Inclement Weather Policy

inclement weather updates

In the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, once-a-week trash and recycling, and yard trim/waste collections may be delayed or suspended due to road or weather-related conditions. If collection services are postponed, every effort will be made to pick-up the missed collections on the following day after that day’s regular collections. If a regular Friday collection is suspended, that collection will occur on Saturday.  Residents are reminded to leave their collection containers at the curbside and that pickups can occur from 6 a.m to 8 p.m.

if once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended for two consecutive days, collections for the missed days will resume the following week on the regularly scheduled collection days.

For example, if collections are suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday, both collection days move to the following week.

If once-a-week trash/recycling collections are suspended on Friday, those collections will be collected on Saturday. If you receive trash/recycling collection service from a private trash collector, please contact them directly for their inclement weather collection policy.

Monday yard trim/waste collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected on the following Monday. Bulky trash collections suspended due to severe weather will be collected within seven (7) days. Residents will be contacted with a new collection date within that timeframe.

In all cases, residents are reminded to adhere to their current HOA or civic association rules and regulations regarding trash and recycling placed in public areas.

Waste Collection Tips During the Winter Months

Winter residential trash and recycling collection creates a unique set of challenges for sanitation truck drivers - routes can be obstructed by snow, vehicles may be blocking roadways and driving conditions may be poor or, even worse, treacherous.

Here are a few reminders to help residents and County Waste truck drivers have a safe and uneventful winter on the roadways this season. 

  • When sharing the road with a garbage truck, don’t treat it like any other vehicle - take special precautions around collection vehicles – they’re big, stop frequently, and may have blind spots.
  • A garbage truck weighs between 20 and 32 tons and takes about twice as long to come to a stop as compared to the average family vehicle so don’t quickly change lanes in front of a truck as you might with another car.
  • Slow down around garbage trucks and use extra caution. An extra minute or two safely navigating around a truck could prevent an accident or injury.
  • Winter roads make turning and stopping more difficult so allow adequate cushion between your vehicle and a garbage truck so, if necessary, you and the truck driver have time to react.

 Parents, please share these safety reminders with your children:

  • Large vehicles have blind spots – children should never assume a driver can see them. Stay a safe distance away from a garbage truck at all times.
  • Don’t play on or around garbage trucks. Trucks are interesting but they have a lot of moving parts that children need to keep a distance from.
  • Listen for beeping – beeping means the truck is reversing and you need to be clear.
  • Garbage trucks stop frequently. Children should never follow a truck on a bike or any other vehicle for any reason.
  • In the winter, never build snow huts or play in the snow near garbage trucks or near collection containers.

 Winter collection reminders:

  • Ashes, hot or cold, are not allowed in any County Waste container.
  • Please shovel snow as necessary so your drivers can safely and efficiently collect your trash and recycling at your residence.

Holiday Collection Schedule

If the holiday falls during the week of regular trash and recycling collection on Tuesday - Friday, all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will slide or be made one day later that week. County residents receiving County-contracted trash and recycling collection services will NOT receive pick-ups on the holidays listed on the Waste Collection Schedule unless otherwise noted.  For more information on holiday collection services, contact CountyClick 3-1-1.

Other Services

All services located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro may also experience suspension in services due to severe weather, including:

  • Brown Station Road Public Container Pad and Recycling Area
  • Electronics Recycling Acceptance Site
  • Household Hazardous Acceptance Site
  • Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling Center in Brandywine
  • Prince George's County Yard Waste Composting Facility
  • Scrap Tire and Appliance Disposal Sites
In addition, suspension or delay of services may also occur at the County's Materials Recycling Facility located at 1000 Ritchie Road in Capitol Heights and the Prince George's County Western Branch Yard Waste Composting Facility at 6550 SE Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro.

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