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Compost Awareness Day
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
Connaughton Plaza, Woodbridge, VA


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Drug Take Back Program
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
Various Locations (no collection at Landfill or Balls Ford Road)

Prince William Locations: Sentra Lake Ridge, Novant Haymarket, Novant Prince William


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May Paper Shred
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Landfill and Balls Ford Road


2017 America Recycles Day pledge card winner

CongratulatiMaria Gearheart 2017 ARD k-12 winner snip.JPGons 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. PUPPET_SHOW24.JPG

"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.

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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 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

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Congratulations Alessandra! 

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. 

Recycling Pays!



prince William landfill gas TO energy IN THE NEWS

The 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.

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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 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 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.


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



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