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

**Refuse & Recycling**
The Department of Public Works will pick up refuse and recycling on the regular schedule
for Monday, January 25th, Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 27th.

Curbside Leaf Collection is Finished for the Season

Curbside leaf collection with the vacuum trucks is finished for the season. Leaves will now need to be bagged or placed in a reusable container for pick up on regularly scheduled refuse/recycling collection days beginning the week of January 11th, 2016. 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;


christmas tree recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees will be collected in January on regularly scheduled brush collection days, Thursday and Friday. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m., and be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments, and other decorations.

Plastic Bags No Longer Being Accepted in Blue Recycling Cart

Effectively immediately, Public Works is asking all residents to refrain from putting plastic bags in the blue recycling cart. This includes loose plastic bags or plastic film, a plastic bag containing other plastic bags/film, or a plastic garbage bag used to contain other recyclables. Shredded paper should now be contained in a paper bag. It can be secured by folding the top and stapling or taping it closed. Residents should place approved recyclables loose in the blue cart.

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, 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:

Prince George's County has announced they will no longer accept plastic bags in any form at the Materials Recovery Facility where the City’s single-stream recycling is taken. These bags jam the sorting machines, which causes the entire facility to shut down and also increases maintenance costs. Residents can ensure their clean, dry plastic bags and film are recycled by taking them to their local grocery store.

Compost & Wood Mulch

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

  • SMARTLEAF® compost: Available
  • Wood Mulch: Unavailable

We don't anticipate having more wood mulch until the first few months of 2016.

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
Vacant, Recycling Coordinator