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Have an old, faded or torn American flag and don’t know what to do with it?

On June 14, Flag Day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for the new American Flag Collection Center at the Prince William County Landfill on Va. 234.

The collection center, led by Scout Leader Dave Byrne, is a joint effort between the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and Prince William County Solid Waste Division.

The collection center will be available during normal operating hours so residents can place folded or unfolded flags in a special bin.

The center also will be staffed by Boy Scouts every second and fourth Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow residents to present their flags in person. Scouts will be prepared to demonstrate proper folding techniques and personally fold residents’ flags for them. Scout staff will also answer general questions about flag etiquette and history.

The aim of the program is to provide a service where citizens and businesses a way to properly dispose of their torn, faded, worn and old American Flags.

All flags received at the collection center will be picked up on a regular basis by local Boy Scout troops and will be distributed among the troops and local civic organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion to be retired in their regularly scheduled flag retirement ceremonies. In accordance with the United States Flag Code, all appropriate flags will be burned during the ceremony in a manner consistent with the traditions of the responsible organization.

Although most ceremonies are private, arrangements may be made to accommodate residents interested in participating in a flag retirement ceremony.

American flags made of nylon are not appropriate for burning to prevent the release of toxic fumes that result from proper burning. These flags may be recycled by companies specializing in recycling American flags. Other flags may be accepted and either be recycled or retired in an appropriate manner.

Donations to support the program can be made through Keep Prince William Beautiful’s website, and note the donation is for the flag collection center.

For more information on the program, coordinator David Byrne by email at or by calling 703-680-6060.


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