Trash Collection

The Waste Management Division provides trash collection service to approximately 164,000 homes in the county. Citizens and residents in the County-contracted collection areas should place their trash containers at the front curb by 6 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day. Trash will be collected between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The contractor will empty containers and return them to your curbside. The homeowner is responsible for storing and cleaning the containers. Neither the County nor the contractor will be responsible for items not intended for collection that are placed next to trash containers or for the removal of any containers other than regulation containers. ​ ​

​To report a missed trash, yard waste, recycling or bulky collection or to register a complaint about your trash collection, please submit a service request via the online CountyClick311 Citizen Service Request System or dial 3-1-1 for assistance.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Trash Containers

​Trash containers must be either:
​Permanent-type, standard metal with bottoms intact and no excessive rust;
​Securely tied, heavy-duty plastic bags; and
​Watertight, heavy-duty plastic containers with handles and tight-fitting lids.

​No single container should exceed 60 pounds. There is no limit to the number of regulation containers that may be used.

​Acceptable Materials

​Garbage: Food wastes accumulated in normal household use
​Trash: some plastics and ashes

​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 and the Department of the Environment websites for updated information regarding waste collection services. Announcements will be posted on the main page 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 back door collection of trash 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 back door collection, dial 3-1-1.