Animal Carcass Disposal


Animal Carcass on State Road: Regardless of size or type of animal, call VDOT at 703-383-8368.

Animal Carcass Disposal on Private Property:

  • Disposal should be handled quickly to avoid potential health hazards.
  • Small Animals (25 lbs. or less): Double bag, place in regular trash. If the hauler will not collect, take to one of the disposal complexes or bury on private property.
  • Large Animals (over 25 lbs.): Bury on private property or call your veterinarian or rendering company.
  • The above does not apply to veterinary operations, butchering remains or any other commercial enterprise.
  • Homeowner or hunter butchering remains: Double bag, place in regular trash. If the hauler will not collect, take to one of the disposal complexes.
  • Veterinary and any other commercial enterprise must comply with all business waste disposal regulations.

Animal Carcass Burial on Private Property:

  • Only on the private property of the animal’s owner. A tenant must first obtain permission from the property owner.
  • Deep enough to prevent a nuisance to the neighbors.
  • Deep enough to cover the top of the animal with at least two (2) feet of compacted soil to prevent scavengers from unearthing the animal.
  • At least 100 feet from domestic water supply wells.
  • At least 25 feet from ponds and streams.
  • Applying ground limestone helps neutralize odors.

Animal carcasses from sites engaged in raising or husbandry of domestic livestock must comply with all federal and Virginia regulations, to include the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regulations.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Solid Waste Guidance Memorandum for On-Site Burial of Routine Animal Mortality can be found on DEQ's website.

Valley Proteins is a company that will pick up horses and animal waste (including cooking oil from restaurants and butchering remains) from Fairfax County businesses. They are located at 144 Indian Hollow Road, Winchester, VA. Call 540-877-2590 for information.


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