The Pittsylvania County Department of Public Works operates Pittsylvania County's 450-acre landfill that is available to County residents and is utilized for the disposal of all trash that comes from the Pittsylvania County convenience centers. The Board of Supervisors has made strategic investments in maintaining the landfill and directed County staff to increase the landfill's efficiency. With just Pittsylvania County trash, the landfill would have an expected 150-year lifespan.
- What are the recycle options at the convenience centers?
All large box convenience centers will eventually have recycling containers for Mixed Paper (cardboard, newspaper & magazines), Aluminium, and Type 1 & 2 Plastics. If the container is full when you arrive you may dispose of these items in the compactor or hold on to them until we are able to refresh the container. Note: If you place items on the ground, you may be ticketed for littering.
- What plastics can I recycle?
We accept Types 1 and 2 plastics at our convenience centers. Recyclable plastics will have a small triangle located usually near the bottom of the container with a number in the middle. If it has a triangle with a number 1 or 2, it is accepted. All other plastics should be disposed of with normal household garbage.
- What are my options for brush and yard debris disposal?
Brush and yard debris are accepted at the landfill. We have a designated area for brush located away from regular household garbage to prevent mixing of the two.
- Why can’t I dispose of brush and yard debris at convenience centers?
Vegetative debris is very bulky and would take up a lot of space in our collection boxes. This would result in additional truck trips for each site. For the same reason, the County does not bury brush or other vegetative debris in our landfill. Using our valuable landfill space for material that can be disposed of in other manners and making extra trips to our convenience centers adds an unnecessary cost burden to the citizens.
- What are my options for tire disposal?
Tires are accepted at the landfill. They are placed in a designated area away from household garbage until being transferred to a recycling facility. The cost is $3 per tire, and the tire must be removed from the rim.
- Why can’t I dispose of my tires at convenience centers?
Tires are not accepted at the County convenience centers because County staff would need to separate them from regular household trash. If mixed with trash and then buried in the landfill, whole tires occupy large volumes of landfill space. They do not readily compact and can flex back to the surface after burial. The only way a tire won’t migrate toward the surface is if you shred it. The County does not currently have the ability to shred tires, therefore they are stored in a designated area until they can be delivered to an appropriate facility to be shredded and recycled. Mixing tires in with household garbage adds an unnecessary cost burden to the citizens and creates safety issues for landfill personnel.
- Why can't I dispose of liquids at County convenience centers?
Collection boxes are not sealed containers; therefore, liquids placed in containers may spill from the container onsite and during transport. This would cause a risk to citizens and the environment.
- How do I properly dispose of paints / stains?
Remove the lid and let it sit out of the weather. You can also pour the paint over a piece of wood and allow the liquid to completely dry. Once it solidifies, it is allowed to be disposed of at any large box convenience center or landfill.
- How do I get rid of oils? (Engine, Transmission, Hydraulic, Cooking, etc.)
Oils are accepted at the Pittsylvania County landfill. Notify the scale’s attendant, so they can direct you to the storage area. Large drums must be scheduled so we can ensure proper handling. Call (434) 432-7980 and select Option 1 to coordinate delivery.
- Can deer be disposed of at the convenience centers?
Any animal processed for food can be disposed of at the convenience centers. All organs must be removed, and carcass drained of fluids. Please bag remains as you would regular household garbage. All other animals (livestock, deceased pets, roadkill, etc.) must be taken to the Pittsylvania County landfill.
382 Rainbow Lane, Dry Fork, VA 24549
Tipping Fee: $41 per ton
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pilot Convenience Centers:
Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Using the Landfill to Generate Revenue
When it comes to solid waste disposal, Pittsylvania County is in a unique position compared to many of our neighboring localities. While the surrounding cities and counties either have landfills with short lifespans or contract hauling companies to export their trash.
But the costs of operating a landfill of this scale are very significant. Aside from the annual operating costs of nearly $1.4 million, roughly $7.8 million in capital expenses are already on the horizon at the landfill over the next five years, regardless of the amount of outside trash coming in. Those costs include the purchase of two large pieces of equipment totalling over $1.3 million, as well as roughly $6 million to close the current cell and expand into a new section of the landfill.
Solid waste collections, which includes the convenience centers, also costs just over $2 million annually to operate. The $120 annual Solid Waste Fee is used to cover the general operating costs of both the landfill and the convenience centers, but the revenue from the Fee doesn't cover capital expenses. That's why Pittsylvania County has agreed to generate revenue by bringing in solid waste from surrounding localities. These new revenue streams from contracts will cover the majority of upcoming capital costs. Without the solid waste fee and outside revenue, Pittsylvania County would be required to either incur significant debt, raise taxes and fees, or reduce investments in other critical areas like public safety and education.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the landfill accepting trash from our neighbors?
The Pittsylvania County Landfill is accepting trash from neighboring localities as a way to cover upcoming expenses so that our citizens don't bear the costs. Without the revenue coming from other localities, the $6 million cost of moving into the next cell of the landfill—a lengthy and necessary process—would be covered by increased taxes or fees or through debt. Pittsylvania County leaders decided that utilizing the landfill to cover some of those capital costs is the best financial option.