Recycling Solar Panels

Recycling Solar Panels


The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) launched a Solar Panel Recycling program. Initially a pilot project starting in November 2022, this initiative offers a responsible method for residents to dispose of solar panels, contributing to a greener planet.

The pilot phase of the program was time for DPWES and its vendor, Securis, to refine the recycling process, focusing on how to dismantle the panels and find solutions for the materials involved, such as glass recycling and the recovery of precious metals. During this time, Securis was directly accepting a limited quantity of solar panels from both residential and commercial entities within the County for testing, at no cost to the County.

Fairfax County is now actively accepting solar panels from residents for recycling. The transition from pilot to full-scale implementation demonstrates the County's commitment to sustainability and responsible waste management. Residents can bring their solar panels to either the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex Electronics Recycling area during regular hours. This service is exclusively for the disposal of residential solar panels and does not include pickup services.