Materials Recycling Facility

Materials Recycling Facility
1000 Ritchie Road ​Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
(301) 324-4760

​Hours of Operation: ​Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

​Commercial vehicles only. No private vehicles allowed​.

​Scheduled Tours: Tours at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) have resumed and are available to the public, including schools, colleges, civic and church groups, scout troops, Federal Agencies and foreign delegations. For further information and to schedule a tour, please contact the MRF at (301)324-4760. Tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

​The Prince George's County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) opened in October of 1993 and is a 65,000-foot facility. Renovations to convert the MRF into a processing facility for single-stream collection were completed in September 2007. Single stream collection, defined as the placement of all recyclable materials into one container/bin for curbside pick-up, is a much more efficient and convenient method of collection for County citizens and residents.

​​​Recyclables no longer need to be separated by the citizens and residents. All materials may now be collected, mixed together and processed at the facility. Watch them!

​​Residents may see their recycling contractors placing all materials in one truck. Paper and commingled recycling will not be separated as in the past. ​​County recycling contractors may utilize compactor trucks to collect the recyclables at curbside and deliver them to the MRF.​


Advantages to Single-Stream System

Advantages converting to a single-stream system include:
  • Technological advances
  • Easy and convenience to county residents and citizens
  • Increased recycling rate
  • Reduced collection cost
  • Increased types of material collected

Single-stream recycling program in Prince George’s County

The primary functions of the MRF are to remove contaminants, separate paper by grade, segregate ferrous and aluminum containers, divide plastic by resin type and sort glass by color. Once separated, the glass, aluminum, steel plastic and paper are baled or crushed and shipped to end markets.

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Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) remains operational but closed to the public. All in-person tours have been suspended until further notice. For your convenience, we welcome you to take a virtual tour of the facility here. For more information please contact the Recycling Section by calling 301-883-3635. 

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