City of College Park, Maryland

Public Works

Other Recycling & Reuse Opportunities

Most materials are recyclable or reusable in one way or another. Although College Park can't recycle everything, there are many options our there for items we can't accept. Please browse the list below:

Automobiles

Cars and other vehicles (boats, motorcycles, even RVs!); do not need to be in running condition. Many charities accept vehicles for donations; drop off or call for home pickup options:

See MSNBC article on "How to Donate a Car" for advice on donating cars to charities

Planned Giving and Charitable Donations information - click here.

Batteries, Single-use

Household alkaline batteries; *tape both ends*

  • MOM's Organic Market: 9827 Rhode Island Ave; 301-220-1100
  • IKEA: 10100 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
  • Prince George's County Brown Station Road Hazardous Waste Facility: 11611 White House Road Upper Marlboro; 301-883-5045
Batteries, Automobile

  • Prince George's County Brown Station Road Hazardous Waste Facility: 11611 White House Road Upper Marlboro; 301-883-5045
  • Free recycling when you buy a replacement battery:
    • Advance Auto Parts: 2510 University Blvd, Adelphi, MD 20783; 301-422-1120
    • Advance Auto Parts: 7435 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770; 301-345-0576

Batteries - Rechargeable

Rechargeable batteries from small electronics, power tools, mobile phones

  • Home Depot: 4700 Cherry Hill Rd; 301-345-6774
  • Lowes Home Improvement Stores
  • IKEA: 10100 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Books

Paperback and hardcover books; *good condition*

Building & Construction Materials

Lumber and trim, bricks, masonry materials, cabinets, doors, tiles and flooring materials, tools, hardware, gardening supplies

Christmas Lights

Clothing and Household Goods


Clothing, bedding and linens, kitchenware, small appliances, bicycles, books, toys, furniture, and more. Visit these sources in person, online or by phone to know what each organization will accept:

  • Green Drop: 8900 Baltimore Ave,College Park, MD 20740; 1-888-944-3767
  • Planet Aid bins: clothes and shoes only; located in the following parking lots:
    • BP Gas Station, 9667 Baltimore Ave., College Park
    • College Park American Legion, 9218 Baltimore Ave.
    • College Park Towers, 4330 Hartwick Road, College Park
    • Graduate Gardens, 4317 Rowalt Dr., College Park
    • Lains Auto Service, 9104 Baltimore Ave., College Park
    • Los Amigo, 5003 Greenbelt Rd., College Park
    • Mundo Latino Market, 5000 Edgewood Rd, College Park
    • Pregnancy Aid Center, 4809 Greenbelt Rd, College Park
    • Rising Sun Motors: 9001 Rhode Island Rd.
    • University Exxon, 8401 Baltimore Ave, College Park
    • University View Apartments, 8204 Baltimore Ave, College Park
  • American Rescue Workers: 301-336-6200
  • Lupus Foundation: 888-445-8787
  • National Children's Center: 301-595-3840
  • Purple Heart: 877-851-8111
  • Vietnam Veterans of America: 301-585-4000

Clothes Hangers (Metal)

  • ZIPS Dry Cleaners: 7215 Baltimore Ave; 301-864-4300
  • Beltway Super Cleaners: 6000 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770; 301-474-0035

DVDs, VHS, CDs, Vinyl Records

  • CDepot: 9039 Baltimore Ave; 301-982-3472; must be in good condition

Fluorescent Lights

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)

  • Home Depot: 4700 Cherry Hill Rd; 301-345-6774; CFLs only
  • Lowes Home Improvement Stores
  • IKEA: 10100 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Medicine (disposal)

You can take prescription drugs that you would like to dispose of to:

  • College Park State Police Barrack Q: 10100 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. There is a box in the lobby and they are open 24/7.  Questions: 301-345-3101


Pet Food and Supplies

Canned and dry food, pet carriers and crates, leashes and collars, toys, towels

  • College Park City Hall: 4500 Knox Rd; 240-487-3500
  • All Dogs Club: 5115 Berwyn Rd; 301-345-3647
  • Greenbelt Co-op: 121 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770; 301-474-0522

Plastic bags

Plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaner bags; must be clean and dry

  • MOM's Organic Market: 9827 Rhode Island Ave; 301-220-1100
  • Shoppers: 4720 Cherry Hill Rd; 301-345-5996
  • Giant: 6000 Greenbelt Rd (Beltway Plaza), Greenbelt, MD 20770; 301-982-5482
  • Target: 6100 Greenbelt Rd (Beltway Plaza), Greenbelt, MD 20770; 301-837-0054
  • IKEA: 10100 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Printer Ink Cartridges

Inkjet printers and toner cartridges

  • MOM's Organic Market: 9827 Rhode Island Ave; 301-220-1100; also accepts cell phones
  • Staples: 8904 62nd Ave, Berwyn Heights, MD 20740; return them here for rewards!
  • Target: 6100 Greenbelt Rd (Beltway Plaza), Greenbelt, MD 20770; also accepts cell phones, MP3 players, and PDAs
  • Pick up mail back envelopes for ink, cell phones & PDAs:
    • USPS: 9591 Baltimore Ave
    • USPS: 4815 Calvert Rd

Styrofoam and Packaging

Styrofoam packing "peanuts"; bubble wrap

  • UPS Store: 4423 Lehigh Rd, College Park; 301-699-0191
  • UPS Store: 9900 Greenbelt Rd, Lanham, MD 20706; 301-552-7453

Molded #6 expanded polystyrene foam (EPS); foam coolers & electronics packaging

TerraCycle
  • MOM’s offers TerraCycle Recycling to our customers for previously non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste. The collected waste is converted into new products, ranging from recycled park benches to upcycled backpacks. Bring in any of the items listed below for TerraCycling at MOM’s!

        Energy Bar Wrappers
        Drink Pouches
        Snack Bags
        Squeeze Pouches