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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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.

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.