Curbside Organics Collection
With the successful implementation of the curbside food scraps composting pilot, the County will expand to an additional 3,000 homes eligible to participate by fall 2019. The County is offering this program to help keep valuable materials that are not waste, out of our landfill, reduce excessive greenhouse gas emissions, protect our environment and help Prince George's County get closer to its zero waste goals.
Food and food-soiled paper items, including paper towels, plates and napkins, pizza boxes and ice cream containers may be composted by setting out at the curb by 6:30 a.m. for Monday collection. For the purposes of the pilot, residents are asked to include only food and food-related items in the cart for collection. The County wants to gauge the amount of food and related materials that are diverted from landfills. Residents may continue to place yard trim beside the cart in paper yard trim bags or in another container with a tight-fitting lid marked "Yard Trim" or "Yard Waste".
Collections began in the PepperMill/Carmody Hill and Wilburn areas in December of 2017, and in January 2018, in the Tantallon/Ft. Washington area. All materials are transported for processing at the County-owned Organics Composting Facility located at 6550 South East Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, by the contracted hauler for the participating areas.
If you reside in one of the targeted communities and would like to participate, please email us at email@example.com with your name, address, and a telephone number. There may still be time to join in this pioneering effort!
About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally each year, around 40% of that comes from restaurants and 10% from Grocery Stores.*
What are Food Scraps?
Food scraps are exactly what they sound like: any pre or post consumed food substance that is discarded.
Nearly 24% of the garbage that is landfilled in Prince George’s County is food waste that could have been composted. Sending your food scraps to the Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility (OCF) for composting will help keep valuable materials out of our landfills, reduce harmful greenhouse gases, protect our environment and help Prince George’s County get closer to our zero waste and waste diversion goals. Your company will be viewed by customers as an environmentally conscious business. And, you may experience a savings in disposal costs, as the composting facility’s fee is less than most landfills.
Many businesses in Prince George’s County are already sending their food scraps to the County’s Organics Composting Facility. Instead of tossing your organics in the garbage and having it go to the landfill where it partially decomposes and releases methane (one of the most potent greenhouse gasses and causes of climate change), it can be 100% composted into an all organic soil amendment.
Want to join the successful businesses who are diverting their food scraps to the composting facility?
- Evaluate your waste stream to determine the amount of food scraps generated daily or weekly
- Call the (OCF) at 301.627.6388 to obtain detailed information, take a tour, and establish an account
- Ask your current hauler or contact another local hauler for delivery service to the OCF. Click here for a list of County licensed haulers
By listing the names of licensed haulers operating in Prince George’s County this does not constitute an endorsement by the County of their products and/or services. If you are a licensed hauler in Prince George’s County and are not listed please contact the Recycling Section at 301-883-3635 for business and hauling licensing information.
- Provide organics collection receptacles, signage and education for your staff and customers
- Begin food scrap diversion program!
Visit https://www.menv.com/data/services/pdf/service-86.pdf for a list of accepted materials list.
Visit https://www.epa.gov/smm/managing-and-reducing-wastes-guide-commercial-buildings for more information on the benefits on reducing waste.
Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility
6550 SE Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility
The Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility located at 6500 Old Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro is one of the largest composting facilities on the East Coast accepting yard trim and food scraps through its residential curbside collection program, institutions and educational facilities.
The facility produces a nutrient-rich amendment product called Leafgro Gold® that is great for flower gardens, vegetable gardens, perennials, bulbs, planting trees and shrubs.
Click here to learn more about the Organics Composting Facility.