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Prince William Compost Awareness Day Promotes Food Recycling: Grow, Eat …COMPOST… Repeat

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The Prince William County Solid Waste Division and its partners, the Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Master Gardeners and Freestate Farms, will host a Compost Awareness Day event on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, located at 13000 Balls Ford Road in Manassas.

Volunteers from the Prince William Master Gardeners will share information on composting and gardening.  In addition, event visitors can drop off food scraps. Freestate Farms will provide a free compost sample, so residents are invited to bring a bucket.  Five-gallon buckets and compost bins are also available for purchase.

Compost adds carbon back into the soil, promotes erosion control and closes the loop by avoiding the loss of valuable organic resources. From on-farm composting and large-scale commercial composting facilities, to community composting and composting in backyards, this amazing resource provides an ecologically responsible option for managing organic materials.

The Balls Ford Road facility conducts commercial scale composting. Beginning in October 2021, yard waste will be collected separately from other trash and recycling. Residents can also bring yard waste—such as leaves brush and garden and hedge trimmings—as well as food scraps for recycling into compost. The compost that is produced at Balls Ford Road is purchased by the cubic yard at that facility or the County landfill.

Learn more about the new yard waste collection regulations, composting operations and other Solid Waste services on the County Trash and Recycling webpage.  Also visit www.NOVAComposts.com to learn more about composting and its benefits.

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