Trash Collection

The Resource Recovery  Division provides trash collection service to approximately 164,000 homes in the county. Citizens and residents in the County-contracted collection areas should place their trash containers curbside by 6 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day.

Trash will be collected between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The contractor will empty containers and return them to your curbside. The homeowner is responsible for storing and cleaning the containers. Neither the County nor the contractor will be responsible for items not intended for collection that are placed next to trash containers or for the removal of any containers other than regulation containers.

To report a missed trash, yard waste, recycling or bulky trash collection,  or to register a complaint about trash pick-up, please submit a service request via CountyClick or dial 3-1-1 for assistance.

Trash and Recycling Collection Carts

Effective immediately, the following policy is in effect for households receiving County-contracted Waste Collection Services.

The County will issue ONE recycling wheeled cart and ONE trash wheeled cart to household residences that receive County-contracted collection services. Residents moving into a new home should contact 3-1-1 to request delivery of each type of cart. New residents that move into an existing house where the previous owner may have taken the carts should call 3-1-1 to request a recycling and or trash cart. The Resource Recovery Division (RRD) will require for verification purposes through the tax assessor’s file, that the resident purchased the property/house within the past 12 months. This policy will be strictly enforced. All wheeled recycling and trash carts are the property of Prince George’s County and should remain at the address which it was delivered.

The County will no longer replace stolen trash and recycling carts. New or replacement wheeled carts are available for purchase from hardware, big box, and other retail stores. Residents who replace a County-issued cart or purchase additional carts should mark those trash carts with the word Trash; recycling carts with the word Recycle or a large X, and yard trim carts/cans should be marked Yard/Organic. It is recommended that residents write their home address on each cart.

Holiday Schedule

Trash, recycling and yard trim collection services are NOT provided for the following holidays:

New Year's DayMemorial DayIndependence Day
Labor DayThanksgiving DayChristmas Day

If the holiday falls on a weekday during a regular collection day (Tuesday - Friday), trash and recycling collection will shift to the next day, through Saturday, with no collections on Sunday. There are NO makeup days for yard trim collection.

View a full holiday schedule for trash, recycling and yard trim collection. 

Inclement Weather Policy  

In the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, once-a-week trash and recycling, and yard trim/waste 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. Residents are reminded to leave their collection containers at the curbside and that pickups can occur from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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, Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday, those collections will move to the next week.

If once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended on Friday, those collections will move to Monday. There will be no Saturday collections.

Monday yard trim/food scraps collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected on the following Monday.

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 Status Updates

Trash Containers  

Trash containers must be either:

  • Permanent-type, standard metal with bottoms intact and no excessive rust 
  • Securely tied, heavy-duty plastic bags
  • Watertight, heavy-duty plastic containers with handles and tight-fitting lids

 No single container should exceed 60 pounds. There is no limit to the number of regulation containers that may be used.

Acceptable Materials

  •  Garbage: Food wastes accumulated in normal household use 
  • Trash: some plastics and ashes
  • Bamboo: The proper disposal is to be prepared like yard waste no longer than 4 feet and tied in bundles placed out to be collected with the trash.
  • Unwanted trash containers (old rigid plastic and metal trash can/carts/containers must be placed at curbside on regularly scheduled trash and recycling collection day turned upside down).  If the container is not collected with the recycling collection, please contact CountyClick 3-1-1.

Collection for Senior Citizens and Disabled

The County provides the backdoor collection of trash for senior citizens over 65 years of age and for disabled citizens.

To qualify, no one living in the home can be under the age of 65 or be physically able to carry the trash/recycling toter curbside. To make arrangements for backdoor collection contact CountyClick at 3-1-1. 

Collection Tips

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.
  • Turn your container so that the side is parallel to the curb and the wind is 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.