Resource Recovery Division

A division of the Department of the Environment (DoE), the mission of the Resource Recovery Division is to manage the collection, recycling, reduction and disposal of municipal solid waste in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner, while complying with all Federal, State and local regulatory requirements.

The Resource Recovery Division works to improve our environment by providing recycling and the effective management of trash, yard waste, household hazardous waste and bulky materials. The county is fulfilling its goals of protecting our natural resources while promoting a better quality of life for our community by ensuring cleaner water and air quality.

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TIPS FOR TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION 
DURING HIGH WINDS

Consider these tips to reduce wind-blown trash and recycling

  • Residents should secure their recycling and trash bins and wheeled carts to prevent litter and possible damage to the containers.
  • Place lighter materials at the bottom of your wheeled cart and heavier items on top to prevent the lighter items from blowing out.
  • If your wheeled cart is only half-full, consider waiting until your next collection to place it at the curb.
  • Turn your container so that the side is parallel to the curb and the wind is directed at the back of the bin.
  • Bag all your trash before placing it in the wheeled container. This is especially important for small, lightweight items.
  • Compact the trash – if you have loose items, place bagged trash on top of them to prevent them from blowing out of the cart.
  • Be sure your lid can close. Trash and recycling items are more susceptible to blowing out of the cart when the lid is not completely shut.
  • Bring your cart in as soon as possible after collection to reduce the risk of your cart blowing down the street.
  • If you are home, keep an eye on neighborhood carts. Secure them if it looks like the cart or items from it are blowing away.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Christmas Lights Recycling Program

DoE is pleased to offer residents a place to recycle old Christmas lights. Residents may take old lights to the Brown Station Road Landfill, Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site, located at 11611 Whitehouse Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Lights may be dropped off from December to January 31, 2018 during regular business hours, Thursday thru Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The lights are shredded into tiny bits and the bits are 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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DID YOU KNOW ... that Prince George's County is No. 1 in the state of Maryland for recycling and waste diversion!  That means, you're recycling more and trashing less in your home and businesses.  Keep up the good work Prince Georgians!  For more information on ways to improve your recycling, contact the Recycling Section within the Resource Recovery Division at (301) 883-3635.   View the entire list of County recycling and waste diversion rates in Maryland.


NEW - With the delivery of the new trash toters, residents may be wondering what to do with their old, unwanted residential trash cans. Here is how to recycle or dispose of them.
  • Repurpose your old trash can by using it as a yard trim can or extra recycling can (mark with an "X" or word "Recycling")
  • Deliver (bring) your old can to one of the two convenience centers for the Prince George's County Public Schools to repurpose and/or for the County to recycle as rigid plastics or scrap metal. The convenience centers are Brown Station Road Public container Pad and Recycling Area and Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling Center.
  • Set the can upside down on your trash collection day and the trash hauler will collect the old trash can which will be disposed of as trash.
  • For more information, contact CountyClick 3-1-1.