Department of the Environment (DoE)

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If you live in Prince George's County, we want to hear from you! You're invited to take a short online survey about efforts to make the county cleaner and greener. You could win a $50 gift card with daily drawings now through Sunday, August 4th.

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Welcome to Your Department of the Environment

The Department of the Environment (DoE) works for a healthy, beautiful and sustainable County through programs that provide clean water, flood control, recycling, and waste management, litter prevention, animal services and pet adoption in partnership with residents and other stakeholders.

Some of our core services include:

  • Providing clean water services;
  • Flooding prevention for buildings and structures;
  • Collecting, processing and diverting waste from the County-operated landfill, commercial facilities and householders;
  • Providing sustainability services to reduce greenhouse gas and emission; and
  • Facilitating pet adoptions, managing an animal holding facility, issuing pet licenses, investigating cruelty complaints and conducting humane outreach and education events.

Our staff members work hard to provide quality environmental oversight, technical assistance and sustainable initiatives in your neighborhood, community and throughout the County. Whether you're a lifelong or new resident, member of a non-profit, civic or HOA organization or business owner, DoE is here to assist you.

We invite you to collaborate, engage, partner and champion with us as we employ innovative and sustainable approaches to our environmental challenges.  Information on this site is intended to assist you with learning more about our organization and its programs and services.

Feel free to reach out to us for more details on how you can help us make Prince George's a greener place to live, work and play.

Click here to download a copy of our brochure.

Click the icons below to view some of our most common services.


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Litter Reduction

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Pets & Adoption

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Clean Water

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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 does not 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.