Prince George’s County, Maryland: Municipal Solid Waste Collection And Drop Off Centers

The Waste Management Division is responsible for managing, collecting, reducing, recycling, and disposing of municipal solid waste in the most cost-effective, safe, and efficient manner. All of this is possible through the single-stream system, which involves separate bins for recyclable materials. However, since the Prince George’s County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) was converted into a more efficient processing facility for single-stream waste collection, residents no longer need to separate the recyclables from the other materials.

Prince George's County, MD Waste Management Division

Prince George’s County Landfill

 

The once-a-week trash collection may at times be insufficient for some residents, especially during the autumn season, when yard waste is more prominent. Also, there will come a time, when it is necessary to dispose of hazardous wastes and electronics. Two additional drop-off centers are set up in conveniently located areas for multi-material recycling and trash disposal.

Prince George's County, Maryland Waste Management Divsion

Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center (Non-commercial vehicles only)
3501 Brown Station Road
Suitland, Maryland 20772
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays and major holidays

Missouri Avenue Public Convenience Center
12701 Missouri Avenue
Brandywine, Maryland 20613
Hours:
Mon, Wed, & Fri 6:30am-3pm
Tue & Thurs 10am – 6:30pm
Sat 7:30am – 4pm
Closed on Sundays and major holidays

Acceptable Materials:

  • Plastic small and large outdoor toys, water bottles, and food containers
  • Newspapers, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, hard and soft cover books
  • Narrow-necked glass and metal cans
  • Aerosol, aluminum, ferrous, bimetal, and steel food/beverage containers
  • Residential yard waste (Brown Station Convenience Center Only)
  • Bagged household trash
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medication bottles

Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill
11611 White House Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
(301) 952-7625
Hours: Thurs, Fri, and Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Closed Mon-Wed and Sun

  • Automotive acid and household batteries, fuels, and fluids
  • Cooking oil
  • Cleaning agents
  • Varnishes, stains, solvents, oil-based paint
  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers (may also be returned to the manufacturer)
  • Residential yard waste (accepted Thursday thru Saturday 8am-3:30pm only)
  • Electronics (accepted Thursday thru Saturday from 8am-3:30pm only)
  • Tires, scrap metal, and air filters
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medication bottles

Vehicles are unloaded by licensed hazardous material professionals, so county residents can remain in their vehicle throughout the process. This service is provided to all Prince George’s County residents for free of charge and paid for by fees collected through property taxes.

Proper Disposal of Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent lights bulbs (CFL) should not be placed in with your household waste. If the CFL bulbs are intact, they will be accepted at any Home Depot store. Take them to the “Returns Desk” and the store associate will place them in a safe location. The used CLF bulbs will be transported to an environmental management company to ensure public safety and environmental compliance. Broken CFL bulbs should be placed in a cardboard box and sealed garbage bag, before being placed into the trash bin.

Proper Disposal of Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs

All expired or unused medication should be crushed, mixed with soil, kitty litter, or coffee grounds and then placed in a sealable plastic bag or impermeable container. To protect your personal information, be sure to remove all labels from the prescription bottles, before tossing into the waste bin.

Proper Disposal of Electronics

Disposal of broken or unwanted electronics requires a bit of knowhow. The hard drive is a very important component that stores all sorts of data. These components are a treasure trove for thieves, because they often contain the owner’s personal and financial information. When a file is saved, the bits and pieces of data are scattered throughout the hard drive. As soon as the file is opened, the hard drive will quickly gather all the bits and pieces and compile them together to create one complete file. Most individuals think that a deleted file means all of the bits and pieces are permanently deleted from the hard drive. This is a huge misconception that can put one at risk of identity theft, especially if the computer is going to be disposed of in the near future. The only way to permanently erase the data from the hard drive is with a data destruction software program. Be sure to backup your files first, because once it is wiped clean there will be no chance of retrieving them.

Instead of taking the computer to the recycling center, you should consider donating it to a charity. There are various charities that accept used computers and distribute them to needy families. You could always try to resell it, by advertising it in your local newspaper or online websites that offer local classified services such as Craigslist. If you do decide to recycle the computer, you should consider contacting the manufacturer first. Many manufacturers have programs to help consumers safely recycle their used or broken computers and components.

Used, broken, and unwanted electronics are accepted at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill. Acceptable items include:

  • Mice and keyboards
  • Laptop and desktop computers
  • Mobile phones and pagers
  • Radios, CD players, VCRs, stereos, and scanners
  • Fax machines, printers, copiers, and ink/toner cartridges
  • Cables, main frames, CPUs, circuit boards, and surge protectors
  • Non-console TVs, telephone systems, and computer speakers

Unacceptable items include:

  • Boxes
  • Software
  • Stereo speakers
  • Small appliances

There is a maximum limit of 5 computer monitors and/or non-console TVs during each drop off. The Greener Gadgets website can also help you locate local businesses that will accept used electronics at no cost. Morningside, Maryland senior citizens over the age of 65 may be eligible for collection services.

To learn more about the Waste Management Division collection services and center, please use the following link to be directed to a PDF.

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