Materials Recycling Facility

Materials Recycling Facility
1000 Ritchie Road ​Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
(301) 324-4760

​Hours of Operation: ​Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

​Commercial vehicles only. No private vehicles allowed​.

​Scheduled Tours: Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) remains operational, but closed to the public. All tours have been suspended until further notice. For more information please contact the Recycling Section by calling 301-883-3635. 

​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 processing facility for single-stream collection were completed in 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. Watch them!

​​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 Single-Stream System

Advantages converting to a single-stream system include:
  • Technological advances
  • Easy and convenience to county residents and citizens
  • Increased recycling rate
  • Reduced collection cost
  • Increased types of material collected

Single-stream recycling program in Prince George’s County

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.

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Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) remains operational but closed to the public. All in-person tours have been suspended until further notice. For your convenience, we welcome you to take a virtual tour of the facility here. For more information please contact the Recycling Section by calling 301-883-3635. 

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Curbside Collection

Residents must place containers curbside by 6 a.m. on the day of collection. Collections begin as early as 6 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.


**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. Learn how to dispose of properly by clicking here. 


** Plastic bags are NOT accepted. Place recyclables loose and un-bagged in your recycling cart or bin. **

The County provides single-stream recycling, which means items should be placed in the same container, without the need to sort or separate.

Overflow of recyclables can be placed on any receptacle or cardboard box marked with an X or the word “Recycling." Cardboard boxes will be collected with contents.


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 un-bagged recyclables. 

**Brown Station Road Convenience Center is unable to accept used motor oil from residents until further notice. Used motor oil may still be disposed at the Missouri Avenue Convenience Center and/or at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Lot located at the landfill.**

Bulky Trash

Curbside bulky trash collections have resumed. Appointments may be scheduled by visiting 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.** 

Organics Composting FacilityOpen to commercial and business customers. The site is not conducive to small vehicular traffic. Residents with very large loads of yard trim may utilize the facility, however, be advised there is a tipping fee that will be charged.
Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

Open to residential and commercial/business customers.

Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) & Electronic Recycling Acceptance Sites

Acceptance sites only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.