Reuse/Recycling Alternatives

Bulky Donations

January 2023 Recycling Opportunities

Christmas Tree and Natural Decoration Recycling

Residents receiving County-provided services can place their cut and live holiday trees, as well as natural wreaths made from leaves, twigs and garland, curbside by 6 a.m. Monday throughout January, for collection with yard trim and food scraps (NO artificial items!). These items can also be dropped off during regular business hours at the Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center in Upper Marlboro. 

Trees are "recycled" and turned into mulch for the Department's annual March Madness giveaway event in April. 

String Light Recycling

Recycle holiday string lights at participating retailers or bring them to the Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center OR the Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site (located within the landfill) during regular business hours until Saturday, February 4, 2023. More information about our facilities here

Lights are shredded into tiny bits and sorted into various components that make up the lights such as copper, glass, and PVC.  The individual components are then recycled.

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Consider donating your gently used appliances, clothing, furniture, or other household items to a friend, local charity, or non-profit organization before placing the items at the curb or throwing them away. Many thrift stores also accept various items for donations. Not only will you be helping divert items from the landfill, but you will also be helping others in our community!

Source reduction tip: Buy secondhand items from reuse stores (like Community Forklift, Goodwill, Habitat Restore, or thrift stores) to reduce manufacturing demand and help keep items out of the landfill.

Some organizations offer drop-off services or you can schedule a pick-up, if in their service area. Please check with the organization's guidelines to see what items are accepted and how to prepare items for proper reuse/donation.   

Below is a list of some organizations that accept various items for recycling including bulky items, electronics, and more.

Organizations Accepting Donations (in good/working condition)

OrganizationSample of Acceptable Items

Community Forklift

Appliances, cabinets, carpets, doors, flooring, furniture, glass and mirrors, home decor, light fixtures, lumber, masonry, sinks, toilets, tiles, windows, and others.


Books, clothing & shoes, games/toys, housewares, and SOME electronics.

(Furniture and bulky items no longer accepted December 2021)

GreenDrop / Purple Heart

Clothing & shoes, household items, kitchenware, games/toys, small appliances, electronics, books, sporting goods, and small furniture. 

Running vehicles accepted via

Habitat for Humanity

Appliances, clothing & shoes, furniture, building materials, household goods, kitchenware, and vehicles.

MD Recycles Directory

Appliances, baby items, beds, clothing, electronics, food, furniture, hobby items (arts/crafts, camping, gardening, music, sports, etc.), hangers, houseware, office supplies, packaging, paint, pet supplies, rugs, salvage (including scrap metal), tools, vehicles and much more!

MOM's Organic Market

ONLY - Batteries, cell phones & tablets, compost, eyeglasses, shoes, oyster shells, natural cork

Annual drives: Denim Drive (typically in Spring) and Holiday Lights Recycling Drive (typically in Winter)

The Salvation Army

Appliance, clothing & shoes, electronics, furniture, hobby items, household goods, toys, vehicles. 

While the Prince George's County Memorial Library System is not accepting book donations at this time, third-party donation bins are available at the Accokeek, Beltsville, Bowie, Greenbelt, Largo-Kettering, Oxon Hill, and South Bowie branches.

PGCMLS book donations suspended 2021 Opens in new window 

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