- When are special pickups?
Residential Special Pickups are made on most Wednesdays throughout the year. There are no pickups in weeks with a holiday and during the winter months, pickups are reduced to roughly every other week depending on how the holidays fall. Please check the City calendar or call the office to verify pickup dates.
- How do I request a special pickup?
Requests for pickups must be made by the end of the day Monday.
Submit your request via the web or mobile app with MyLaurel MD!
Select Refuse, Recycling, and Other Pickups, then select Special / Bulk Pickup in the subtype dropdown!
To contact us by phone, call 301-725-0088 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (TTY / Text users call via Maryland Relay). After-hour callers may leave a message on our automated voicemail system. For your convenience, you can also schedule a special pickup or yard debris collection 24 / 7 by emailing Public Works. You can also schedule a bulk item pickup through our online app located below through the My Laurel mobile app.
- How do I prepare a special pickup?
Special pickup items must be set out to the curb before 7 am the morning of the collection. For your convenience items may be set out after 7:30 am on the Saturday before the scheduled pickup. If you have a homeowner's association (HOA) they may have more restrictive requirements on when items may be set out.
Items must be at the curb or as close to the street as possible. We can not come onto your private property to collect items placed against the house, under a deck, etc.
Please separate your metal items from your regular household goods. The Department has separate trucks to collect metal items and regular household items.
During the day of your pickup, you may find half of the pile has been taken and the other half was "missed." This may be because one truck (metal truck or household truck) has been through but the other has not. If you believe your items were missed please call the office the next day (Thursday) so we can return your items.
- What do I do with restricted items?
If you have restricted items that the City of Laurel cannot collect, you will want to contact the Prince George's County Dump - The Brown Station Landfill at 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 dump is not affiliated with the City of Laurel but is under the jurisdiction of the Prince George's County Government. You will want to contact them directly for hours, items accepted and dumping fees.
- What is compostable?
Compostable Items List
Food Items Other Items Fruits and Vegetables Corrugated fruit and vegetable boxes Bread, pasta, grains (no raw dough) Paper ice cream containers Eggs and Egg Shells Compostable bags Coffee grounds and filters (no "Keurig style" cups) Grass and Leaves (no sticks or branches) Tea bags - loose tea Paper Towels, Napkins - kitchen only Meat (including bones) Paper plates - only uncoated or compostable Dairy Products - Milk, butter, cheese - No containers! Food-soiled newspaper Seafood (including shellfish) Pizza boxes - clean or "greasy" Leftover and spoiled food Paper bags (uncoated) with or without food scraps N/A Approved compostable tableware N/A Animal hair and dryer lint
- What is not compostable?
There are a few compostable things we are not accepting in our composting and a few non-compostable items you might think are compostable but are not. Please do not put the following in your Organics Recycling and Composting containers:
- Yard Debris. Please request a Yard Debris pickup.
- Animal feces.
- Paper plates, paper cartons, and paper containers with a thin waxy or plastic lining.
- Paper Towels are used for cleaning with chemical cleaning products.
- Can you put things loose into your beige container?
Yes, but we do not recommend it. Larger things like greasy pizza boxes may be ok, but small messy things like watermelon rinds and crab shells may not. We can't guarantee every scrap will shake out cleanly and your container could become smelly and dirty if you do not use the bio-bags. One option is to use a large paper yard debris bag inside your container or you can purchase 35-gallon compostable bags online if you want to put items straight into the larger container. Public Works can give you some brands that are acceptable at our composting facility.
- Should you lock the container on pickup day?
Yes! The lock is meant to keep critters out of your container. Our laborers will unlock the container when they do the pickup.
- Do I have to put my container out every Wednesday?
Whatever works best for you! You can put it out every Wednesday or wait until it is mostly full. We will stop by every Wednesday to check for your container regardless.
- Can dog hair and cat hair go into the composting container?
Yes! In addition to the hair - dryer lint is also acceptable - never would have guessed that one.
- How do I get more composting bags?
You can send us an email or give us a call and we'll be glad to get more bags delivered to you. You can also purchase your own bags online so long as you make sure they are biodegradable bags.
- How do I get a replacement filter for my countertop can?
The filters provided last for 3 months. The first replacement filter will be provided by the City, just give us a call or an email and we will deliver it. Replacement filters after this can be bought at hardware stores and cut to fit your container.
- Do you still have room for more people to sign up?
Yes! We're a bit more than half full, so if you have any neighbors or friends in the City who may want to do organics recycling, please send them our way!
- What is yard waste?
Yard Waste includes normal lawn and garden debris such as leaves, brush, grass clippings, twigs, pruning, and small branches (not more than 3 inches in diameter and not longer than 4 feet). Bamboo is not accepted in the City's Yard Waste and must be called in as a Bulky Pickup.
- How do I request collections?
Yard Debris Collections are made on most Wednesdays. View the Yard Debris calendar for the complete collection schedule. Requests for pickups must be made by the end of the day Monday. During April, the Department will offer an additional Monday pickup, which must be scheduled before the end of the day Thursday. To contact us by phone, call 301-725-0088 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (TTY / Text users call via Maryland Relay). After-hour callers may leave a message on our automated voicemail system. For your convenience, you can also schedule a yard debris pickup 24/7 by emailing Public Works. You can also schedule a yard debris pickup through our online app located below through the My Laurel mobile app.
- Why do I need to request a collection?
Even though Yard Debris is free, it is still considered a special collection. Our crews do not drive through the entire city looking for yard waste, but instead each week they are given a route of only those addresses where the pickup was requested. We also only pick up at those addresses who made requests. Even if other yard debris is out along a street where we are picking up we do not take it because we want our residents to get into the habit of calling us to get put on the list each week they need yard debris picked up.