3500 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
To manage the collection, recycling, reduction and disposal of municipal solid waste in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner, while complying with all Federal, State and local regulatory requirements.
The Waste Management Division helps to improve our environment by providing recycling and the effective management of trash, yard waste, household hazardous waste and bulky materials. By ensuring cleaner water and air quality, the County is fulfilling its goals of protecting our natural resources while promoting a better quality of life for our community.
Keep Prince George's County Beautiful (KPGCB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), corporation that partners with the Department of Environmental Resources' Waste Management Division to create cleaner, greener, litter-free communities. The organization’s mission is to empower County citizens and residents to take stewardship for their environment by promoting recycling, litter prevention, beautification and cleanup programs. Benefiting from its association with the Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) network of nearly 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations, and memberships with the Maryland Recycling Network and Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, KPGCB supports the County through the development and implementation of waste management programs, which include:
Green Team School Program (in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools)
KAB Great American Clean-Up
KAB Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
KAB Wipe Out Wireless Waste
The Prince George’s County Council created this volunteer-based, outreach organization in 1976 under the name of Citizens Concerned for a Cleaner County (CCCC). In 1995, CCCC became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and is currently a member of KAB’s prestigious President’s Circle. A leader, Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful is the only affiliate in Maryland.
Licensing (Refuse and Recycling Collection Vehicles)
1220 Caraway Court, Suite 1050B
Largo, Maryland 20774
Hours for September
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to noon
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
After October 1, licenses will only be issued on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
No cash payments or credit cards will be accepted.
All fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to: Prince George's County
As mandated by CR-116-1991, "No Recyclable Material or Solid Waste generated in Prince George's County shall be transported by any person over any public highway or street within Prince George's County, unless it is contained in a vehicle for which there is a valid registration issued by the Department of Environmental Resources. The registration card shall state the name of the vehicle owner, the description and serial number of the vehicle, Maryland vehicle license or State apportioned tag number and the County refuse collection vehicle registration number."
Procedure for Obtaining Collection Licenses and Registration Cards
All applications for a Collector's License and individual vehicle registration cards to be used for the collection and hauling of Solid Waste or Recyclable Material shall be submitted on forms available through the Department of Environmental Resources' Recycling Section, located at 1220 Caraway Court, Suite 1050 B, in Largo, Maryland. These licenses may not be sold or reassigned to any other party. A separate license is required for each vehicle. As part of the annual renewal of a Collector's License, a vehicle inspection through the Health Department may be required. Applications for a Collector's License must be made annually by September 30.
Description and Cost of Collector's License and Vehicle Registration
A Collector's License is a general license that is required to be obtained by any owner of commercial vehicle(s) used to collect and transport any type of solid waste or recyclable material.
Class I Collection Vehicle Registration
A Class I Collection Vehicle Registration must be obtained by any owner of a commercial vehicle used to collect paper waste products that are not contaminated by food, or yard waste/landscape debris (grass, leaves, brush). Vehicles that are used to collect and transport these types of materials only, as certified on the registration card, do not require a Health Department inspection unless otherwise deemed necessary by the Health Officer.
Class II Collection Vehicle Registration
A Class II Collection Vehicle Registration must be obtained by any owner of a commercial vehicle(s) used to collect solid waste; including trash, garbage, rubbish, offal, industrial and commercial refuse food product wastes or recyclable materials; including food and beverage containers and recyclables which may be collected by Class I Registered vehicles. Vehicles collecting and transporting these types of materials require a Health Department inspection. When a vehicle is found safe and satisfactory, the County Health Officer will authorize the Department of Environmental Resources to issue the individual vehicle registration card.
Class III Collection Vehicle Registration
A Class III Collection Vehicle Registration is required by any owner of a commercial vehicle that is used to collect both recyclable materials and solid waste. These vehicles also require a Health Department inspection if they are used to collect those materials identified in Class II.
Class IV Collection Vehicle Registration
Fee: No Charge
A Class IV Collection Vehicle Registration is only applicable to government-owned vehicles. These vehicles also require a Health Department inspection if they are used to collect those wastes identified in Class II.