Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Reminds Residents of New Yard Waste Ban on Plastic Bags

For Immediate Release: 12/31/2013 12:00 AM

Contact: Linda Lowe, Public Information Specialist, Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources/301-883-5952

New law goes into effect January 1, 2014 
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) is reminding residents of a new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2014 prohibiting the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection.  In accordance with County law CB-87-2012, residents who bag their yard waste must put the yard waste out for pickup in paper bags or reusable containers with sturdy handles and tight-fitting lids that are marked “YARD WASTE.”   All other collection requirements will stay the same. 
“As we shred our leaves, branches and Christmas trees, plastic bags clog the machinery, make a huge mess and contaminate our compost product.  Then, we have additional costs disposing of them,” said DER Director Adam Ortiz.  “By using alternatives to plastic bags, residents will reduce needless pollution and costs and help our County go greener.”
Paper yard bags are available in most home improvement, retail and grocery stores and are often sold in bundles of five for approximately $2 a pack.  Reusable containers can be purchased for $10 to $20 and may be used for many years.  Residents are also encouraged to compost leaves in their backyards or chop them with a mulching mower. For residents tight on space, collapsible, reusable containers can be brought for a little more.  A minimal grace period will be provided during the transition but residents are strongly encouraged to start the new practice of placing their yard waste debris in paper bags or reusable containers as soon as possible. 
For more information on how to prepare yard waste for collection, click here or visit http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/WasteManagement/Services/Collections/Pages/default.aspx
For more information on the yard waste plastic bag ban, contact CountyClick 3-1-1.
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