The Department of Public Works operates the approximately 1000-acre Sanitary Landfill. Through the wise use of this space, we can ensure the community has a place to dispose of waste for the next 50 years. We strive to extend the life of the landfill through strategies to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
Services and Programs
- A full-service trash disposal area
- Recycling services
- A place to drop-off used motor oil, anti-freeze and car batteries
- A yard waste disposal area and the processing and sale of mulch, compost and topsoil
- A scrap metal area for large metal items which will be recycled
The Donation Place is opened and staffed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Located in the Citizens’ Convenience Area, The Donation Place is in space formerly known as “Too Good To Waste” and will be accessible for drop offs only. Customers may no longer take items from this facility.
You can also call 703-792-4670 for additional information.
- Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics Recycling Facility – open for residents only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Click for a listing of other HHW recycling centers in the community.)
Specific Programs and Special Considerations
- Neither the Landfill nor the Ball Ford Road Facility accepts large quantities of sharps and needles as part of the household hazardous waste collection. However, we do accept sharps and needles from private citizens only
at the Landfill during regular operating hours. Bring needles to the checkpoint at the Citizen Convenience Area where you will be directed to a designated container. Sharps and needles are not accepted at the Balls Ford Road Facility at any time.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
provides guidelines for safe disposal of medical waste at home and more information on Safe Disposal of Needles
Tires - Up to four (4) tires (no commercial truck or oversized tires) are accepted from residents at no charge. For more than four tires there is a charge of $2.00 per tire. Loads of more than 10 tires will be weighed and charged the appropriate per ton fee. Businesses must pay for disposal of all tires.
Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) - The County limits C&D disposal at the landfill because it is bulky and takes up a large amount of space. By restricting construction debris, the County can save valuable space for future municipal disposal needs. The Solid Waste Fee does not include disposal of large amounts of construction and demolition debris.
Businesses and contractors may drop off small amounts of C&D up to a regular-size pickup truck (2.5 cubic yards) load for $25.00. Payment can be made by cash (no bills larger than $20), credit card or check. Call 703-792-5750 to get more information about disposing of large amounts of construction and demolition debris at other landfills. Violations carry penalties and fines.
PWC residents may dispose of small amounts of Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) from home improvement projects. There is no charge for regular size pick-up truck loads.
A Builder's Guide to Reuse & Recycling has been published by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). This guide also contains information about why you should recycle, the basics of C&D recovery, tips for job site collection, etc. Businesses and contractors may also consult the Internet or phone book for a list of C&D disposal facilities in the area.