Town of Herndon partners with Prince William County for composting services

Town of Herndon government offices (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Ever since Loudoun Composting closed its yard waste facility last June, the Town of Herndon has been on the look for a new regional partner to process its organic materials.

At a Herndon Town Council work session on Feb. 21, the town formalized an agreement with Prince William County to sent its waste to a compost facility in Manassas.

The facility has been owned by Prince William since 1994, and the composting portion is operated by a private company through a contract with the county.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement on Jan. 17. The county has similar agreements with Arlington and Fairfax counties.

“This is to essentially make it a more formal agreement,” said Tammy Chastain, deputy director of Herndon’s public works department.

Chastain said the town has been shifting its organic materials since July. The Loudoun facility closed because the property it was located on was sold.

The cost of the service will depend on the amount of yard waste picked up from residents, Chastain said. She noted that the cost of the Prince William facility is comparable to the cost of the Loudoun facility.

“Even though we go a little bit further, I think the cost is pretty darn close,” Chastain said.

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