By Roger LeBlanc
As the days get longer, and the weather gets warmer – many families will head into their basements, garages and closets to carry out spring cleaning. Cleaning out unneeded belongings opens up space in your home, allows you to reorganize, and it feels great. Several services available at the Prince William County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility allow you to part with these items properly and efficiently so that you not only keep your home clean, but also our environment.
Many items are candidates for the Donation Drop Spot. Not only will your household items be repurposed and reused, but also revenue generated supports the National Children’s Center, which creates services for developmentally disabled youth in the Washington metro area. The Donation Drop Spot accepts clothing and household items such as glassware and dishes, small furniture, and small appliances. Attendants are available to assist donors and provide receipts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily at the County Landfill.
In today’s fast changing digital age, it would be no surprise if you find unused or outdated devices in your storage spots. Items such as ink cartridges, computers, cables, phones, televisions, and VCR sets can all be recycled at the County landfill or the Balls Ford Road Facility. Recycling electronic waste can recover valuable materials for creating new devices and keep toxins out of our soil and water supply.
Certain items (such as paint thinners, varnishes, herbicides and more) should be disposed of with special care because they can harm the health of humans and pets, and also be potent environmental pollutants. Strong cleaning products can also damage your septic systems if they are poured down the drain. County residents can properly dispose of these materials at no cost. Household hazardous waste should be brought in a well-sealed and originally labeled container, and the county’s licensed disposal contractor will handle collection and disposal.
Household hazardous waste and electronic recycling collection are available on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the landfill and the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Balls Ford Road facility. For more information about proper trash disposal and recycling in Prince William County, please visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling.