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Recycling Other Items

​​​​​​​Recycling Other Items


  • Battery Recycling

    • Residents using the Landfill or Balls Ford Road site must place batteries in designated bins.  Please place tape over the terminals (ends) of  household and rechargeable batteries, or place them in individual plastic bags to prevent the batteries from short circuiting and possibly resulting in a fire.
      Residents may also drop off nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion), small sealed lead (Pb) batteries and cell phones at retail locations throughout the community. Collection containers can be found at retailers such as Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, Sears and Best Buy.
      A list of collection sites and addresses can be found at


  • Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries

    • Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries can be recycled at Prince William County Solid Waste facilities.  See A to Z Disposal Guide for details and times.

  • Electronics Recycling

  • Flag Collection Center

    • The American Flag Collection Center at the Prince William County Landfill is now open. This service is available to citizens and businesses.
      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.
      The Collection Center is located at the Prince William County Landfill and is available during normal operating hours. The Collection Center may be staffed by Boy Scouts every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow citizens the opportunity to present their flags in person. Scouts will be prepared to demonstrate proper folding techniques and will be happy to personally fold a citizen’s flag for them. Scout staff will also answer general questions about flag etiquette and history. Citizens may also place folded flags in the special collection bin during unstaffed times.
      The program will provide a service where citizens and businesses can bring their torn, faded, worn and old American Flags. All flags received at the collection center will be picked up on a regular basis by local Boy Scout troops and will be distributed among the troops and local civic organizations such as the VFW and American Legion to be retired in their regularly scheduled Flag Retirement Ceremonies. All flags will be retired during a solemn, dignified ceremony.
      In accordance with the United States Flag Code, all appropriate flags will be burned during the ceremony in a manner consistent with the traditions of the responsible organization. Although most ceremonies are private, arrangements may be made to accommodate citizens interested in participating in a flag retirement ceremony.
      Citizens can follow the Flag Collection Center through it’s Facebook page, pwcflagcollection, or search for Prince William County Flag Collection Center. Flag collection results and other program information will be posted.
      For more information on the program, please contact program coordinator, David Byrne via email – or phone (703) 680-6060.
  • Freon and Automotive fluids

    • Residents can dispose of products with freon, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners at the landfill for recycling. The freon is safely removed by a licensed company. Businesses can also recycle appliances, but they must have the freon removed first and provide documentation that the freon has been removed before bringing the appliance to the landfill.
      Motor oil, oil filters and anti-freeze from residents accepted at the County Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility.
      See A to Z Disposal Guide for more details.

  • Glass Bottles and Jars

    • Glass bottles and jars can be brought to the landfill, compost facility, Ferrlazzo Buidling parking lot, or James Long Regional Park and placed in the purples bins for recycling/repurposing.   Glass bins-purple BFR.jpgDo not put drinking glasses, ceramics, cookware, incandescent light bulbs, mirrors or windows in the purple bins.  These items should be put in the trash, if they are not suitable for donation/reuse.

      Flourescent bulbs should be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste program for safe disposal.  See the A to Z Disposal Guide for more details.

  • Plastic Bags and Plastic Film

    • For plastic bag and film recycling collection locations throughout the community visit Plastic Film Recycling for a nearby drop location based on your zipcode.
      Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags*
      · furniture wrap
      · electronic wrap
      · plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)
      · plastic dry cleaning bags
      · plastic food storage bags (clean and dry) – (e.g. Ziploc® Bags)
      · plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include)
      · Tyvek® (peal or cut off labels)
      · plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible)
      · case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles)
      · All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4
      *Not all items are accepted at all drop-off locations. Please check with your local drop-off location to see what is accepted
      Plastic Items Not Accepted at drop-off locations:
      · NO frozen food bags
      · NO prewash salad bags
      · NO degradable bags


  • Scrap Metal

    • You can bring metal items such as appliances, car parts, bicycles, swing sets, mowers (fluids removed), metal pipes, metal fixtures, metal siding, chain, microwave ovens, sheet metal, tire rims, fencing, cable, etc. to the Prince William County Solid Waste facilites and possibly scrap metal recyclers.

      See A to Z Disposal Guide for more details.


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