Legislative Updates

Learn more about environmental policies, programs, and initiatives in Prince George’s County and how they may affect your household, business, community, and neighborhood. 

Business Recycling
With single-stream recycling, all recyclable materials are placed in the same container. Singe-stream recycling provides county businesses with many benefits. Contact your recycling vendor and processor to determine what materials generated by your business can be collected single-stream.

Coal Tar Sealant Ban
Effective July 1, 2015, it is illegal to sell, use or permit the use of coal tar pavement products on property in Prince George’s County (review a copy of CB-6-2015 (PDF)). Contractors or property owners that use a coal tar pavement product are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per day for each violation.

Plastic Straw Ban
Effective July 1, 2020, Food Service and/or Retail businesses in Prince George’s County are prohibited from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing non-compostable straws and stirrers with certain foods or beverages. To review a copy of the legislation, go to bit.ly/CB522019

Styrofoam Ban
Starting July 1, 2016, polystyrene (commonly referred to as "Styrofoam"), polystyrene loose fill packaging (also known as "packing peanuts"), and other foam articles are not permitted for sale or use in Prince George’s County.