Resource Recovery Division

A division of the Department of the Environment (DoE), the mission of the Resource Recovery Division is to manage the collection, recycling, reduction and disposal of municipal solid waste in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner, while complying with all Federal, State and local regulatory requirements.

The Resource Recovery Division works to improve our environment by providing recycling and the effective management of trash, yard waste, household hazardous waste and bulky materials. The county is fulfilling its goals of protecting our natural resources while promoting a better quality of life for our community by ensuring cleaner water and air quality.

Waste diversion awards 2020

Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE), in partnership with Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful (KPGCB), will present the Annual 2020 Waste Diversion and Recycling Awards Virtual Ceremony on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.  

Any individual can self-nominate or submit a nomination for a Prince George’s County commercial business, school, or other entities that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in recycling and waste diversion to advance the mission of DoE and KPGCB. 

The 2020 nomination form MUST be submitted on behalf of the nominee, including all relevant and supporting documentation before midnight, Monday, November 30, 2020.  

Once completed, please send your nomination, including this form and all supporting documentation to Helen Register at htregister@co.pg.md.us.  Questions regarding the process can be directed to 301-883-5843.

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Curbside Bulky Trash Update

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IMPORTANT: Please, do not set bulky trash out at the curb until either the night before your scheduled appointment date or by 6 a.m. the morning of your appointment date.

IMPORTANTE: Por favor, no coloque basura voluminosa en la acera hasta la noche anterior a la fecha de su cita programada o hasta las 6 a.m. de la mañana de la fecha de su cita.

Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill Update

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Curbside Collection

The Department of the Environment (DoE) will continue to provide trash, recycling, and yard trim collection services on schedule.

**All trash must be tied and bagged securely.**

Latex paint is NOT hazardous and should NOT be delivered to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) site. Instead, residents should:

  1. Donate leftover latex paint to relatives, friends or neighbors who might need the paint for a project
  2. Allow leftover latex paint to dry and place it in the regular household trash bag for trash disposal.
  3. Use kitty litter or quick paint drying agents that many of the paint stores sell in packets (it is very inexpensive). Once the paint dries, place dried paint can(s) in the regular trash bag for regular trash disposal.

Organics Composting Facility

Open to residential and Commercial/Business customers. 

Residents who have County-provided collections should continue to place their yard trim at the curb by 6 a.m. on Mondays for regular collections. 

Residents who do not have curbside collection, may drop-off yard trim at the County’s Convenience Drop-off Centers during regular hours of operation, free of charge.
Convenience Centers

Residents who do not have County-provided curbside collection should use the Residential Convenience Drop-Off Centers for disposal of regular household bagged trash and recyclables. 

**All Trash Must Be Tied and Bagged Securely**

Bulky Trash

Curbside bulky trash collections have resumed. Appointments may be scheduled by visiting bulkytrash.princegeorgescountymd.gov or by contacting 311.

**Bulky items should be placed at the curb no earlier than the night before your scheduled appointment date or by 6 a.m. the morning of your appointment date.** 

Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

Open to residential and commercial/business customers.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Electronic Acceptance Sites


Acceptance sites open.


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Recycling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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inclement weather updatesIn the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, once-a-week trash, and recycling collections may be delayed or suspended due to road or weather-related conditions.  If collection services are postponed, every effort will be made to pick-up the missed collections on the following day after that day’s regular collections. If a regular Friday collection is suspended, that collection will occur on Saturday.

If once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended for two consecutive days, collections for the missed days will resume the following week on the regularly scheduled collection days. 

For example, if collections are suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday, both collection days move to the following week.

Residents are reminded to leave their collection containers at the curbside and that pickups can occur from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Bulky trash collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected within seven (7) days.  Residents will be contacted with a new collection date within that timeframe.

In all cases, residents are reminded to adhere to their current HOA or civic association rules and regulations regarding trash and recycling placed in public areas. 

COLLECTION TIPS DURING HIGH WINDS

Consider these tips to reduce wind-blown trash and recycling

  • Residents should secure their recycling and trash bins and wheeled carts to prevent litter and possible damage to the containers.
  • Place lighter materials at the bottom of your wheeled cart and heavier items on top to prevent the lighter items from blowing out.
  • If your wheeled cart is only half-full, consider waiting until your next collection to place it at the curb.
  • Place a heavy object on top of the lid to keep items from blowing out.
  • Turn your container parallel to the curb with the wind directed at the back of the bin.
  • Bag all your trash before placing it in the wheeled container. This is especially important for small, lightweight items.
  • Compact the trash – if you have loose items, place bagged trash on top of them to prevent them from blowing out of the cart.
  • Be sure your lid can close. Trash and recycling items are more susceptible to blowing out of the cart when the lid is not completely shut.
  • Bring your cart in as soon as possible after collection to reduce the risk of your cart blowing down the street.
  • If you are home, keep an eye on neighborhood carts. Secure them if it looks like the cart or items from it are blowing away.
  • Once collections are completed, check around your area to see if any materials may have inadvertently been left behind and toss in the appropriate waste receptacle for the next collection cycle.
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Earth Day Everyday 2020

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Holiday Lights Recycling Program

DoE is pleased to offer residents a place to recycle old Christmas lights. Residents may take old lights to the Brown Station Road Landfill, Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site, located at 11611 Whitehouse Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Lights may be dropped off throughout the months of December and January, during regular business hours, Thursday thru Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, excluding holidays.

The lights are shredded into tiny bits and the bits are sorted into various components that make up the lights such as copper, glass, and PVC.  The individual components are then recycled. 

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What do I do with my old curbside trash toter?

With the delivery of the new trash toters, residents may be wondering what to do with their old, unwanted residential trash cans. Here is how to recycle or dispose of them.
  • Repurpose your old trash can by using it as a yard trim can or extra recycling can (mark with an "X" or word "Recycling")
  • Deliver (bring) your old can to one of the two convenience centers for the Prince George's County Public Schools to repurpose and/or for the County to recycle as rigid plastics or scrap metal. The convenience centers are Brown Station Road Public container Pad and Recycling Area and Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling Center.
  • Set the can upside down on your trash collection day and the trash hauler will collect the old trash can which will be disposed of as trash.
  • For more information, contact CountyClick 3-1-1.