Septic/Portable Toilet Waste Disposal

Fairfax County accepts septage waste at the Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant and the Colvin Run Septage Receiving Site from haulers licensed by the Fairfax County Health Department. Septage is defined as either a liquid or solid material removed from a septic tank, cesspool, portable toilet or similar device that receives only domestic sewage. Restaurant grease trap waste and landfill leachate may be accepted after review. Hauled industrial wastes are prohibited. Deodorizer and sanitizer products containing formaldehyde or 1,4-dichlorobenzene are not allowed.

Approved Wastes

  • Only wastes generated within Fairfax County, the Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna, and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church will be accepted.
  • Discharge of wastes from septic tanks, portable toilets, restaurant grease interceptors and landfill leachate may be accepted after review of waste characteristics. Discharge of other types of waste is illegal unless specifically approved.

Approved Dischargers

  • Only currently licensed sewage handlers or specially authorized haulers will be permitted to use the disposal locations.  Gate cards issued by Fairfax County are necessary to enter and exit both the plant and septage disposal facility. 

Approved Disposal Sites

  • Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant - Procedures | Map
  • Colvin Run Septage Receiving Site - Procedures | Map - Temporary Closure Beginning June 27, 2016

Obtaining a Sewage Handler License

Disposal Options for RVs and Motor Coaches (Buses)

Licensed Sewage Handling Contractors

Sewage Handling Manifest

Commonwealth of Virginia Sewage Handling & Disposal Regulations

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