Inclement Weather Policy

inclement weather updates

In the event of inclement weather, residents are advised that bulky trash, trash, recycling, and yard trim/waste collections may be delayed or suspended due to road or weather-related conditions.

DoE inclement weather policies
If severe weather conditions delay services for one (1) day, those collections will occur after the following days regularly scheduled collections. For example, if weather prevents collection on your regularly scheduled Tuesday, then it will be collected after Wednesday’s regular collections.

If a regular Friday collection is suspended, that collection will occur on Saturday.
If severe weather conditions delay services for two (2) consecutive days, collection will resume the following week on your regular day.

For example, if weather prevents collection for Tuesday AND Wednesday collections, both Tuesday and Wednesday collections will be collected the following week.

Missed yard trim collections on Mondays will be picked up the following Monday.

Residents scheduled with bulky trash appointments will be contacted and rescheduled within seven (7) days.

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.

The County will make every effort to post any information regarding delayed or suspended collections on the County’s website at, or DoE’s website at, or you may contact 3-1-1

Remember that all collections can occur anytime from 6 AM to 8 PM.


Windy Day Waste Collection Tips
Strategies to help you keep litter in the can

When high winds are in the forecast, residents are reminded to secure their recycling and trash wheeled carts and bins to prevent litter and possible damage to the containers. Residents may find it necessary to pull their containers into the garage, move them to the side or rear of the house to prevent items from blowing out of the receptacles.

Other tips residents should consider to reduce wind-blown trash and recycling:

  • Secure 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 day to place it at the curb.
  • Place a heavy object on top of the lid to keep items from blowing out.
  • Turn your container parallel to the curb with the wind directed at the back of the bin.
  • Bag all your trash before placing it in the wheeled container marked for trash. This is especially important for small, lightweight items. REMEMBER, plastic bags are NOT allowed in recycling containers.
  • 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.
  • Once collections are completed, check around your area to see if any materials may have inadvertently been left behind and toss in the appropriate waste receptacle for the next collection cycle.

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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