Materials Recycling Facility

1000 Ritchie Road
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
(301) 499-1707

Hours of Operation
Commercial vehicles only
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No private vehicles allowed

Scheduled Tours
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Prince George's County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) opened in October of 1993 and is a 65,000-foot facility. Renovations to convert the MRF into a process facility for single-stream collection was completed September 2007. Single stream collection, defined as the placement of all recyclable materials into one container/bin for curbside pick-up, is a much more efficient and convenient method of collection for County citizens and residents.

Recyclables no longer need to be separated by the citizens and residents. All materials may now be collected, mixed together and processed at the facility.

Residents may see their recycling contractors placing all materials in one truck. Paper and commingled recycling will not be separated as in the past.

County recycling contractors may utilize compactor trucks to collect the recyclables at curbside and deliver them to the MRF.

Advantages to converting to a single-stream system include:

  • Technological advances;
  • Ease and convenience to County residents and citizens;
  • Increased recycling rate;
  • Reduced collection cost; and
  • Increased types of material collected.

The primary functions of the MRF are to remove contaminants, separate paper by grade, segregate ferrous and aluminum containers, divide plastic by resin type and sort glass by color. Once separated, the glass, aluminum, steel plastic and paper are baled or crushed and shipped to end markets.

Tours

The MRF is open to the public, including schools, civic and church groups, scout troops and families for scheduled tours. Tours may include a recycling presentation. To schedule a tour, please call the MRF at (301) 499-1707.