Single-Stream Recycling - What Makes it Easy?
Call PGC311 from within Prince George’s County; 301-883-4748 calls from outside the county.
With single-stream recycling, all recyclable materials are placed in the same container. Single-stream recycling provides county businesses with many benefits that include:
- Using compactors and bailers to consolidate recyclable materials
- Saving money on recycling and disposal fees
- Using only 1 container for commercial property owners’ recyclables
Please contact your recycling vendor and processor to determine what materials your business generates can be collected single-stream.
Recycling Plan and Report for Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Businesses
In 2012, the County enacted CB-87, which is legislation addressing recycling for the licensees and/or owners of all multifamily rental facilities and condominiums as well as commercial and industrial properties. Under this law, all owners of multifamily, commercial and industrial properties are to provide the opportunity for the voluntary separation of designated recyclable materials.
Fast forward to 2018, with the passage of CB-12-2018, the recycling program expands to include business entities, as well as additional requirements for commercial and industrial properties.
If you are:
- an individual Business Entity (an individual who that sit on), or
- a Licensee and/or Owner of a Multi-Family Rental Facility or Condominium,
Recycling is Good Business: Make it Your Business!
Businesses play an important role in Prince George's County's Recycling Program. Approximately one-half of the county's solid waste stream is produced by the business sector. Businesses also account for 2/3 of the county's current recycling rate.
All businesses can recycle. The Department of the Environment Recycling Section will assist your business in implementing a successful recycling program.
If you don't already have one, establish a recycling program at your business or multi-tenant facility. Setting up a program is easy and we can help!
If you already have a recycling program, submit a copy of your Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) Recycling Tonnage Report to the Department of the Environment Recycling Section. Your recycling hauler may also submit the report on your behalf with your business/property name and address listed on the report.
How to Start a Recycling Program
The steps to start a successful recycling program include:
- Obtain the support of the executive management
- Appoint a coordinator and program monitors to plan and implement the program.
- Determine the number of people participating and the types and amounts of recyclables generated.
- Discuss the program with local recyclers, and seek quotes from recycling haulers.
- Develop an efficient collection system.
- Educate all employees.
- Purchase items that can be recycled or reused.
- Publicize the success of the program.
Call PGC311 for more information.
Important County Legislation
CB-12-2018 Solid Waste Disposal -Commercial Recycling
CB-8-2017 Recycling -Special Events
CB-87-2012 County Recycling Program
To view a list of the County's acceptable recycling materials, visit us at bit.ly/pgcrecyclingcenter.
CB-5-2015 Expanded Polystyrene Ban
To learn more, visit the Legislative Updates page.