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Recycling in Prince William County
  

Recycling

Recycling is good for the economy, creates jobs, saves energy, reduces water and air pollution, and conserves landfill space. It is easy and something we can all do everyday!

Recycling is mandatory for residents and businesses in Prince William County.  Currently, we recycle 34.6% of our waste.

Private refuse hauling services provide recycling collection as part of their services to residents and businesses. You may hire your own service or work through your Home Owners Association or property management firm.  You may also bring your recycling to the Citizens Convenience Center at the Landfill or Balls Ford Compost Facility.  Residents may also take recyclables to the Drop-off Trailers.

 

Recycling is changing!
Markets for recyclable materials have drastically changed over the past year.  Many of the items accepted in the past for recycling are no longer accepted.  Please pay particular attention to what you place in your recycling bin.  Remember to only recycle materials that are accepted at this time.  Other materials placed in the bin may cause the entire load to be rejected.  We are no longer accepting glass containers and plastics marked 3 through 7 (such as yogurt, margarine and other wide mouthed plastic containers). 
 
 

Materials Accepted for Recycling

  • Plastics bottles and jugs:  #1 and #2 containers with necks including soda, water, juice, milk and detergent containers.  Rinse out containers.  Bottle caps may be replaced after rinsing.  No bottles that previously contained hazardous materials (such as oil, flammable materials, chemicals, etc.).    
  • Aluminum and steel food and beverage cans and empty aerosol cans.   Empty and rinse out cans.
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper and paperboard boxes, such as cereal, cookie, cracker and tissue boxes.
  • Cardboard (flattened and cut down to sizes up to 2 ft. X 2 ft. in size if taking to the drop-off trailers.)  Please note: large boxes may be taken to the County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Do not include cardboard with food residue or plastic liners.  Also please discard packing materials such as styrofoam, air pillows and bubble wrap. 

We Do Not Accept

  • Plastic bags - accepted at most grocery stores
  • Glass containers and jars, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs or ceramics
  • Plastics 3 through 7 (such as yogurt, margarine and wide mouthed containers and buckets, styrofoam, bubble wrap, air pillows, etc.)

Click here for a useful flyer about what to recycle and not to recycle in our community. 

 

  • Scrap metal (we do not accept car bodies)
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Used oil filters 
  • Motor oil or antifreeze - store separately in clean container. Other fluids or solvents may be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste program.
  • Yard waste: grass, leaves, brush, branches and prunings. Food waste is not accepted from residents for composting/recycling
  • Flags for Boy Scouts to properly retire
  • Textiles (clothing and shoes)
 

Planning a special event?

The Department of Public Works offers recycling containers designed for collecting recyclables at special events. These containers are available for loan to community groups and non-profit organizations on a first-come first- served basis to promote recycling at events. There is no charge for this service. If your group is planning an event in Prince William County, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 703-792-4670. Click here for the Special Events Recycling Bin Agreement.

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