Unacceptable Items

Items Not Accepted

  • Auto parts
  • Broken glass
  • Dishes
  • Electronics
  • Gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical waste
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil containers
  • Packing foam and peanuts
  • Plastic bags (resin identification #4): Effective July 1, 2015, plastic bags of any color, size or shape, and plastic film are no longer accepted in the Prince George's County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program
  • Plastic utensils
  • Polystyrene/Styrofoam (#6 plastic)
  • Windowpanes

Plastic Bags are no longer accepted

We encourage you to recycle your clean and dry plastic bags at most grocery stores and other retailers instead of placing it in your recycling bin or cart.

Illustrations of What Not to Recycle


What Not to Place in Your Cart/Bin 

  • Any plastic bag (grocery, retail, or trash bag) 
  • Bread bags
  • Crinkle bags for cereal, pasta, or snack bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Wire & plastic clothes hangers
  • Fruit and vegetable bags (fresh/frozen)
  • Garden product bags (soil/mulch)
  • Newspaper bags
  • Zipper or stand-up pouches, bubble or cling wrap
  • Outer wrap from cases of soda, juice, and snacks
  • Outer wrap from meat or cheese products
  • Outer wrap from paper towel, napkin, and diaper packages

We recommend using reusable bags or totes when shopping or opt for paper bags where available. Find drop off locations.