Trash Collection

Curbside Collection

Residents must place containers curbside by 6 a.m. on the day of collection. Collections begin as early as 6 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.

TRASH

**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. Learn how to dispose of properly by clicking here. 

RECYCLING

** Plastic bags are NOT accepted. Place recyclables loose and un-bagged in your recycling cart or bin. **

The County provides single-stream recycling, which means items should be placed in the same container, without the need to sort or separate.

Overflow of recyclables can be placed on any receptacle or cardboard box marked with an X or the word “Recycling." Cardboard boxes will be collected with contents.

YARD TRIM 

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 un-bagged recyclables. 

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.** 

Organics Composting FacilityOpen to commercial and business customers. The site is not conducive to small vehicular traffic. Residents with very large loads of yard trim may utilize the facility, however, be advised there is a tipping fee that will be charged.
Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

Open to residential and commercial/business customers.

Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) & Electronic Recycling Acceptance Sites


Acceptance sites open.

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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.

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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.

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 PGC311. 

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

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NEW INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY (November 2021)

In the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, once-a-week trash and recycling, and yard trim/organics collections may be delayed or suspended due to road or weather-related conditions. 

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.

The County will make every effort to post any information regarding delayed or suspended collections on the County's website at mypgc.us, or DoE's website at environment.mypgc.us, or you may contact PGC311

Remember that all collections can occur anytime from 6 AM to 8 PM

1 Day of Inclement Weather

In the event of a one-day inclement weather event causing suspension of trash and recycling collection services, all services will shift by one day through the end of the week

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For example, if services are suspended on a Tuesday, those collections will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday collections will be picked up on Thursday, Thursday collections will be picked up on Friday, and Friday will be picked up on Saturday. 

2 Days of Inclement Weather

If trash and recycling collections need to be suspended for two consecutive days due to inclement weather, the collection schedule will be as follows:

Inclementweather_tuesYour collection day is Tuesday and services are suspended: collections will be picked up on Thursday. 
Inclementweather_wedYour collection day is Wednesday and services are suspended: collections will be picked up on Friday.
Inclementweather_thurYour collection day is Thursday and services are suspended: collections will be picked up on Saturday.
Inclementweather_friYour collection day is Friday and services are suspended: collections will be picked up on the following Monday.

**Yard trim and organic services will be suspended if collecting missed Friday**

For more information on the County's inclement weather policy for trash and recycling collections, contact PGC311.

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.
  • 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.