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 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.


 SCS Engineering Study 2014

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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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Old electronics require proper disposal. Check out this video short and see  . . .



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




 News & Events


Compost Awareness Day

 Curious about Compost?

Free Event
Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Balls Ford Road Compost Facilty 
 Event highlights include:
·         Presentations by Barbara Pleasants, award-winning garden writer and author of The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
·         Composting Your Kitchen Waste with Worms demo by VA Cooperative Extension-PW Master Gardeners, 10:30 a.m.
·         Trees and shrubs: Plant it right, Mulch it right, demo by VA Cooperative Extension-PW Master Gardeners, 12:30 p.m.
·         Composting exhibits and information
·         Compost and Compost bin sale
·         Plant sale-Brentsville High School, Future Farms of America club
·         Prince William County Mosquito and Forest Pest Management
·         Prince William County Environmental Services
·         Door prizes


Community Paper Shreds 2015

May 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 31, 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

Two Locations:  Prince William County Landfill and Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility.

See guidelines and restrictions.



New Organic Waste Processing Facility Approved

Prince William Board of County Supervisors authorized an agreement with Freestate Farms 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

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.


What a Waste--PW County Landfill Waste Composition Study

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.
SCS Engineers Study July 2014

County Recycling Rate 40.5%

County Continues to  Exceed
State Mandate
Prince William County achieved a recycle rate of 40.5% in 2013.  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 is a  decline from the 2012 recycling rate of 41.3%.
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 2013.  Read More...

 Contact Us

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