Special Events & Attractions

Food Scrap Composting Pilot Project

Prince George's County's Food Scrap Composting Pilot Project was implemented in May of 2013 and provides for the composting of food scraps with yard waste. The project currently uses a 3 heap system which will transition to a continuous batch system in the near future. The process is expected to produce a high-quality, high-value soil conditioner. Learn more about the Food Scrap Composting Pilot Project (PDF).

Pumpkin Composting

The Department of Environment (DoE) will collect pumpkins for composting on Monday, November 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2021. In addition to pumpkins, dried corn, hay, and straw will also be picked up for composting along with yard trim.

To participate: 
Items should be placed curbside for pickup. Pumpkins are not required to be bagged, but paper lawn/leaf bags must be used if residents choose to bag their items for collection. Pumpkins should be free of inorganic materials such as candles, wax, artificial lighting, loose decorations, etc.

For more information, contact PGC311 at 3-1-1.

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Mulch Madness Giveaway

Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, this event has been suspended until further notice. 

The Resource Recovery Division (RRD) sponsors a Mulch Madness Giveaway in the spring to provide an opportunity for citizens and residents to receive free mulch. The mulch for this event is derived from the Christmas trees that are collected or dropped off for recycling. The Mulch Madness Giveaway is held in conjunction with Earth Day and is just one of the many departmental programs. For more information and specific dates for the next Mulch Giveaway, check the local paper, county website, local cable station, or dial 3-1-1.


Tours & Visitor's Center

Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Organics Composting Facility (OCF) remains operational but closed to the public. All tours have been suspended until further notice. For more information please contact the Recycling Section by calling 301-883-3635.