Food Scraps Composting Resources

Resources for Successful Preparation

Compostable Bags/ Liners

While the most sustainable option is not to use a liner, you can use a compostable bag or liner in your kitchen pail (3-gallon-sized bag) or green wheeled organics cart (33-gallon-sized bag).

Bags must be compostable – labeled as either “home compostable” or “commercially/industrially compostable.” Bags that are labeled only as plant-based or biodegradable are not accepted. In no case are traditional plastic bags of any kind accepted

Paper yard trim bags are acceptable as liners. In addition, paper lunch or grocery bags are fine as kitchen pail liners.

View "Acceptable Compostable Bags" here

How-To Guides

Consider lining the green wheeled cart and kitchen pail with a compostable liner, a paper yard trim bag, or another absorbent material such as paper towels, paper napkins, pizza boxes, or leaves to help soak up the moisture created when food begins to break down. 

Read how to collect and store compostables with this downloadable "How-To Guide." 

Watch the "How-To Guide" video here. 

Acceptable Materials

Prince George's County accepts items that can be composted in your backyard, such as fruits and vegetables, leftovers, coffee grounds, and tea, as well as items accepted for industrial composting, such as food-soiled paper, dairy products, and meats and bones.

To view or download a copy of the accepted materials displayed below, click here.

Facial or toilet tissue, plastic bags, Styrofoam™, grease or liquids of any kind, and pet waste are NOT accepted in the composting program.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

View our FAQ here. Watch the 5/12 recorded workshop session (below). 

For missed collections, issues with the kitchen counter pail or green wheeled "organics" cart, contact PGC311.

Call 3-1-1 (inside County) or 301-883-4748 (outside County) from
7 am to 7 pm or online 24/7 through the app or website at