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Trash & Recycling
Trash & Recycling

With changes to the markets that buy recycled materials, we must change what we recycle in Prince William County.  Learn what should be recycled and what must now go to the landfill.  When we recycle only these items, we can ensure recycling is successful for our community.  Learn more by clicking here.

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 Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling and the  Weekly Saturday Collection Program.

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 5000 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 EnvironmCitizen Guide Jan 2014.JPGental Quality on April 12, 2011. We are the only E4 landfill in the state of Virginia. Click here to take a virtual landfill tour.

All programs are funded through a Solid Waste Management Fee.  The Prince William County Resident's Guide to Solid Waste Management Services provides details about ongoing programs and services of the Solid Waste Division.


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 703-792-5750 or 703-792-6254 for details.

SWCAG Meeting Minutes


Contact Us

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


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