Prince William County residents are encouraged to bring yard waste, such as grass, leaves and small branches, to the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility (BFRC Facility). Residents may also bring food waste to this facility. The items that are accepted can be found using this link to Freestate Farms, the contractor that manages the composting operation. The facility is located at 13000 Balls Ford Rd. in Manassas near the intersection of Balls Ford Road and Wellington Road. You can contact the facility at (703) 792-8477 (TTY: 711).
Materials Accepted for Composting
Residents, refuse haulers, and commercial establishments may drop materials including leaves, grass, brush, logs (up to 24 inches in diameter and no more than four feet long), garden trimmings, and hedge trimmings. Yard waste can be delivered to this facility loose, or paper bags. Leaves brought in plastic bags must be emptied, and the plastic bags should be disposed of as regular trash in the trash receptacle. Other yard waste materials may be accepted with prior approval. Food waste is also accepted at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility.
The compost facility includes a Convenience Center for the collection of small amounts of household trash, recycling, bulky waste, and construction debris (up to regular sized pick-up truck load only). Household hazardous waste collection and electronics/computers recycling service is not available at the Balls Ford Road facility. The service is available the landfill on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents may purchase compost (sold by the cubic yard) at the Balls Ford Road facility and at the County landfill. Mulch is also available for sale by the cubic yard at both locations, as is topsoil. At each location, contractor staff will load products into residents' vehicles. Call (703) 542-4540 ext.1 (TTY: 711) for prices and availability. Prices for compost, mulch, and topsoil are subject to change by the contractor, Freestate Farms.
You can also compost at home!
Convenience center and facility hours of operation.
Freestate Farms advanced aerobic composting system in place at Balls Ford Road facility
An expansion at the Balls Ford Road Composting Facility has nearly tripled its capacity to produce compost. In addition to yard waste, the facility can recycle additional food waste using state-of-the-art equipment and processes.
The expansion of the facility, which was established in 1994, is a public partnership between Freestate Farms and Prince William County. Under an agreement, Freestate Farms, which has operated the facility since 2015, financed and expanded the operation without using any County funding. Read more and view Buzz video below.
Composting materials saves precious space at the landfill. Compost operations divert approximately 14 percent of the waste that would normally be sent to the landfill for disposal. Yard waste is composted into a useful soil amendment. This soil amendment helps enrich soil by adding nutrients and enhancing clay soils by creating spaces where air can flow through the clay. Looking for a good deal on mulch and compost? Try the County’s Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. County residents drop off of grass and leaves, as well as fruits and vegetable at the facility located at 13000 Balls Ford Road.
Note: For the latest compost and mulch prices, and product availability, call Freestate Farms (703) 542-4540 ext.1 (TTY: 711).
It’s going to be a couple of years in the making, but at the end, the county will have the capability to handle yard, food scraps, brush, wood and agricultural waste more efficiently at its Ball Ford Road composting facility.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently approved an agreement with Freestate Farms, a local agricultural services and production company, to build a new facility that will turn the organic waste into quality compost, fertilizer and mulch, said Prince William County’s Solid Waste Division Chief Tom Smith. Read more about the beginning of the County's accelerated organic waste processing partnership.