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Glass, Batteries and Other Items

Battery Recycling

Battery bins at PW Landfill

Residents using the Landfill or Balls Ford Road site must place regular household and rechargeable batteries, including nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion), small, sealed lead (Pb) batteries in designated bins. Please place tape over the terminals or place them in individual plastic bags to prevent the batteries from short circuiting and possibly resulting in a fire.

In addition to disposal of batteries at Solid Waste facilities, residents may also drop 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 also be found at http://www.call2recycle.org.

Cell Phones

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

Residents can recycle electronics through the County's Electronics Recycling program or a private firm.

See A to Z Disposal Guide for more details.

Flag Collection Center

The American Flag Collection Center at the Prince William County Landfill is now open. This service is available to residents 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.

A collection center is located at the County Landfill and the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Users may bring torn, faded, worn or old American flags that have been folded and place them in the special collection bin during normal operating hours for the facility.

All flags received at the collection center will be picked up on a regular basis by local Boy Scout troops and distributed among the troops and local civic organizations such as the VFW and American Legion to be retired in a Flag Retirement Ceremony. All flags are 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.

Residents 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 – [email protected] 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 are 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, jugs and jars can be brought to the landfill, compost facility, Ferrlazzo Building parking lot, or James Long Regional Park and placed in the purples bins for recycling/repurposing. Other purple bin locations are available in Northern Virginia.

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Do 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.

Florescent 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

These items are not accepted for recycling at the County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Find a convenient plastic bag and film recycling collection location in the community at a grocery store or retailer, using a zip code.

Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags*

These items are not accepted for recycling at the County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Find a convenient plastic bag and film recycling collection location in the community at a grocery store or retailer, using a zip code.

Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film at these special drop-off locations. 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® (remove 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

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. may be brought to the Prince William County Solid Waste facilities and possibly scrap metal recyclers.

See A to Z Disposal Guide for more details.