Curbside Food Scraps Collection (Composting)
With the successful implementation of the Curbside Food Scraps Composting pilot and the expansion in the early summer of 2021, Prince George’s County is proud to expand this opportunity Countywide to all residents receiving County-contracted trash and recycling services. 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 program, residents are asked to include only food, food-related items, and yard waste (optional) in the cart for collection. The County wants to gauge the amount of food and related materials that are diverted from landfills. If yard waste is not stored in the cart, 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". However, all food and food-soiled items must be placed in the organics cart for pick-up.
If would like to participate, please follow the instructions provided on the postcard mailed to your home by or before February 20, 2022.
There are three opt-in methods from which to choose. Use only one option listed to opt-in:
- Scan the QR code on the postcard using a smartphone; OR
- Call the telephone number and provide the requested information; OR
- Complete the opt-in form online at www.toter.com/princegeorgescounty (if you have your postcard, please include your verification code).
Your program materials will be delivered during the month of April, in celebration of Earth Month.
For additional information about food scraps composting please contact PGC311 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn How to Compost with this video Guide!
The pilot program was funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. Collections began in the PepperMill/Carmody Hill and Wilburn areas in December of 2017, in January 2018, in the Tantallon/Ft. Washington area. In July 2021, the opportunity was expanded to include areas within Upper Marlboro, Suitland, District Heights, Forestville, Beltsville, and Laurel. 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.
What are Food Scraps?
About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally each year, around 40% of that comes from restaurants and 10% from Grocery Stores.*
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 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 that are diverting their food scraps to the composting facility?
- Evaluate your waste stream to determine the number 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!
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.