Residential Recycling Program

The Waste Management Division provides curbside recycling collection for over 164,000 county residents and citizens. As a county homeowner, you pay a fee for recycling and other waste management programs through the Solid Waste Charge that appears on your property tax bill. Recycling is your opportunity to keep Prince George's County a clean and healthy place to live. It's easy, saves energy and is good for the environment. By placing your recycling bin and/or cart at the curb once a week on your regularly scheduled collection day, you can help reduce the amount of trash that is disposed of at the landfill. Just follow these tips:

  • All recyclable items are placed in the same container.
  • Recyclables are collected without the need to sort or separate.
  • Equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility sorts the materials
  • A box or any receptacle marked with an “X” or the word “Recycling” may be used as a recycling collection container.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes will be collected with their contents.


  • Place recycling container or cart at curb by 6 a.m.
  • Place the cart at curbside for collection with the arrow on the lid and the lift bar facing the street.
  • When placing the cart at the curb, nothing should be in front of or immediately beside the cart.
  • Collections begin as early as 6 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
  • To report a missed collection or register a complaint about your residential recycling collection, please submit a service request via the online CountyClick311 Citizens Service Request System or dial 3-1-1.
  • All material collected is transported and sorted at the Materials Recycling Facility.

Inclement Weather Policy
If once-a-week trash/recycling collection is suspended due to snow or severe weather during the regular Tuesday – Friday pickup schedule, your collection will slide by one day. For example, if your regular collection day is Tuesday and is suspended due to weather conditions, your collection will occur on Wednesday, Wednesday’s collection will occur on Thursday, Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday and Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday.  There will be no Sunday collection.  Residents are reminded to please leave your cans at the curb until the collection occurs.

Yard trim/waste collections suspended due to snow or severe weather on its regular collection day of Monday will move to the next week on Monday.

Bulky trash collections missed due to severe weather will be collected within 48 hours. 

For collection status updates: 

  • Check the Prince George’s County at and the Department of the Environment website at for updated information regarding waste collection services.  Announcements will be posted on the main pages of each site.
  • Check our Facebook or Twitter accounts for updates.
  • Sign up for email or text message updates about holiday and weather-related collection status.
  • Call Prince George’s CountyClick at 3-1-1  (out-of-County: 301-883-4748

Collection for Senior Citizens & the Disabled

The county provides on premise collection of recyclables for senior citizens over 65 years of age and for disabled persons. To qualify, no one living in the home can be under 65 years of age or be physically able to carry the collection containers to the curb. To make arrangements for on premise collection, call 301-952-7630.