Recycling changes are taking effect in Prince William County.
Glass and certain plastic containers will no longer be accepted through curbside collection.
Revised regulations enforced by some countries, including China, are leading to the change.
“You’re paying more now to process recycling than you are to dispose of waste in the landfill or waste energy facility,” the county’s Public Works Solid Waste Division Chief Tom Smith said in a release. “It’s created a burden on our local haulers, who are facing increased costs.”
Most glass that’s disposed of in the recycling bins goes to the landfill after it’s processed by the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
Removing glass from curbside collection can cut costs hauling companies must pay the facility.
Starting in mid- or late-April, county officials will begin accepting glass at bins that will be located at the Prince William County Landfill, 14811 Dumfries Road in Manassas, and the Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road in Manassas.
It will be brought to a crushing facility and used for construction work.
The county is going to continue recycling various materials, including cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
Residents are asked to make sure that the items they put in containers are empty, clean and dry.
They shouldn’t be placed in plastic bags, which can be recycled at grocery stores.
More information about trash and recycling is available on the county’s website.