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 (other than the County issued trash can) 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

In the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, once-a-week trash and recycling, and yard trim/waste collections may be delayed or suspended due to road or weather-related conditions. If collection services are postponed, every effort will be made to pick-up the missed collections on the following day after that day’s regular collections. Residents are reminded to leave their collection containers at the curbside and that pickups can occur from 6:30 a.m. to 
​8 p.m.

If once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended for two consecutive days, collections for the missed days will resume the following week on the regularly scheduled collection days. For example, if collections are suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday, Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday, those collections will move to the next week. 

​If once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended on Friday, those collections will move to Monday. There will be no Saturday collections. 
​Monday yard trim/waste collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected on the following Monday. 

​Bulky trash collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected within seven (7) days. Residents will be contacted with a new collection date within that timeframe. 

​In all cases, residents are reminded to adhere to their current HOA or civic association rules and regulations regarding trash and recycling placed in public areas.  

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.