Unacceptable Items

Items Not Accepted
  • Auto parts
  • Broken glass
  • Dishes
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical waste
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil containers
  • Packing foam and peanuts
  • Plastic bags: Effective July 1, 2015, plastic bags of any color, size or shape, and plastic film are no longer accepted in the Prince George's County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program
  • Plastic utensils
  • Windowpanes
Plastic Bags
We encourage you to recycle your clean and dry plastic bags at most grocery stores and other retailers instead of placing it in your recycling bin or cart.
Illustrations of What Not to Recycle
We also recommend using reusable bags or totes when shopping or opt for paper bags where available. Find drop off locations.

What Not to Recycle
  • Any grocery, retail, or trash plastic bag
  • Bread bags
  • Crinkle bags for cereal, pasta, or snack bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Fruit and vegetable bags (fresh/frozen)
  • Garden product bags (soil/mulch)
  • Newspaper bags
  • Outer wrap from cases of soda, juice, and snacks
  • Outer wrap from meat or cheese products
  • Outer wrap from paper towel, napkin, and diaper packages
  • Zipper or stand-up pouches, bubble, or cling wrap