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Special Waste - Residents

Some waste should not be disposed of in your recycling or trash bins. Below you will find a list of options for properly recycling or disposing of special waste.

Fort Totten Transfer Station Special Waste Residential Drop-Off

District residents can drop off many types of special waste at the Fort Totten Transfer Station at no cost. To learn about hours, directions and more click here.



Electronics are banned from trash starting on January 1, 2018.



  • Drop off and recycle alkaline, lithium, rechargeable, and car batteries at the Fort Totten Transfer Station.
  • Find additional drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries with Call2Recycle.
  • To safely store all used rechargeable batteries, tape the batteries at the ends with clear packing, masking or electrical tape.


The Sustainable DC (SDC) Textiles Reuse & Recovery Initiative provides local residents and visitors resources for decreasing the impact that their clothing (and other textiles) has on the environment.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

  • HHW materials should NOT be put in trash or recycling bins.
  • Safely dispose of HHW at the Fort Totten Transfer Station.
  • Visit here for a list of accepted and prohibited HHW items at Fort Totten Transfer Station.


CFL Lamps

Needles & Sharps

Prescription Drugs

Personal Documents Shredding

Residents may bring up to 5 medium-sized boxes of personal documents to the Fort Totten Transfer Station on the first Saturday of the month between 8 am – 3 pm.


  • For safe disposal, mattresses must be wrapped in plastic for bulk collection.
  • Call 311 to set up a bulk trash collection appointment.
  • Place your bulk items out no earlier than 6:30 pm the day before or no later than 6 am on your appointment day.