Recycling Collection

Dial 3-1-1 or (301) 883-4748
The Waste Management Division provides curbside recycling collection for over 164,000 County residents and citizens. As a County homeowner, you pay a fee for recycling and other waste management programs through the Solid Waste Charge that appears on your property tax bill. Recycling is your opportunity to keep Prince George's County a clean and healthy place to live. It's easy, saves energy and is good for the environment. By placing your recycling bin and/or cart at the curb once a week on your regularly scheduled collection day, you can help reduce the amount of trash that is disposed of at the landfill. Just follow the tips listed below.

  1. All recyclable items are placed in the same container.
  2. Recyclables are collected without the need to sort or separate.
  3. Equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility sorts the materials
  4. A box or any receptacle marked with an “X” or the word “Recycling” may be used
    as a recycling collection container.
  5. Corrugated cardboard boxes will be collected with their contents.

Acceptable Items


  1. Food and beverage containers


  1. Empty aerosol cans
  2. Aluminum, bimetal, ferrous, and steel food and beverage containers
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Coat hangers

Mixed Paper/Corrugated Cardboard

  1. All paper
  2. Aseptic/gable-top milk and juice cartons
  3. Catalogs
  4. Flattened corrugated cardboard (boxes)
  5. Frozen food packaging
  6. Hard- and soft- covered books
  7. Kraft paper bags and wrapping paper
  8. Magazines
  9. Newspapers with inserts
  10. Paper board (cereal and cracker boxes)
  11. Telephone books


  1. Drinking cups/glasses
  2. Flower pots
  3. Narrow-neck containers with code identification numbers 1 through 7
  4. Wide-mouth containers such as peanut butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and whipped topping; margarine/butter tubs; and
  5. Prescription bottles
  6. Coat hangers

Remember to rinse all food and beverage containers and to recap or place the lids in the recycling cart/bin.

Unacceptable Items

  1. Auto parts
  2. Broken glass
  3. Dishes
  4. Electronics
  5. Hazardous materials
  6. Light bulbs
  7. Medical waste
  8. Mirrors
  9. Motor oil containers
  10. Packing foam and peanuts
  11. Plastic utensils
  12. Windowpanes


Recycling Blue Carts and Yellow Bins

All recycling carts and bins are the property of Prince George's County Government (with the exception of an additional cart purchased by the resident).

  1. Cart serial numbers are registered to specific addresses.
  2. The blue recycling carts allow for larger quantities of recyclables to be placed in
    one container.
  3. Carts keep the contents dry.
  4. Carts are easy to wheel out to the curb.
  5. Place the cart with the lift bar facing the street.
  6. Do not overfill or overload the cart so that the lid does not close.
  7. Be sure to tilt the cart to engage the wheels when moving it; do not drag the cart.
  8. Residents may continue to use the yellow recycling bin to recycle.
  9. To report a damaged cart or bin, call (301) 952-7630 for a replacement.
  10. Carts found to be defaced or used for trash collection will be confiscated by the county and will not be replaced.


  1. Place recycling container or cart at curb by 6:30 a.m.
  2. Place the cart at curbside for collection with the arrow on the lid and the lift bar facing the street.
  3. When placing the cart at the curb, nothing should be in front of or immediately beside the cart.
  4. Collections begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.

To report a missed collection or register a complaint about your residential recycling collection, please submit a service request via the online CountyClick311 Citizens Service Request System or dial 3-1-1.

All material collected is transported and sorted at the Materials Recycling Facility.

Holidays/Inclement Weather

Recycling collection will not be provided on the following holidays: 

Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day
Independence Day Christmas Day
Labor Day

Recycling collection will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

Note: Recycling collection will take place on New Year’s Day if it falls on Monday – Friday.

In case of snow and/or ice:  road conditions may make it necessary for recycling contractors to stop pick-up services until streets are clear and safe for collection to resume.

Collection for Senior Citizens and the Disabled

The County provides on premise collection of recyclables 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 on premise collection, call (301) 952-7630.