Yard Waste

Yard Waste Collection March-December

Yard Waste in labeled cans and bags

On Dec. 15, 2020, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously approved changes to Chapter 22 (Refuse) of the County Code.  The key change is the mandatory separation and collection of yard waste.  Yard waste collection is seasonal and will run March through December.

Beginning October 2021, residents, businesses, and landscapers in Prince William County will be required to separate yard waste from the regular trash for disposal.  Yard waste must be placed in compostable paper yard waste bags or loose in a  personal container labeled “Yard Waste.”  Labels are available at the Prince William County Landfill and the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, however, self made labels are also acceptable. 

Yard waste will be composted at the County’s newly expanded Balls Ford Road Compost Facility instead of being buried in the County landfill.  

Christmas Trees will be collected the first two full weeks of January, as a part of the yard waste collection program.   

Yard waste material brought to solid facilities must be in yard waste paper bags, or emptied loose in a yard waste designated area.

No yard waste in plastic bags, please. 

Plastic Bag with Red Slash -No Plastic Bags

Yard Waste preparation information sheet is available in English and Spanish. 

Additional questions? Check out the Yard Waste FAQs


Yard waste paper bags, can and bundle
Yard Waste includes: * Containers and Preparation: **

· Leaves, plants, flowers

· Grass clippings

· Wood chips

· Shrub, tree and yard trimmings

· Christmas trees (First two full weeks of January, only)

· Paper yard waste bags

· Containers labeled “Yard Waste”

· Bundle and tie sticks and branches

· No plastic bags

* No root balls, stumps, trees or branches exceeding 6“ in diameter and 4’ in length. ** No bags or containers more than 50 pounds (unless, being mechanically lifted).



Grasscyclling and composting are natural ways.


Instead of bagging up valuable nutrients, consider grasscycling. When you grasscycle, you leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose naturally. lawmower no bag 2.jpgGrasscycling improves the overall quality of your lawn and can provide the nutrient equivalent of up to one fertilizer application. In addition, grasscycling also saves time and water because the clippings help to hold moisture on your lawn.


Composting is nature’s recycling, and it is a great technique to use for managing waste from the lawn and garden. Composting is a natural process, which speeds up the natural decomposition of organic matter (e.g., grass, leaves, garden debris, food waste, etc.).  Composting “recycles” organic matter into a valuable soil amendment called compost. Instead of bagging up leaves, grass clippings and other garden waste—try composting. 


Mow leaves with a bagging mower.  This reduces the volume of leaves and reduces the number of bags or containers needed.    Place mowed leaves in a yard waste paper bag, or container for  curb-side collection, or transport to the  yard waste facility.