City of College Park, Maryland

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Public Works

Public Works

Updated 8/9/2018

Department of Public Works at Davis Hall
9217 51st Avenue,College Park, Maryland 20740
Telephone: 240-487-3590 * Fax: 301-474-0825
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cashier Window Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Click here for a printable 2017-2018 Holiday and Refuse Collection Schedule
(for a Spanish version, click here)

Rain Barrels
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The City of College Park is offering 50-gallon rain barrels for $72.00

A rain barrel is on display at the Department of Public Works. Purchase and pick up from Davis Hall - 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information call
240-487-3590 or email

Rain barrels are a great way to capture rain water on-site. In the spring, and summer, outdoor watering accounts for a large percentage of water consumption. By having a rain barrel and storing rainfall, you’ll have water for outdoor watering needs.

Once installed, Prince George’s County residents can apply for a Rain Check Rebate, off-setting most of the cost!

Yard Waste Carts are available for residents for $25.00Yard Waste Cart Picture 1-c

A beige yard waste cart is on display at Public Works. The cart can be used for either “soft yard waste” or “woody yard waste”. The two products are collected on separate days and processed into different products.

SOFT YARD WASTE IS COLLECTED ON YOUR REGULAR TRASH/RECYCLING DAY (except during leaf vacuuming season November-early January) or during weather emergencies.
Soft Yard Waste is leaves, grass clippings, flowers, weeds, soft hedge trimmings and similar vegetative (non-woody) organic materials. They are processed into SMARTLEAF® compost.

Woody Yard Waste is brush, twigs, branches and logs. They are shredded into wood mulch.

This sturdy 65-gallon cart has wheels and a lift-bar for easy collection. Using the new yard waste cart can save time and money – single use paper lawn bags become expensive over time and can tear or fall apart when wet.

You can purchase and pick up at DPW - 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:45 pm. or call 240-487-3590 for more information.

College Park Residential Back Yard Compost Bin Program

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Backyard compost bins are available at Public Works

City residents can purchase a backyard compost bin for $20.00; non-residents $40.00.

A bin is on display at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue).

Backyard composting helps to protect the environment while providing a beneficial compost product a resident can use to enrich the soil in their garden. Residential composting is a component of a greater sustainable locavore habit.

Size of bin is 33" high x 31" wide.
Pick up at DPW, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For more information call Public Works at 240-487-3590 or email

City Services at Davis Hall

The City of College Park provides services at the window in the lobby of Davis Hall,
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to better serve the residents of College Park.

The following services will now be provided:

Payment and processing for parking zone permits 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3, 3A, 4, 5 and 9

  • Payment of all City of College Park parking fines
  • Appeal forms for parking violations
  • Maryland Non-Resident Vehicle Registration permit
  • MVA flag releases due to non-payment of parking fines
  • Purchase or renew the Prince George's County annual pet license (dogs, cats and ferrets)
  • Acquire a free UMD Shuttle Pass
  • Get a mosquito torpedo for use in standing water on your property

It's A Great Time To Plant Trees On Your Property

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Why plant trees on your property? Trees provide many benefits for homeowners, including interception of rain water and reduction of storm water runoff, reducing residential cooling & heating costs, carbon sequestration, and increasing property values (just to name a few).

City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually for trees planted on their residential lot in College Park. Click here for the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) Application and Guidelines. The completed application should be sent to for review and approval prior to purchasing.

There are several other programs available to residents to provide funding for tree planting on private property. Now is a good time to begin planning for the spring planting season! Click on the links below for more information and to get started.  Click here to learn more about the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate Program and click here for an application.

Yard Waste
Leaves, grass and soft clippings should be put in paper bags or reusable containers.* Put at the curb on the same day as your refuse and recycling collection. If you have a lot of bags to collect, please call to schedule a pickup to ensure collection.

Call 240-487-3590 or email to schedule a special pick up for woody clippings, brush and logs.  Brush must be bundled and tied with twine or rope, and be less than 5 feet long and weigh less than 75 lbs. You may also use paper yard waste bags or a reusable container.*

*Yard waste stickers are available for free at any City facility.

Plastic Bags Are Not Allowed in Blue Recycling CartNoPlasticBags_cc

Please do not put any plastic bags in the blue recycling cart. If plastic bags are found in the blue cart, it will not be collected.  All plastic bags/film need to be removed from the cart, then it will be emptied on your next collection day.  Residents should place approved recyclables loose in the blue cart.

Prince George’s County does NOT accept plastic bags in any form at the Materials Recovery Facility where the City’s singlestream recycling is taken. These bags jam the sorting machines causing the entire facility to shut down, and it increases maintenance costs. Plastic bags/film can still be recycled by taking them to a local grocery store. MOMs Organic Market, Shoppers, and Giant all have receptacles at the front of the store for these items; as well as Target, Best Buy and Ikea.

Plastic bags/film include: retail bags, plastic wrapping on food, plastic sandwich bags, dry-cleaning bags, newspaper bags, and shrink wrap (e.g. around toilet paper and bottled water). For more information on what kind of plastic bags and film should be recycled at the grocery store, visit:

Compost & Wood Mulch

The following is a list of materials sold at the Public Works yard:

  • SMARTLEAF® compost: Available
  • Wood Mulch: Available

If you would like to receive availability notifications about our compost and wood mulch products, please sign up with College Park Connected. Choose "SMARTLEAF compost and wood mulch" right above the Sign Up button.

Please visit the SMARTLEAF® Compost & Wood Mulch page for more information.


Contact Information

Robert Marsili, Director of Public Works
Brenda Alexander, Assistant Director, Public Works
Assistant Director, Operations and Facilities
Janet McCaslin, Recycling/Sustainability Coordinator