Curbside Composting

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With the successful implementation of the Curbside Food Scraps Composting pilot and two expansions, Prince George’s County is proud to launch Phase 2 and expansion to eligible residents receiving County-contracted trash and recycling services. Our campaign slogan is “Every meal. Every scrap. Every Monday.” The program adds another sanitation collection service to the County’s weekly pickup schedule. 

We are implementing this program with a phased rollout. Eligible residents in north, central and south County will receive direct mail outlining their wheeled green cart and kitchen pail deliveries. All other eligible residents will receive materials in 2023.

The County is offering this program to help keep valuable materials, that are not waste, out of our landfill, reduce excessive greenhouse gas emissions, protect our environment, and reduce the cost and environmental impacts of trash pickup.

Eligible households will receive everything needed to start composting, including a 32-gallon wheeled green cart, a 2-gallon kitchen pail, a How-To Guide, a refrigerator magnet, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and a list of acceptable compostable liners. 

Food and food-soiled paper items, including paper towels, plates and napkins, pizza boxes, and ice cream containers, may be composted by setting out at the curb by 6 am on Mondays for collection. Residents are asked to include only food, food-related items, and yard trim/waste (optional) in the cart for collection. If yard trim/waste is not stored in the cart, residents may continue to place yard trim/waste beside the cart in paper yard trim/waste bags or another container with a tight-fitting lid marked "Yard Trim" or "Yard Waste." However, all food and food-soiled items must be placed in the 32- gallon wheeled organics cart for pick-up.

Curbside Compost Educational Materials

How-To Compost Guide
Acceptable Compost Food and Yard Trim Items
Acceptable Compostable Liners
Curbside Compost FAQ

Other questions? Email us at pgccomposts@co.pg.md.us 

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Using Your Mini Bin

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Learn How to Compost with this Video Guide!


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Weekly curbside collection of food scraps is year-round on Mondays only, EXCEPT on certain holidays (see holiday collection schedule below). Food scraps are collected with yard trim, but food-related items must be placed in the County-issued 32-gallon "organics" wheeled cart. Yard trim includes grass clippings, leaves, small branches, brush, and Christmas trees (December through January).

For more information about food scraps and yard trim collection, contact PGC311.

Food Scraps Collection Holiday Schedule                                        

 HolidayServices Resume 
 Memorial Day The next Monday following the holiday
 Independence Day/4th of July The next Monday following the holiday
 Labor Day The next Monday following the holiday


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Background

The pilot program was funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. Collections began in the PepperMill/Carmody Hill and Wilburn areas in December of 2017 and in January 2018 in the Tantallon/Ft. Washington area. In July 2021, the opportunity was expanded to include areas within Upper Marlboro, Suitland, District Heights, Forestville, Beltsville, and Laurel. All materials are transported for processing at the County-owned Organics Composting Facility located at 6550 South East Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, by the contracted hauler for the participating areas.

Learn more about the Food Scrap Composting Pilot Project (PDF).

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What are Food Scraps?

About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally each year, around 40% of that comes from restaurants and 10% from Grocery Stores.*

Food scraps are exactly what they sound like: any pre or post-consumed food substance that is discarded.

Nearly 24% of the garbage landfilled in Prince George’s County is food waste that could have been composted.  Sending your food scraps to the Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility (OCF) for composting will help keep valuable materials out of our landfills, reduce harmful greenhouse gases, protect our environment and help Prince George’s County get closer to our zero waste and waste diversion goals.  Businesses that compost will be viewed by customers as environmentally conscious, and you may experience savings in disposal costs, as the composting facility’s fee is less than most landfills.

Watch this video tour of the Organics Composting Facility!

Many businesses in Prince George’s County are already sending their food scraps to the County’s Organics Composting Facility. Instead of tossing your organics in the garbage and having them go to the landfill, where it partially decomposes and releases methane (one of the most potent greenhouse gasses and causes of climate change), they can be 100% composted into an all-organic soil amendment.   

Want to join the successful businesses diverting their food scraps to the composting facility?

  • Evaluate your waste stream to determine the number of food scraps generated daily or weekly
  • Call the (OCF) at 301.627.6388 to obtain detailed information, take a tour, and establish an account 
  • Ask your current hauler or contact another local hauler for delivery service to the OCF.  Click here  for a list of County licensed haulers

Listing the names of licensed haulers operating in Prince George’s County this does not constitute an endorsement by the County of their products and/or services. If you are a licensed hauler in Prince George’s County and are not listed, please contact the Recycling Section at 301-883-3635 for business and hauling licensing information.

Visit EPA's website for more information on the benefits of reducing waste

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Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility

The Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility located at 6500 Old Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro is one of the largest composting facilities on the East Coast accepting yard trim and food scraps through its residential curbside collection program, institutions and educational facilities.

The facility produces a nutrient-rich amendment product called Leafgro Gold® that is great for flower gardens, vegetable gardens, perennials, bulbs, planting trees and shrubs. 

Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility
6550 SE Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Watch this video to learn about the Organics Composting Facility operations!

Learn more about the Organics Composting Facility