Prince William Compost Awareness Day

Featuring WTOP's Garden Guru Mike McGrath and

Local Gardening Experts​
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Saturday, April 26

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Facility
Click here for details.



Community Shredding

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Saturday, May 10,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prince William County Landfill and

Balls Ford Road Compost Facility

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Prince William County Landfill Gas Generates Electricity

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Officials from Fortistar, NOVEC, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, PW County Government, PW County citizens and US EPA witness the formal opening of the new energy plant.


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Tom Smith, Solid Waste Division Chief "flips the switch" on a iPad to start one of the three new engines. Fortistar's Mark Comora, Tom Bruun, Director of PW County Department of Public Works and Board of County Supervisor Martin E. Nohe look on.
Managing Trash and Recycling in the Community
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the trash and recycled materials generated in our community. We take this responsibility very seriously. Each member of our staff works diligently to: 
  • reduce the amount of waste for our landfill
  • safely handle and dispose of hazardous materials 
  • operate a safe and environmentally friendly landfill 
  • find economical and practical ways to manage trash 
Simply stated, our mission is to make a meaningful contribution to improve the quality of life for our residents, and to protect and preserve our natural environment.
Only residents and businesses in Prince William County, the towns of Dumfries, Occoquan, Haymarket and Quantico may use the Prince William County Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility.  
Only residents of Prince William County may use the Weekly Saturday Collection Program at Nokesville Elementary and Evergreen Fire Station. 
Please note:
  • There is no charge for Prince William m County residents to drop off trash, recyclables or yard waste. 
  • Town residents from Dumfries, Occoquan, Haymarket and Quantico pay $5 per visit for up to 200 pounds of refuse.
  • Proof of residency, such as the Residential User Decal, personal property tax receipt, real estate tax receipt or valid driver's license, is required.   
In addition, only refuse haulers with a permit issued by Prince William County Department of Public Works may use County facilities.   
Prince William County uses many innovative and progressive programs to manage our Landfill.  One example is capturing landfill decomposition gases.  These collected gases are used to provide electricity for about 2000 households and heat for onsite facilities.  
The Solid Waste Division has received a number of awards for its innovative and environmentally sound practices.  In April 2013 the division earned the Governor’s Gold Award for  Environmental Excellence.  We are also proud to say the Prince William County Landfill was awarded the prestigious E4 Virginia Environmental Excellence Program by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on April 12, 2011. We are the only E4 landfill in the state of Virginia.
All programs are funded through a Solid Waste Management Fee
Citizens Have a Voice!
A Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Group (SWCAG) also offers public input and inquiry into the operation of our solid waste management facilities and programs. This group typically meets the third Thursday of the month and visitors are always welcome. Call 703-792-5758 or 5750 or 6254 for details.
 SWCAG Meeting Minutes:

 Recycles Day and Paper Shred PhotosPhotos by Katherine Ransom

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Join Prince William County's TeamSort -- the Team dedicated to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We need your enthusiastic participation in this effort to bring recycling and waste reduction home (and to the office).  Be a champ and help make waste reduction and recycling a winning part of our community!


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Check out this video of the latest materials that can be recycled in Prince William County.




 News & Events


   Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Compost Awareness Day Event

Featuring Garden Guru Mike McGrath
Saturday, April 26,  2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Facility

Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community Shredding Events

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prince William County Landfill
Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Facility
Click here for guidelines.


  County Contracts with LEEP to Extend Landfill Life

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has approved a Phase One Agreement with LEEP Holdings, LLC (LEEP) of Vienna, Virginia to develop a Waste Conversion Demonstration Project at the Prince William County Landfill. Continue reading...

LEEP Project Details--

County Enters Agreement to Recycle Solid Waste, Extending Life of Landfill


 Read about Prince William's "Greenest" Attraction

County Recycling Rate
Increases to 41.3%
County Continues to
Exceed State Mandate
Prince William County achieved a recycle rate of 41.3% in 2012.  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 June. This was an increase from the 2011 recycling rate of 40.7%.
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires each city, county, town or region to maintain a minimum recycling rate.  It is 25% for Prince William County.  Based upon the criteria established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County exceeded the mandated recycling rate again this year. 








 Contact Us

Solid Waste Management Division
5 County Complex Court,
Suite 250
Prince William, VA 22192
Phone: 703-792-4670
Fax: 703-792-4617