Trash Collection

The Waste Management Division provides trash collection service to approximately 158,000 homes in the county. Citizens and residents in the county-contracted collection areas should place their trash containers at the front curb 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 collection or to register a complaint about your trash collection, please submit a service request via the online CountyClick311 Citizen Service Request System or dial 3-1-1 for assistance.

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

2016 - 2017 Waste Collection Holiday Schedule

HOLIDAY

HOLIDAY OBSERVED

COLLECTION SCHEDULE

COLLECTIONS RESUME

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2016

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3
Monday, June 6
Tuesday, May 31

Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2016

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections 
 

Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 8
Monday, July 11
Tuesday, July 5
 

Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2016

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Friday, Sept. 9
Monday, September 12
Tuesday, September 6
 

Columbus Day

Monday, October 10, 2016

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections
No bulky trash collections
 

Tuesday, October 11 – Friday, October 14
Monday, October 17
Tuesday, October 11
 

Veterans Day

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trash/recycling collections
Yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Regular collection service remains in effect
Regular collection service remains in effect
Monday, November 14
 

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 24, 2016
 
 
 

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Friday, November 25
Monday, November 28
Friday, November 25 

County Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 25, 2016

Trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Regular collection service remains in effect
Monday, November 28
Monday, November 28
 

Christmas Day

Monday, December 26, 2016

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Friday, Dec. 30
Monday, January 9, 2016
Tuesday, December 27 

New Year’s Day

Monday, January 2, 2017

No trash/recycling collections
No yard trim/waste collections 
No bulky trash collections
 

Tuesday, January 3 – Friday, January 6
Monday, January 9, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
 

 

Inclement Weather Policy
 
If once-a-week trash/recycling collection is suspended due to snow or severe weather during the regular Tuesday – Friday pickup schedule, your collection will slide by one day. For example, if your regular collection day is Tuesday and is suspended due to weather conditions, your collection will occur on Wednesday, Wednesday’s collection will occur on Thursday, Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday and Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday.  There will be no Sunday collection.  Residents are reminded to please leave your cans at the curb until the collection occurs.

Yard trim/waste collections suspended due to snow or severe weather on its regular collection day of Monday will move to the next week on Monday.

Bulky trash collections missed due to severe weather will be collected within 48 hours. 

For collection status updates: 

  • Check the Prince George’s County at mypgc.us and the Department of the Environment website at environment.mypgc.us for updated information regarding waste collection services.  Announcements will be posted on the main pages of each site.
  • Check our Facebook or Twitter accounts for updates.
  • Sign up for email or text message updates about holiday and weather-related collection status.
  • Call Prince George’s CountyClick at 3-1-1  (out-of-County: 301-883-4748)

Collection for Senior Citizens & the Disabled


The county provides back door collection of trash for senior citizens over 65 years of age and for disabled persons. To qualify, no one living in the home can be under 65 years of age or be physically able to carry the collection containers to the curb. To make arrangements for back door collection, dial 3-1-1.