The Department of Solid Waste Offers some helpful fall foliage removal tips…
As summer gives way to fall and trees give up their beautiful leaves, Prince William County citizens can collect and recycle
nutrient rich leaves by starting backyard compost. The resulting humus like material can be used to enrich garden soil and
improve lawn and soil quality.
Prince William residents can purchase a compost bin from the Solid Waste administrative office or Balls Ford Road
Compost Facility for $25 and start a backyard compost pile. Compost bins are also available at most local lawn and garden
For information and publications on backyard composting and its numerous benefits visit the Virginia Cooperative
Extension website www.ext.vt.edu and http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/HORT/HORT-49/HORT-49-PDF.pdf.
Citizens can also bag their leaves and bring them to Prince William County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Yard Waste
Compost Facility free of charge and the facility will compost them. There is no limit on the number of bags, but citizens are
requested to empty leaves and yard waste from the bags into the containers marked yard waste. Bulkier items such as trees,
stumps, logs may be accepted in limited quantities at the discretion of the Solid Waste Superintendent.
So whether you decide to compost at home or bring it to a County facility for composting, the good news
is that leaves and other yard waste with beneficial nutrients are recycled and returned to the garden or
landscape. Plus, valuable nutrients that can be used to help enrich our soil, beautify the lawns and
gardens in our communities and promote a healthier environment are not wasted, buried in the landfill —
reducing landfill capacity.
The Prince William County Landfill is located at 14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112 and the hours of
operation are: Monday – Saturday and Holidays* 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility is located at 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas,
VA 20109. Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday and Holidays* 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Solid Waste Administration Office is located at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 250. Hours of
operation are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays.