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Learn more about environmental policies, programs, and initiatives in Prince George’s County and how they may affect your household, business, community, and neighborhood.
With the passage of CB-12-2018, the single-stream recycling program expands to include and benefit business entities, as well as additional requirements for commercial and industrial properties. Contact your recycling vendor and processor to determine what materials generated by your business can be collected single-stream.
Coal Tar Sealant Ban
Effective July 1, 2015, it is illegal to sell, use or permit the use of coal tar pavement products on property in Prince George’s County (review a copy of CB-6-2015 (PDF)). Contractors or property owners that use a coal tar pavement product are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per day for each violation.
Effective July 1, 2014, licensees and owners of all single and multi-family rental facilities and condominiums shall provide an opportunity for tenants to voluntarily recycle designated recyclable material in the same manner as solid waste disposal, including convenient and accessible location with signage (review a copy of CB-087-2012).
Plastic Straw Ban
Effective July 1, 2020, Food Service and/or Retail businesses in Prince George’s County are prohibited from selling, distributing, or otherwise providing non-compostable straws and stirrers with certain foods or beverages (review a copy of CB-52-2019).
Effective July 1, 2015, plastic bags of any color, size, or shape, and plastic film (resin identification #4) are no longer accepted in the County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program.
Starting July 1, 2016, polystyrene (commonly referred to as "Styrofoam™"), polystyrene loose fill packaging (also known as "packing peanuts"), and other foam articles are not permitted for sale or use in Prince George’s County (review a copy of CB-05-2015).
Special Events Recycling
All organizers of events held in the County must provide clearly labeled recycling containers, next to trash cans, for special events serving food or drink on a public street or space, with 200 or more people expected (review a copy of CB-08-2017).
Yard Trim Collection
Effective January 1, 2014, residential curbside yard trim collection is no longer accepted in plastic bags.
Effective May 2, 2016, weekly curbside collection of yard trim will be collected year-round on Mondays only!