City of College Park, Maryland

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Public Works

Public Works

Public Works
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., except City holidays

Events & Announcements

Yard Waste Collection

Leaves need to be bagged or placed in reusable containers for pick up on regularly scheduled refuse/recycling collection days. Yard waste is processed into compost, so please keep any trash out. Yard waste includes leaves; grass, flowers, soft plants and trimmings, and weeds.

Use paper yard waste bags or reusable containers ONLY, and place at the curb by 7:00 am on your regular collection day. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected. If you have more than 10 bags or containers of yard waste, please call or email Public Works for a special pickup appointment (240-487-3590;


Plastic Bags No Longer Being Accepted in Blue Recycling CartNoplasticbag

Public Works requests all residents to refrain from putting 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. Shredded paper can be contained in a paper bag, secured by folding the top and stapling it closed. 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.

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 for pickup 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 T. Stumpff, Director of Public Works
Brenda Alexander, Deputy Dir. of Public Works
Steven E. Halpern, City Engineer
Janet McCaslin, Recycling/Sustainability Coordinator