The DoE Sprout - Earth Month Special Edition

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Celebrating Earth Day During April


We're celebrating "Earth Day Every Day" throughout the month in honor of Earth Day on April 22! 

This week, we're highlighting pet services and programs such as preparing for adoption, the adoption process, caring for our pets, why we need to always "Scoop that Poop," and how volunteering to be a pet foster could help save a life! 

Get social with us by using #PGCEarthDayEveryDay and visit our website for ongoing updates at!

Weekend Scavenger Hunts Begins Tomorrow 4/8 

Get ready to hunt for pet-related Earth Day items this weekend! The list will be posted on our Earth Day webpage and social media pages tomorrow, Friday, 4/8, by noon, and you have until Monday, 4/11, by noon, to post and earn points for that week. 

Find the item(s), take a picture, tag DoE with #PGCEarthDayEveryDay, and earn points.

Facebook: @pgcdoe  
Twitter: @pgcsprout  
Instagram: @pgcsprout

The top three winners will earn a reusable goods swag bag with a BPA-free plastic bottle, steel straw kit (includes cleaning brush and carry pouch), and other eco-friendly items at the end of the month!

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Share your Furry Family "Fotos"

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, we want to showcase all the furry, feathery, and scaly pets that have been rescued from a shelter to promote the importance of adopting.

Throughout April, post a cute or funny picture of your four or two-legged family member with the hashtags #PGCEarthDayEveryDay AND #AdoptDontShop.

Emailed photos must be sent by Wednesday, April 27 to

All photos will be posted on April 29 in celebration of Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30!

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When you're thinking about adding a furry family member to your pack, consider adoption first.

No matter what breed, size, or age you'd like, you can find a pet in need of adoption. Not only are adoption costs lower than purchasing a "designer" animal or specific breed, but when they're adopted from our shelter, they are up-to-date on their vaccinations, already spayed/neutered, and microchipped. You might even get lucky and get a dog that's already house trained!

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  1. To view adoptable cats, dogs and other animals from our facility visit:
  2. Call (301)-780-7201 with the animal ID number to check availability and schedule an appointment for an interaction (up to 2 animals).
  3. After scheduling an appointment complete the Adoption Application for Dogs & Cats or Adoption Application for Exotic Animals, then print and bring your application to your scheduled appointment at our facility. Please DO NOT FAX OR EMAIL applications.

About the Process

You must be 18 years or older to adopt. We take up to three applications per pet on a first-come, first-served basis. If you miss your scheduled appointment, the next application will be processed, and your name will be removed as an applicant. We only allow two people in an interaction room. You must be 18 years or older to adopt. Animals are placed as household pets only. Per Prince George's County law, all animals adopted out must be spayed/neutered before going home. 

Learn more at

Scoop That Poop

Dog waste is more than a nightmare for our shoes. Just like human sewage, untreated pet fecal matter is harmful to waterways. Rain washes dog waste and the associated disease-causing organisms, such as giardia and salmonella, into rivers, beaches, and the Chesapeake Bay via storm drains.

Watch our video by clicking the image below or visit

Visit our website for more on the benefits to "Scoop that Poop" at

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Video Series: Is this Trash or Recycling?

In this weekly series of "Is this Trash or Recycling?" in PGC, we explore how to properly  dispose of #6 plastics or polystyrene/foam products (commonly referred to as Styrofoam™), such as clamshells, cups, block foam, and packing peanuts. Click the image below to view our video or visit

Learn more at

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Earth Month Calendar

Check out all these events happening in honor of Earth Day! Please follow safe COVID guidelines for in-person events. Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

View or download a full-size copy of the calendar below.

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Rain Check Rebate Webinar for County Homeowners

Did you know the lifetime limit for residential Rain Check Rebates increased to $6,000? Learn about the eligible practices you can install on your property that receive rebates because they help manage runoff. Applicants that have previously completed projects or reached the previous limit, are also invited to attend!

Register for the webinar on Thursday, April 14 at 6 pm at

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County Residents Can Pick Up FREE Mulch on April 23

Prince George’s County residents can pick up FREE mulch from the County Organics Composting Facility on Saturday, April 23, from 8 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

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Mulch for this source reduction event is derived from live holiday trees collected curbside and dropped off throughout January. A skid loader will be available to load mulch directly into pickup trucks (no commercial vehicles). Residents transporting mulch by car will need to bring their containers, shovels, or pitchforks.

For more details, visit

¡La Locura de Abono está de Regreso!

¡Nos complace en anunciar que el evento de regalo de mantillo Locura de Abonos está de regreso! Residentes del Condado de Prince George pueden recoger abono GRATIS en la Facilidad de Compostaje de Materiales Orgánicos del condado el sábado 23 de abril de 8 am a 1 pm o hasta agotar existencia. 

El abono para este evento de reducción de residuos proviene de árboles de navidad reales recolectados o desechados durante el mes de enero. Un cargador frontal estará disponible para cargar el abono a su camioneta (no vehículos comerciales). Residentes transportando abono en sus automóviles necesitaran traer sus propios contenedores y palas o horquilla.

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Growing Green with Pride

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Help beautify our County by joining neighbors in your community for a day of cleaning, weed removal and mulching on Saturday, April 23. Students may earn service learning hours!

Registration is required for participation. Please register at by April 15.

Creciendo Verde con Orgullo

Ayude a embellecer nuestro condado acompañando a vecinos en su comunidad para un día de limpieza, removiendo malezas y agregando mantillo el sábado 23 de abril. ¡Los estudiantes pueden obtener horas de servicio comunitario!

Registración es requerida para participar. Favor registrarse en antes del 15 de abril.

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Join the PGCProud Challenge

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Register for the Spring 2022 Growing Green with Pride cleanup event, being held on Saturday, April 23, for a chance to win $100 - $500 gift cards!

Learn more at

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¡Regístrese para el evento de limpieza de primavera, Creciendo Verde con Orgullo 2022, celebrado el sábado 23 de abril, para la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $100 – $500!

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PGCLitterTRAK App Virtual Trainings

DoE designed the PGCLitterTRAK app to assist County residents, community organizations, and businesses in reporting trash and debris collected during individual and group cleanup events, such as the upcoming Growing Green with Pride event on April 23, 2022. To learn more about the app and how to sign up for user account, visit

Information submitted through PGCLitterTRAK app, including bags of litter removed, items collected and litter pick-up locations, will assist DoE meet their trash reduction rate of 170,628 pounds per year within the Anacostia River Watershed. Data provided will also help DoE develop real-time maps cataloging litter collected throughout the County.

Register for one of the virtual trainings held in April here.

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