Trash Rules

The following is the Trash section from the Handbook.

Amendment I: Trash Rules and Regulations

(Supersedes all other trash rules and regulations issued prior to October 1, 2019)

WHEREAS, Article VII of the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Summitt Chase Cluster Association (“Bylaws”) provides that the Board of Directors shall have the power to establish reasonable rules of use governing the Cluster Common Area; and

WHEREAS, the recorded instruments and applicable statutes governing the use and operation of the Association obligate each member of the Association to comply with the rules and regulations established by the Board; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of the Association and the Members to establish rules and regulations relating to the handling of trash on the Cluster Common Area.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following rules and regulations related to the handling and disposing of trash are adopted:

 Section 1. Schedule

The Summitt Chase Cluster Association has contracted American Disposal ( or 866-884-8700) to provide trash removal services. Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste pickups occur according to the following schedule:

    • Trash pickup: Tuesday and Friday
    • Recycling pickup: Friday
    • Yard waste pickup: Friday
    • Large Item pickup: By appointment only with American Disposal (

American provides services on all holidays that fall on regularly-scheduled pickup days with the exception of Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. If a regularly-scheduled pickup day falls on one of these holidays, services resume on the next regularly scheduled pickup day. (

 Section 2. Containers

Trash must be properly contained and secured when left out for pick up. Poorly secured trash frequently gets scattered throughout the community by strong winds or wild animals. Please make sure all trash is secure and won’t blow away.

A.  Trash must be placed in either hard plastic or metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Please note that trash in plastic bags, cardboard boxes, or any other type of container MAY NO LONGER be placed out the night before a pickup.

B. Containers must be clearly marked with the resident’s house number. C. Trash containers may not be stored in front of, or beside, any townhouse prior to being placed out for collection. All household trash must be stored in secure containers, out of sight, in the fence in the rear yard or inside of the home.

Section 3. Trash Removal

A. Trash must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 AM for collection

B. Trash containers shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 PM the night before pickup and must be removed from the curb no later than 9:00 PM on the day of pickup.

C.  Trash containers should not exceed 50 pounds in weight per container or bag.

D. Any trash not collected, for any reason, must be stored in a secure trash container in the rear yard or inside the home until the next pickup day.

E. Regardless of fault, if any portion of a resident’s trash is spilled on any part of the grounds, it is the responsibility of the resident to pick it up.

F. Furniture and other large, non-metal, non-commercial household items can be collected by the trash vendor. Arrangements for pickup must be made by the homeowner, and an extra charge may be assessed by the trash vendor to the individual homeowner. These items include but are not limited to Sofa, Chairs, Tables, Small TV’s, Cribs, Mattresses, Bed Frames, Small Kitchen Appliances, Shelves, etc.

G. Containers or bundles weighing more than 50 pounds, or longer than 4 feet in length, will not be collected as household trash. Commercial construction trash/renovation debris (any items resulting from renovations in home) must be pre-scheduled for removal. Residents are required to call the trash vendor to request removal of the item(s), with additional billing to the individual homeowner.

H. Ferrous metal/white good items, such as appliances, will be picked up by prior arrangement. These items include but are not limited to Propane grills (no propane), Refrigerator *FREON-FREE (upright and horizontal), Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Water Heater, Freezer *FREON-FREE (upright and horizontal), and Air Conditioner Units *FREON-FREE (window & outside). All appliances containing *Freon (CFC’s) must be tagged with certification that it is FREON-FREE prior to removal. Contact your Heating and Air Conditioning dealer for CFC removal. Residents are required to call the trash vendor to request removal of the item(s), with additional billing to the individual homeowner.

I. The following items are not permitted. Rocks, concrete, dirt, mulch, tires, soil, sod, tree stumps, paint, motor oil, combustibles, toxic or hazardous wastes, or any other material excluded from the disposal site, or any applicable state or federal law, as being hazardous or toxic. As well as flammable products, dead animals, fecal matter, manure, brick, landscaping timbers, friable asbestos, lead acid/wet cell batteries, bio-hazardous material, needles, and other medical waste.

Section 4. Recycling

Residents of townhouses and single-family homes in Fairfax county receiving curbside refuse and recycling collection are required to separate recyclables from trash.

A. Recyclable materials must be placed in a recycling bin or other sturdy plastic or metal container so the materials do not blow away. Do not overfill bins and cans, please use an additional bin or can if needed.

B. The trash vendor provides one recycling bin per household.

C. Containers should be clearly marked as recycling and with the resident’s house number.

D. Recycling containers must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 AM for collection.

E. Recycling containers shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 PM the night before pickup and must be removed from the curb no later than 9:00 PM on the day of pickup.

F. All recyclables can be placed in the same container.

G. If a resident does not use a recycling container, trash bags may be used. Trash bags must be either clear or blue recycling bags and must be securely tied or double-bagged, and CANNOT be placed at the curb until the morning of pickup.

H.  The following items should be recycled (

    • Food & beverage “small necked” plastic bottles
    • Food & beverage tin & aluminum cans
    • “Wide necked” plastic tubs: yogurt, dairy containers
    • #1 plastic bottle (water and soda)
    • #2 plastic containers (milk and detergent)
    • #3 to #7 plastic containers (yogurt and margarine)
    • Mixed paper: junk mail, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, flattened cardboard
    • Cardstock, file folder, envelope, office paper, computer paper & printouts, Post it Notes, etc.
    • Pizza box with NO contamination of food waste.
    • Books (hardbacks, paperbacks, textbooks, telephone)

I. As of October 1, 2019, glass is no longer picked up at the curb. Residents are requested to drop off glass at a Glass Recovery site, or include glass with the trash. For more information visit (

J. The following items are not recyclable in this program:

    • Metal recyclables not acceptable are pots, pans, foil, pie tins, scrap metal.
    • Styrofoam containers
    • Not acceptable is any recyclable that is contaminated with food.
    • Plastic film such as grocery bags and dry cleaning bags.

K. Many other items can be recycled at local stores – for example, many grocery stores recycle plastic bags. Batteries, ink cartridges, and electronics can often be recycled at stores such as Best Buy. Consider selling or donating other items that may still have use to someone, such as through or charities such as Purple Heart or Salvation Army, rather than disposing of these items in the trash.

L. If you are unsure about how to dispose of any other material, please visit the Fairfax County website ( for more information.


Section 5. Yard Waste

In Fairfax County, recycling of yard debris is mandatory from March 1 through December 24. See the trash vendor’s website for more information (

A. Yard debris (leaves, grass clippings, and brush) may be mixed with trash during the months of January and February.

B. Yard waste must be placed at the curbside by 7:00 AM for collection.

C. Yard waste shall be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 PM the night before pickup and empty containers must be removed from the curb no later than 9:00 PM on the day of pickup.

D. Brush must be cut into four-foot lengths, with limbs no larger than six inches in diameter.

E. Brush must be tied in bundles with rope or twine no larger than two feet in diameter and less than 50 pounds.

F. Grass clippings, leaves, and twigs can be placed in a container you provide, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. Yard waste placed in dark bags NOT marked with an “X” are not collected.

G. Tree stumps and tree limbs that are larger the 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length are not collected.

H. Christmas trees are collected during the first two Wednesdays of January ( Trees must be free of tinsel and ornaments. Do not place in bags. Any tree over eight (8) feet long should be cut in half.

I. Christmas trees not disposed of by the second week of January should be disposed of on the second day of the trash collection days.

J.  Composting is permitting, but it must be in a raised and enclosed bin located within the unit’s fence. This may not be open to the ground. DO NOT use an open pit as this encourages rodents and fowl smells. A tumbler type of bin is acceptable.

Section 6. Non-compliance

The first documented violation of the Trash Policy results in a warning citation issued to the homeowner(s), regardless of whether the violation was caused by them or their resident(s). Any subsequent documented violation within one month from the date of the first citation, however, results in a hearing by the Board of Directors in which the homeowner can be declared not in good standing. The board may revoke the homeowner(s) parking privileges and other rights in the Association for up to thirty (30) days per violation.