Organics Recycling

Organics Recycling Program Main LogoDear Resident!

The City of Laurel is committed to finding ways to help residents live by the three R's of recycling - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. With that in mind, Mayor Craig A. Moe has asked the Department of Public Works to initiate a pilot program for organics recycling. Public Works has purchased small kitchen composting containers, with a charcoal filter to reduce odors, compostable bags for the kitchen container, and an outside composting toter with a locking lid.

There are many benefits to organics recycling - beyond reducing landfill waste. The organics collected from your homes during this pilot program will be converted into organic compost. Organic compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, many of which can be harmful to the environment (and to the fish, animals and humans that live in it); enriches the soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests and reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

The City of Laurel and Mayor Craig A. Moe would like to invite you to be a part of this NEW organics recycling program and help reduce wasted food and turn it into a valuable and environmentally safe resource. Residents can volunteer for this program by emailing the Department of Public Works or by calling 301-725-0088.

We appreciate you being part of the City of Laurel's efforts to reduce waste brought to landfills by participating in our new organics recycling program.


Mayor Craig Moe Signature

Mayor Craig A. Moe

How to do Organics Recycling & Composting with the City

Organics Can and Mini CanIf you want to volunteer for the Organics Recycling and Composting pilot program please email the Department of Public Works or call at 301-725-0088 and let us know:

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your email address

The City will deliver to your address:

  • One Green 2-Gallon counter-top composting bin with filter
  • One Beige/Brown 35-Gallon outdoor composting toter
  • Ten 3-Gallon biodegradable composting bags (As you run out of organics recycling bags contact Public Works for more. Do not use plastic bags for composting). If you want to purchase your own larger bags you can purchase them from MES-approved Vendors (PDF).
  • An Information packet on what is and is not compostable.

Organics Recycling will be picked up on Your One and Done day!

When you receive your composting containers you will need to do some assembly. Place the smell-reducing filter in the lid of your 2-gallon countertop bin. Attach the lid to the container. Place one 3-gallon composting bag into your bin to keep your bin clean. As the bags become full, place them in your 35-gallon beige composting container. Once a week on your one-and-done day place your beige composting container at the curbside for pickup.

Compostable Items List

Food ItemsOther 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/AApproved compostable tableware
N/AAnimal hair and dryer lint

Leaping BunnyLeaping Bunny Products

Cleaning products with the Leaping Bunny logo are organic and paper towels used with these products CAN be put in your composting container.

Noncompostable Items

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.

Composting Containers

The City's own Mayor Moe found a very nice double-wide kitchen refuse and composting container available on Amazon.

Double-Wide Kitchen Refuse and Composting Container