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Household Hazardous Waste


Household Hazardous Waste Collection 



Prince William County residents are urged to properly dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and to recycle electronics at the PWC Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Residents are limited to 15 gallons or 40 pounds of HHW disposal per visit. 
There is no charge to County residents for this service.  We do not accept hazardous waste from commercial users, businesses or residents in the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.   
HHW collections will be held in tandem with the electronic recycling program.  See the Location & Hours page for the most current information on dates and times.
Please bring identified hazardous materials from your home in the original labeled container.  Residential materials accepted include:
swimming pool chemicals
cleaning fluids/polishes
oven cleaners
photography chemicals
silver cleaners
paint thinners
aerosol cans
paints (latex & oil)
chemistry kits
driveway sealers
rodent controls
ant bait/traps
mineral spirits
drain cleaners
propane tanks (less 20lbs)
pet supplies
spray paint cans
automotive parts cleaner
flammable waxes
flammable abrasives
battery acid
yard care products
Be sure containers are sealed and packaged for safe transport. Call 703-792-5750 to discuss other products in your home with labels listing special disposal cautions or recommendations.
The PWC Landfill accepts used motor oil, used antifreeze, auto batteries and household batteries daily during normal landfill hours. The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility also accepts used motor oil, used antifreeze and household batteries during normal operating hours.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED include explosives, ammunition, medical waste, unused medication, biological waste, asbestos, radioactive waste or unknown substances and business waste.
Caution: Look for safe alternatives to household hazardous waste - improper disposal of potentially hazardous household products can pollute the environment or injure collection workers. Do not pour hazardous waste down a drain. It can damage a septic system, and treatment plants are not designed to handle hazardous substances. 
Tips for handling potentially hazardous materials:
  • Look for safe alternatives.
  • Read labels carefully and follow directions.
  • Know what to do in case of an emergency or accident.
  • Buy only the amount you need; don’t buy more just because it is a bargain.
  • Dispose of the leftover material as directed by the instructions; use the County program, since we have a licensed disposal firm handling collection and disposal.
  • Don’t pour hazardous materials into your sink or down storm drains.
  • Don't place it in the trash -- the material could leak.
  • Store the material properly -- well out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Be sure materials are in safe and spill-proof containers in a well-ventilated area.
  • If you break a thermometer or light bulb containing mercury, the EPA has tips on safe removal.
  • Call Public Works at (703) 792- 5750 for specific questions.


Area hazardous waste service providers include:

Universal Waste, which are materials that contain mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel and other substances that are considered hazardous to human and environmental health, require special handling.  You can learn more about universal waste, legal requirements, handling and disposal and local service providers:




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