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The Prince William County Landfill, 14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas, will host Prince William Recycles Day on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. While enjoying “edutainment,” participants can learn how generators use trash gas to make green electricity for homes and businesses served by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). Organizers say the day will be a “free, fall, family fun event” that also includes games, activities, prizes, face painting, free food, music, and landfill tours.

Making Electricity from Trash

During the landfill tour, visitors will learn how approximately 100 extraction wells across the landfill capture gas — about 50% methane — from decomposing trash and organic waste. The gas flows through underground pipes to five engines, which use the gas to generate renewable energy for NOVEC’s 170,000 members, an animal shelter, school bus garage, and fleet-maintenance shop.

“The landfill’s electricity program is just one of many things that amaze and interest Prince William Recycles Day attendees when they take the landfill tour,” says Deborah Campbell, communications specialist for the county’s Solid Waste Division.

America Recycles Day

The Prince William County Solid Waste Division has hosted the annual recycling education event since 1995 as part of America Recycles Day.

“We encourage Prince William residents to attend this family friendly event to learn about the recycling changes in Prince William County and how recycling, reusing, and reducing waste helps the environment and the economy,” Campbell says.

Visit pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling to learn more about Prince William Recycles Day activities.

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