Provided by Prince William County
Once you get that new flat screen with HD, 3D and 1080p resolution or replace your old desk top with the latest 6GB memory, 1TB hard drive laptop, don’t leave those old electronics around the house to collect dust and take up space. Technology changes rapidly and it can be tough to find a new home for old electronics, also known as e-waste. However, Prince William residents can safely and easily dispose of these outdated e-dinosaurs at no charge at one of the Solid Waste Division’s two Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Centers. The Prince William County Landfill is located at 14811 Dumfries Road in the Independent Hill area of Manassas and accepts e-waste and Household Hazardous Waste on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility is located at 13000 Balls Ford Road near Gainesville and accepts household hazardous waste and e-waste items for proper disposal or recycling on the second Saturday of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
E-waste can be dangerous when dispose of improperly due to toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead and corrosive chemicals. These substances can cause serious damage when they are disposed of in the trash and subsequently end up in the landfill. Toxins can seep into nearby groundwater and cause serious harm to individuals, as well as the environment.
Prince William residents can bring up to three electronic items and up to 40 pounds or 15 gallons of household hazardous waste items like fluorescent bulbs, lawn and garden chemicals and paint to this convenient drive through service. Other resources for recycling electronics, like Best Buy, can be found on the Solid Waste Division webpages, www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling.
In addition to the e-waste and household hazardous waste residents can also bring other items that are not collected at curbside like car batteries, oil and antifreeze, even household batteries, to the Prince William County Solid Waste facilities during regular hours of operation every day. PWL In fact, bringing used rechargeable batteries to Prince William County Solid Waste facilities in February could win you a $250 gift card from Call2Recycle’s National Battery Day, Lead the Charge campaign.
While you are cleaning out your basement, garage or around your property this spring, the landfill facility may have just the place for you to properly dispose of or recycle the unwanted items you discover. Old clothing and shoes may be suitable for the textile bins; small household appliances that work and are still in good condition might be brought to the Donation Place @ Landfill; non-working lawnmowers and weed whackers, or other engine operated items drained of fluids can be brought to the landfill to be recycled with scrap metal. Even yard waste and grass clippings may be brought to either facility to be composted for a more environmentally friendly disposal compared to being wasted in the garbage.
The Solid Waste Division provides a variety of services to make the safe and proper disposal of unwanted household items easy and convenient for Prince William County residents. In most cases, these services are free of charge. So, make a plan to declutter, discard and dispose of trash, recyclables and potentially hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible manner at either Prince William County Solid Waste “one stop waste shop” facility.
To learn more about what you can do to reduce waste or how to handle items properly, please visit the Solid Waste Division’s website at www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling or call us at (703) 792-4670.