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Recycling in Prince William

RECYCLING CHANGES IN EFFECT

With changes to the markets that buy recycled materials, Prince William County has made changes to the materials collected for recycling.  See the County's current recycling guide to learn what should be placed in the recycling bin and what must go to the landfill. Recycling only the required items, helps ensure recycling is successful in the community. 

RECYCLING

Recycling is good for the economy, creates jobs, saves energy, reduces water and air pollution, and conserves landfill space. It is easy and something all Prince William County residents can do every day!

Recycling is mandatory for residents and businesses in Prince William County. Generally, the County recycles about 35% of our waste.

Private refuse hauling services provide recycling collection as part of their services to residents and businesses. Residents, businesses hire their own collection service provider, or work through their homeowner’s association or property management firm. Recyclable material may also be brought Convenience Center at the Landfill or Balls Ford Compost Facility. Residents may also take recyclables to the Drop-off Trailers located around the County.

MATERIALS ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING

Please pay particular attention to what you place in recycling bins. Remember to only recycle materials that are accepted at this time. Other materials placed in the bin may cause the entire load to be rejected.

  • Plastics bottles, jars and jugs: #1 and #2 containers with necks including soda, water, juice, milk and detergent containers. Rinse out containers. Bottle caps may be replaced after rinsing. No bottles that previously contained hazardous materials (such as motor oil, flammable materials, chemicals, etc.).
  • Aluminum and steel food and beverage cans and empty aerosol cans. Empty and rinse out cans.
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper and paperboard boxes, such as cereal, cookie, cracker and tissue boxes.
  • Cardboard (flattened and cut down to sizes up to 2 ft. X 2 ft. in size if taking to the drop-off trailers.) Please note large boxes may be taken to the County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. Do not include cardboard with food residue or plastic liners. Also discard packing materials such as Styrofoam, air pillows and bubble wrap.

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING (in regular bins)

  • No plastic bags - most grocery stores accept this item for recycling.
  • No glass items.  Glass bottles, jugs and jars may be placed in purple bins located at Solid Waste facilities and other locations in the County.  Window glass, mirrors, light bulbs or ceramics items must be placed in the trash. 
  • No plastics #3 - #7 (such as yogurt, margarine and wide mouthed containers and buckets, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, air pillows, etc.) See A to Z Disposal Guide for other options, or place these materials in the trash.

 

The County's current recycling guide of do's and don'ts is also available  in Spanish/disponible en español. 
Learn
 what should be placed in the recycling bin and what must go to the landfill. 

 

SPECIALTY RECYCLING

Residents may drop off the following items for recycling at the Landfill and Balls Ford Road facility during regular business hours. Please do not place these items in the blue recycling trailers or regular curbside recycling bins.

  • Scrap metal (car bodies are not accepted)
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Used oil filters
  • Motor oil or antifreeze - store separately in clean container. Other fluids or solvents may be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste program.
  • Yard waste: grass, leaves, brush, branches and pruning
  • Flags (Boy Scouts' flag retirement project)
  • Food waste is accepted at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility from residents for composting.

 

PLANNING A SPECIAL EVENT?

The Solid Waste Division offers recycling containers designed for collecting recyclables at special events. These containers are available for loan to community groups and non-profit organizations on a first-come first-served basis to promote recycling at events. There is no charge for this service. If your group is planning an event in Prince William County, please contact the Solid Waste Division at (703) 792-4670 (TTY:711).

 

 

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