took over the facility in 1991[1].

In 1991, RSWA began operating the McIntire Recycling Center. Today, recycling is not just glass and aluminum cans. The facility accepts everything from newspapers to plastic grocery bags.

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.

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.

Services Provided

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)
  • 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.

Hours of operation

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 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 .