Waste & Recycling

A division of the Department of the Environment (DoE), the Resource Recovery Division's mission 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 effectively managing trash, yard trim, household hazardous waste, and bulky materials. By ensuring cleaner water and air quality, the County is fulfilling its goals of protecting our natural resources while promoting a better quality of life for our community.

Upcoming Holiday Waste Collection Schedule

County government offices, except public safety agencies, will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. 

Yard trim and food scraps will not be collected curbside on Monday, May 27, and will resume on Monday, June 3. Trash and recycling collection will remain on a regular schedule for residents receiving County-provided services.  

Memorial Day

Curbside Bulky Trash

Residents receiving County-provided services can place two (2) standard bulky items directly NEXT to the trash cart/can for collection. For more information, visit our Clear the Curb page


PGC Composts

Prince George's County has expanded its free Curbside Composting program, PGC Composts! Now, all residents receiving County-provided trash and recycling services can participate in this program to help protect the environment and keep valuable materials out of our landfills. 

Residents with County-provided organic collections are advised to line their green-wheeled carts with absorbent material such as yard trim, leaves, paper towels, paper napkins, newspaper, or pizza boxes to help soak up odor and moisture. FAQs and more tips on preparing yard trim and food scraps can be found at mypgc.us/compost.


Waste Collection Carts

The County will issue one (1) recycling wheeled cart, one (1) trash wheeled cart, and one (1) organics wheeled cart to household residences that receive county-contracted collection services. Learn more about County-issued carts here


What do I do with my old curbside trash can?

This section does NOT apply to County-issued containers.

  • Repurpose your old non-county-issued trash can by using it as an extra trash container, labeled with the word "trash; a recycling container, labeled with "recycle" or a large "X"; or a yard trim container, labeled with "yard trim/compost."


  • To dispose of your old personally owned container(s), set the container upside down on your trash collection day with a note clearly and legibly stating, “TAKE WITH TRASH.” The trash hauler will collect the old container(s), which will be disposed of as trash. 


For questions on County-issued carts, contact PGC311.


Contact Resource Recovery Division


3500 Brown Station Road

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Mon - Fri

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat - Sun