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A Bee Movie
Check out this video "Bee Move in Day at the Prince William County Landfill". The beekeeper shares a lot of interesting information about honey bees as she and her "assistant" move in our new tenants. She even gets stung! Watch for her reaction. Enjoy the buzz!
County Residents Look to a Better Future at Compost Awareness Day
Prince William County's sixth annual Compost Awareness Day brought together families, community groups, and garden experts to discuss the benefits of at home composting, all in the spirit of this year's theme "Building a Better Future". Attendees enjoyed free compost samples from the Balls Ford Road composting facility, workshops led by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and a sneak peek at the county's plans to begin large scale composting of food waste through a partnership with Freestate Farms.
Currently, thirty percent of what goes into the county landfill is food and yard waste, so the county government and community members are taking a serious look at how to make operations more sustainable.
"This country has a huge problem with food waste," says Prince William resident Alexandra, who enjoyed the garden workshops with her mother Claudia, "I believe if more people were aware of how easy composting can be, more people would do it. It helps the environment. We live here - this is our home."
Composting mimics nature's process of decomposing organic waste. Savvy composters create the conditions that are favorable to microorganisms that transform kitchen scraps and yard clippings into nutrient rich soil - ideal for giving your garden and lawn a boost.
"As gardeners, we call compost black gold," explained Ellen Miles, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener intern, "It has so many benefits. Compost helps your plant roots penetrate into the soil easier, and it holds soil into place. It helps feed earthworms, which add nutritious worm castings into your soil." Read more and see more photos of the event.
'Boatloads' of Pollinator Plants Installed at Prince William Landfill
When you imagine a flower garden, do you picture planting in canoes and old car tires? That's exactly what several environmental leaders envisioned when they designed the plan to transform a half acre site at the Prince William County Landfill into a beautiful pollinator garden. Repurposed canoes, pallets, and tires were used to create raised garden beds, a native bee hotel, and a walking path through a pollinator-friendly meadow. These upcycled goods will support the health of native bees, honeybees, insects, and other wildlife for years to come.
The project was a joint effort that brought several community organizations together. Keep Prince William Beautiful secured $20,000 from a Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Impact grant to fund the project. The Prince William County Solid Waste Division, Bees in Schools, LLC, the Prince William Conservation Alliance, and George Mason University's Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center all worked together to make the undertaking possible. Volunteer planting days open to the community were held on April 14 and April 21 in celebration of Earth Day.
"Our whole goal is attracting pollinators to a spot where we know there are very few right now," said Dr. Cynthia Smith, Associate Professor at George Mason University, as she thanked the crowd of 101 volunteers on the first work day, "In three hours we took a field with some mulch and now we've got a pollinator garden with seeds installed, before the rain tomorrow. We could not have done this without your help." Read more and see more photos.
2017 America Recycles Day pledge card winner
Congratulations Maria! K-12 Prize Winner for the 2017 "I Recycle" pledge drawing sponsored by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Maria won a $300 gift certificate and her school will receive a $500 grant to support a youth environmental or recycling program. Maria took the pledge to increase her recycling in October when she attended the annual Prince William Recycles Day event at the County Landfill with her family. Maria happens to be wearing the 2015 Prince William Recycles Day t-shirt she won at a previous event. Tom Smith, Prince William County Solid Waste Division Chief, presented the $300 gift certificate to her just in time for Christmas shopping! This is the fifth consecutive year that a winner has been selected from Prince William entrants. Recycling Matters!
Prince William Recycles Day Reminds Community That Recycling Matters
Prince William, VA, October, 2017
By Roger LeBlanc; Photos by Katherine Ransom
Families enjoyed a fall festival with an environmentally conscious twist this week at the annual Prince William Recycles Day celebration. The county landfill was given a seasonal makeover with hay bales, pumpkins and scarecrow decorations welcoming attendees to the event. County employees and local environmental organizations led activities educating the community on why recycling matters and how it can be practiced here in Prince William. A favorite activity was taking the tour of the landfill. The tour bus was full all day driving throughout the landfill giving families a chance to see waste management in action.
"What's humbling to me is that every year we can fill a circus tent with people for an education event about recycling," says Scott MacDonald, the county Recycling Manager, "We had 1,000 people come out last year which speaks to what the community here values."
Every day the average county resident produces 6.3 pounds of trash, and while the county recycles 36% of this waste, there is still a good portion of our landfill trash that could be diverted into recycling. At the current rate the landfill is expected to have capacity to operate until 2065. The county is always looking for new ways to innovate and increase recycling to extend the landfill's lifespan.
Puppeteers from the Good Life Theater performed at the event to encourage children to take responsibility for recycling. The pirate themed show spotlighted Captain Jack Spare Tire who led the audience in singing about the four "Arrrrrs" of waste reduction: "reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle". Read more and see more photos...
County Recycling Rate for 2016 is 36.8%
County Recycling Rate Increases -- First Time in Three Years
Prince William County achieved a recycle rate of 36.8% in 2016. The Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Recycling Office received confirmation from Virginia Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) of the County's Recycling Rate in July. (See report )
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires each city, county, town or region to maintain a minimum recycling rate. Based upon the criteria established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County exceeded its mandated 25% recycling rate again in 2016. This is slightly more than a 3% increase over the 2015 rate and marks a reversal in the decline of the County's recycling rate for the past several years.
The Donation Place @ The Landfill HAS Reopened
Located in the Citizens’ Convenience Area at the landfill, The Donation Drop Spot a.k.a. The Donation Place reopened on April 19 for the collection of a variety of reusable household items and clothing. The hours of collection at the landfill will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and an attendant will be there to assist you and provide a receipt. The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility will have bins available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for small household items and clothing. Check out the Buzz and visit our REUSE page for more information.
Prince William Solid waste division wins chamber business award for innovative partnerships
The Division's partnership with Prince William County Schools, Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department, Prince William area Boy Scouts, George Mason Environmental Science staff, Dominion Virginia Power and PWC Public Works Youth Ambassadors to build the Outdoor Discovery Trail was recognized as award worthy by the Prince William Chamber on February 28, 2017.
Prince William Resident Wins "I Recycle" pledge Contest
Alessandra is the K-12 Prize Winner for the 2016 " I Recycle" pledge drawing sponsored by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Alessandra won a $300 gift certificate and she requested that the $500 grant she won, be given to the Prince William Conservation Alliance to support its youth environmental program.
Alessandra took the pledge to increase her recycling back in October when she attended the annual Prince William Recycles Day event at the County Landfill with her Brownie troop. She was presented the certificate by Scott MacDonald, Prince William County Solid Waste Division Recycling Manager.
This is the fourth consecutive year that a winner has been selected from Prince William entrants.
prince William landfill gas TO energy IN THE NEWS
The CPWToday.com magazine for August 2016 features the award winning Prince William County Landfill. Check out this story and the accompanying video to discover the latest happenings and proposals for the future at this amazing site in Prince William County.
NEW Law Protects Sanitation Workers
June 17 is National Garbage Man Day and on May 17 the Prince William Board of County Supervisors issued a proclamation that declares June 17 as National Garbage Man Day in Prince William County. Prince William citizens and the business community are encouraged to recognize these workers for their important work during the week of June 13, 2016.
Read more about the County's recognition and the law . Watch the
Slow Down to Get Around PSA video by the National Waste and Recycling Association.
New Organic Waste Processing Facility Approved
Prince William Board of County Supervisors authorized an agreement with
LLC, a local agricultural services and production company, to construct and operate a new facility to process yard waste, food scraps and wood waste at the County’s Balls Ford Road composting facility.
American Flag Collection Center Open at the Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility
The American Flag Collection Center is a joint effort between the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run Districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and Prince William County Solid Waste Division.
This service is available to citizens and businesses.
Check out the valuable resources residents, businesses and apartment complexes put into the trash and ultimately the Prince William County landfill.
Fact: 70% of landfill waste is actually recyclable resources.