Household refuse (food wastes accumulated in normal household use) is collected by the Department of Public Works twice each week. Collections are made from alleys, backyard set-out, or at curbside. The method of collection is dependent upon an individual’s need and circumstances. Be sure to use 20/32-gallon sturdy containers with handles and tight fitting lids. The contents of the container may not exceed 80 pounds. Household refuse containers must be set out to the curb before 7:00 a.m. the morning of the collection and must be returned to their storage place by 7:30 p.m. the evening of the pickup. To determine which day is designated for your trash pickup, please access the Refuse Route Map.
As taxpayers, commercial and apartment customers are entitled to the same level of refuse collection provided to each residential customer in the City. That is, two pickups per week with a volume of less than 55 gallons per pickup. Volumes of refuse or frequency of pickup exceeding these limits are subject to a fee based on a schedule established by the Mayor and City Council.
Bulk Pickup Service
Residential Special Pickup collection is intended for the unusually large accumulation of household or yard wastes that cannot be picked up in the normal twice a week refuse collection. Special Pickups are available to single-or two-family dwelling units. Please refer to our Refuse Special Pickup Calendar for information on pickup days.
Scheduling: Requests for pickups must be made by the end of the day MONDAY. To contact us by phone call: 301-725-0088 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (TTY/Text users call via Maryland Relay). After hour callers may leave a message on our automated voice mail system. For your convenience you can also schedule a special pickup or yard debris collection 24/7 by e-mailing Public Works at email@example.com.
- A base fee of $10 is charged per pickup.
- An additional fee of $5/$10/$15/$20 per item is charged for certain items (electronics, large pieces of furniture, TVs, major appliances, oversized pieces of lumber, etc.).
- An additional fee of $10 each is charged for passenger tire (up to 16.5”).
You will be told when you are scheduling your pickup if there will be an additional fee. HELPFUL HINT – if it takes two men to pick it up – there may be an additional fee.
- Be as specific as possible regarding items to be picked up – different trucks are assigned to pick up different items (metal/yard debris/misc.)
- Billable items that are not on the list will not be picked up unless authorized by the resident. Please refer to the fee schedule for a list of billable items.
- Please separate metal items and yard debris from other bulky items.
- We cannot take construction and demolition debris, asbestos, liquids (including paint), automotive parts, shingles and roofing materials. If you have a contractor working in your home, the contractor is responsible for hauling away the debris.
- We cannot take household hazardous items, such as oil-based paint, paint thinners and solvents, pesticides, and car batteries. See the Household Hazardous Waste for more information on the proper way to dispose of these items. Empty or completely dried up LATEX PAINT CANS may be collected. Please notify Public Works if you are including empty paint cans in the special pickup.
- Special pickup items and yard debris must be set out to the curb before 7:00 a.m. the morning of the collection. For your convenience items may be set out after 7:30 a.m. on the Saturday before the scheduled pickup.
- For safety reasons please remove the doors from all appliances (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, etc.).
- For information and instructions for disposal of items outside of these guidelines, please call the Department of Public Works.
Through the operation of the Brown Station Road Landfill in Upper Marlboro, the County's Waste Management Department works to ensure the proper disposal of waste and the compliance of all regulatory requirements. The Brown Station Road Landfill also provides opportunities to recycle used motor oil, antifreeze, tires, and large appliances.
Brown Station Road Landfill- 301-952-7610
Area residents and businesses may use the Brown Station Road Landfill in Upper Marlboro. The site is about 23 miles south of Laurel on Maryland Route 202. The landfill is open six days per week (except holidays) from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays for residents. Dumping fees are established by Prince George's County, there is a $10.00 minimum fee up to 400 pounds.
The refuse disposal site the City uses prohibits sludge, chemical waste, large automotive parts, and animal carcasses. The City must therefore restrict these items from collection. For information in disposing of these materials, please visit our Hazardous Waste page.
The City's refuse collection crews do not normally work on holidays. You can access our calendar for our refuse collection and holiday schedules.
Burning Trash and Leaves
The burning of trash and leaves is prohibited by law. Please call us to arrange for the proper disposal of such items.
Questions or Comments
If you need any additional information or have any questions or comments, please call us at 301-725-0088 or you may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.