Department of the Environment (DoE)

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.


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County Government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Friday, January 1st, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday. For more information about closings, visit the County website by clicking here.

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County Government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Friday, December 25th, in observance of the Christmas holiday. For more information about closings, visit the County website by clicking here.

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Click here to access a list of frequently asked questions. 

For more information on available programs and services, visit our Animal Services page by clicking here.

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Waste diversion awards 2020

Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE), in partnership with Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful (KPGCB), will present the Annual 2020 Waste Diversion and Recycling Awards Virtual Ceremony on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.  

Any individual can self-nominate or submit a nomination for a Prince George’s County commercial business, school, or other entities that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in recycling and waste diversion to advance the mission of DoE and KPGCB. 

The 2020 nomination form MUST be submitted on behalf of the nominee, including all relevant and supporting documentation before midnight, Monday, November 30, 2020.  

Once completed, please send your nomination, including this form and all supporting documentation to Helen Register at htregister@co.pg.md.us.  Questions regarding the process can be directed to 301-883-5843.

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We celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th! View our presentation, full of information on Recycling Right, our Materials Recycling Facility, taking the pledge, and more by clicking the image below. 

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FEMA to Revise Base Flood Elevations and Add Floodway
Affects Area of Patuxent River from approximately 3,870 feet upstream of Brock Bridge Drive to just upstream of Fort Meade Road

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a notice for a pending Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) which reflects revised elevations for the flood event having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (base flood).  The proposed revisions include the addition of a Floodway, modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFE), updates to Zone AE, and Zone X(shaded) in the Patuxent River. This LOMR, in conjunction with effective flood hazard information which is unaffected by the subject map change, is the basis for the floodplain management measures which the County is required to either adopt or show evidence of being in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).    

Before this LOMR becomes effective for floodplain management purposes, FEMA must provide persons an opportunity to appeal the proposed information.  Any interested party may request that FEMA reconsider this LOMR within 90-days of the November 09, 2020, public notice which appeared in the Washington Times newspaper.  For information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at https://bit.ly/2UgM5IC.

Click here for a complete listing of affected communities in Prince George's County. 

Check out the latest issue of the DoE Green Scene Newsletter!

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Curbside Collection

The Department of the Environment (DoE) will continue to provide trash, recycling, and yard trim collection services on schedule.

**All trash must be tied and bagged securely.**

Latex paint is NOT hazardous and should NOT be delivered to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) site. Instead, residents should:

  1. Donate leftover latex paint to relatives, friends or neighbors who might need the paint for a project
  2. Allow leftover latex paint to dry and place it in the regular household trash bag for trash disposal.
  3. Use kitty litter or quick paint drying agents that many of the paint stores sell in packets (it is very inexpensive). Once the paint dries, place dried paint can(s) in the regular trash bag for regular trash disposal.

Organics Composting Facility

Open to residential and Commercial/Business customers. 

Residents who have County-provided collections should continue to place their yard trim at the curb by 6 a.m. on Mondays for regular collections. 

Residents who do not have curbside collection, may drop-off yard trim at the County’s Convenience Drop-off Centers during regular hours of operation, free of charge.

Convenience Centers

Residents who do not have County-provided curbside collection should use the Residential Convenience Drop-Off Centers for disposal of regular household bagged trash and recyclables. 

**All Trash Must Be Tied and Bagged Securely**

Bulky Trash

Curbside bulky trash collections have resumed. Appointments may be scheduled by visiting bulkytrash.princegeorgescountymd.gov or by contacting 311.

**Bulky items should be placed at the curb no earlier than the night before your scheduled appointment date or by 6 a.m. the morning of your appointment date.** 

Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

Open to residential and commercial/business customers.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Electronic Acceptance Sites


Acceptance sites open.


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Prince George’s County Beautification Initiative

On January 6th, 2020, Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks launched the next phase of the Beautification Initiative based on feedback from residents. We want every Prince Georgian to be "Part of It, Proud of It, and to Keep Our County Clean and Beautiful." Learn more about our efforts last year and the next phase of our campaign by visiting: www.pgcproud.com.

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Trash/Recycling

Litter Reduction

Pets & Adoption

Clean Water

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