Recycling Dos and Don'ts

Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills and help the environment at the same time. Below is a list of items that are acceptable and unacceptable for Prince George's County's residential recycling program. All containers should be clean and empty. 

Acceptable Items
  • Aluminum

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Bimetal

  • Steel Food & Beverage Containers

  • Gable Top Beverage Containers (i.e. milk and juice containers)

  • Flattened Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

  • Frozen Food Packaging

  • Paper Board Containers

  • Empty Aerosol Cans

  • Telephone Books

  • Catalogs

  • Books

  • Newspaper

  • Magazines

  • Plastic Flower Pots

  • Empty Prescription Bottles

  • Plastic Narrow Necked Containers Coded 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7

  • Plastic Wide Mouth Containers

  • Plastic Cups

  • All Paper

  • Brown Kraft Paper

  • Wrapping Paper

  • Glass Food and Beverage Containers

Unacceptable Items
  • Any Grocery, Retail or Trash Plastic Bags

  • Bread Bags

  • Dry Cleaning Bags

  • Fruit and Vegetable Bags (fresh/frozen)

  • Garden Product Bags (soil/mulch)

  • Newspaper Bags

  • Outer Wrap from Paper Towel, Napkins and Diaper Packages

  • Outer Wrap from Cases of Soda, Juice and Snacks

  • Zipper or Stand-up Pouches, Bubble or Cling Wrap

  • Crinkle Bags for Cereal, Pasta or Snack Bags

  • Outer Wrap from Meat or Cheese Products