Prince George's Organics Composting Facility
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.**
Organics Composting Facility
Closed to the public for all services and is open to Commercial/Business customers only.
Residents who have County provided yard trim curbside 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.
Residents who do not have County-contracted Residential 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.**
Residential drop-off of bulky items at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill (BSRSL) is closed. Bulky trash pick-up has been suspended and residents are asked to store these materials at home until regular service resumes and the BSRSL resumes full operations.
Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill
Open to Commercial/Business customers only. The BSRSL is closed to residents.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Electronic Acceptance Sites
|Acceptance sites are closed. Residents are reminded to store HHW in original or labeled containers separately from other chemicals in a safe place at home away from children and pets.|
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Over 50,000 tons of material is processed annually at the Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility. Yard trim is ground up and moved into long narrow piles known as windrows. In the fall, windrows are comprised primarily of leaves. In the spring,
Windrows are turned using a Scarab windrow turner to accelerate the composting process. Frequency of turning depends on environmental conditions. In general, windrows are turned more frequently during the spring and summer (approximately 2 turns per week). Depending on the weather, the rows of yard waste may require manual watering. Normally, our area receives enough rainfall and temperatures are moderate enough to avoid manual watering. However, in drought conditions or extremely hot weather, watering becomes necessary. The windrow composting process takes approximately 9 months to complete.
The material is then moved to a curing pile where it will continue to decompose for approximately 3 months. Once this process is complete, the compost is spread in a thin layer on the pad to dry
The final product is a dark humus-like material, which is marketed as Leafgro by MES. It is produced in accordance with the Maryland Department of Agriculture regulations and is a great soil amendment. A network of retailers sells the Leafgro. Revenue from the sale of this material is returned to the county to offset the cost of the composting operation.
Food Scrap Composting
Prince George’s County piloted food scrap composting during 2013 utilizing the Gore Cover technology which is an in-vessel aerated pile system with oxygen and temperature monitoring devices. This technology is designed to create ideal composting conditions within the pile while efficiently trapping odors and other emissions such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This system allows for the processing of a greater volume of yard trim and the inclusion of food scraps on a smaller footprint of
The final product from this process is known as LeafgroGold, a
During 2014, the County increased the Gore Cover system from a three heap pilot