Bulky Trash

Bulky Trash    


1. I’m new to the County and would like information on the improved Bulky Trash service and scheduling. 

Bulky Trash curbside collection is a service provided by Prince George’s County to remove oversized household items. Starting February 14, we’re rolling out a faster and improved curbside bulky trash collection pickup that will allow residents to set out two (2) bulky items or (2) two tightly secured bags per week with regular trash for pickup from the County provided trash hauler. Residents who do not receive County contracted collections services, and who only pay and receive bulky trash removal service, will still need to schedule an appointment via PGC311. White goods/large appliances or scrap tires will still need to be scheduled online through PGC311.

2. Why is the County offering curbside bulky collections alongside weekly scheduled trash?

Allowing residents to set out two items per week with regular trash will enable residents to dispose of unwanted items in a timelier manner, which reduces the wait time to dispose of Bulk items, and the temptation to improperly dispose of Bulky trash.

3. What is the County’s Clear the Curb Waste Collections Program?

The Clear the Curb Waste Collections includes all services offered to residents receiving County-contracted collection services or those who pay a fee for bulky trash removal. These services include regular trash, recycling, organics to include food scraps and yard trim, and the new, improved bulky trash collection program. 

4. What if I have four (4) standard bulky items that need disposal?

You can only set out two (2) standard bulky items or two (2) bags of small household items NEXT to the trash cart each week on your regularly scheduled collection day until all items are serviced. All bulky items MUST BE NEXT TO THE TRASH CART or the hauler will not collect the items.

5. I left my bulky items at the curb but forgot to place them next to my trash cart, and it wasn’t collected? 

For the hauler to know that the two (2) items left at the curb are included in the bulky trash collection, the resident must leave the items NEXT to the trash cart. That is the only way the hauler will know the items are to be collected. If the collection is missed, the resident can retry the collection the following week and remember to place the items in the correct area. 

In addition, the hauler cannot remove items that are blocked by vehicles, for example, the items are placed on the County’s right of way and a car is parked parallel to the curb, blocking the items. The hauler cannot maneuver items around a vehicle, so items should be moved away from the car or the car moved to have direct access from curb to the truck.   

6. I am expecting a collection for items that I am donating. How should I handle placing it at the curb?

For the hauler to not mistakenly pick up these items, assuming they are not for bulky trash, residents should place those items in another area and place a “DONATION” sign on those items. 

7. Where can I find a list of acceptable and non-acceptable bulky trash items?

You can find a list of acceptable items at mypgc.us/clearthecurb or bit.ly/PGCbulkyacceptable.

Acceptable Items 
  • Carpet and padding (Limit of carpet and padding is 324 sq. ft. - rolled and tied on ends)
  • Doors and cabinets
  • Furniture: such as sofas, coffee tables, bed head/footboards, dressers, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Mattresses and box springs (must be covered in protective plastic encasement)
    • Note:  Effective February 1, 2019, for the health and safety of staff, Prince George’s County residents requesting curbside collection of Bulky items will be required to completely cover mattresses and box springs in a protective plastic covering. Mattresses and box springs delivered to the Landfill by residents will not be required to be covered in protective encasement.
  • Hot water heaters and push lawn mowers (Remove the gas tank and drain the oil from lawnmowers)
  • No more than two (2) large bags of smaller household items such as knick-knacks, home décor, small kitchen appliances (i.e., toaster ovens, toasters, blenders, air fryers, crock pots) can be set out instead of two regular bulky items. The two (2) large bags count as the two (2) maximum bulky items that can be set out on trash collection day.

8. What Bulky Items are Accepted by Appointment Only?

All white goods, including refrigerators, washer and dryers, stoves, and air conditioners. 
Vehicle Tires (Limit of 4; non-commercial vehicle tires only, no commercial vehicle tires) 

Examples of Non-Acceptable Items 
  • Animal carcasses 
  • Asbestos 
  • Ash   
  • Automobiles or auto parts 
  • Any hazardous waste, chemical and/or petroleum cleanup waste, biohazardous medical waste, radioactive materials, sewage, septic waste 
  • Compressed cylinders of any size, shape or condition 
  • Construction and demolition debris, home renovation/remodeling debris, shingles, roofing materials 
  • Drums, tanks, kegs, and barrels (plastic and metal) greater than 55 gallons in size unless the sides are removed, and the vessel flattened before collection 
  • Fencing/sheds/gazebos 
  • Glass, windows, mirrors 
  • Household trash  
  • Materials from evictions, foreclosures, unoccupied properties, commercial properties, or apartment complexes 
  • Plastic packing materials and plastic sheeting 
  • Riding lawnmowers 
  • Skids and pallets 
  • Soil, rocks, grubbing material 
  • Stumps and logs, wood (unless it is a piece of furniture) 

9. What other resources are available for the disposal of bulky items?

Items such as construction materials, brick, rocks, soil, etc., are not acceptable for bulky trash or permitted at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill.   
Please visit these sites for a list of non-profit organizations/companies that may accept/haul your items. Be aware there may be a fee.
·          Builders Recycling Guide
·         Community Fork Lift 
·          Ritchie Land Reclamation Landfill (Rubble fill) 
·          Maryland Environment Services Organics Composting Facility (Prince George’s Yard Waste Facility