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Zero Waste
Zero Waste

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.

Benning Road Transfer Station Special Waste Residential Drop-Off

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

  • Address: 3200 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC, 200019
  • Hours: Every Saturday 7 am – 2 pm (except holidays) & Thursday preceding the first Saturday of the month (10 am - 2 pm).
  • Document Shredding: available on the first Saturday of each month between 7 am - 2 pm.




Covered electronic equipment is banned from trash.



  • 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.