The DoE Sprout - Special Edition Getting Ready for Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day


We've been celebrating "Earth Day Every Day" throughout the month in honor of Earth Day, tomorrow, April 22! 

This week, we're highlighting services that reduce waste and materials from entering the landfill - resources that could otherwise we reused or recycled. Our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) collects recyclables that can be sold and made into other recyclable products and the County Organics Composting Facility (OCF) processes over 50,000 tons of yard trim collected curbside from residents. 

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

Did you hear this week is "Preserve and Beautify our Environment Week"?

Earth Day is Friday, April 22 and Growing Green with Pride Day is Saturday, April 23. County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks, in collaboration with DoE and its sister agencies - Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) – will be highlighting the ways we are preserving and beautifying our environment in Prince George's County!

Continue to follow DoE, DPW&T and DPIE on our social media and websites for updates. 

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Next Weekend Scavenger Hunt Is Tomorrow, 4/22

Get ready to hunt for waste reduction-related Earth Day items this weekend! The list will be posted on our Earth Day webpage and social media pages tomorrow, Friday, 4/22, at noon, and you have until Monday, 4/25, by noon, to post and earn points for the week. 

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

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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), reusable bag, and other eco-friendly items at the end of the month!

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In Honor of Earth Day, we thank our residents for keeping Prince George’s County Clean and Beautiful!

If you’re planning to visit the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill (BSRSL) on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, to properly recycle uncommon items such as white goods/appliances, household hazardous waste (HHW), or electronics, staff will be handing out small goodies, to say thank you for being Part of it and Proud of it! Items will be distributed while supplies last.

Let’s all do our part to protect Mother Earth and keep our County clean and beautiful!

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RRD Highlight

Read about the County resource recovery facilities below or click here for more detailed information and virtual tours.

Video Series: Is this Trash or Recycling?

In this weekly series of "Is this Trash or Recycling?" in PGC, we explore that plastic and metal hangers are NOT recyclable in County curbside collection but there are a couple alternatives. Click the image below to view our video or visit

Learn more with our toolkit by clicking here.

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Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

The Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill (BSRSL) at 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro is open to the public Monday - Saturday between the hours of 8 am - 3:30 pm and closed on Sundays.

The Landfill has several recycling facilities within the complex, which include the
Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site (HHW) and Electronics Recycling Acceptance Site (ERAS) which are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and sites for yard waste, scrap tires and appliances (Monday through Saturday).

To learn more about the landfill, click here


Materials Recycling Facility 

The Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is a 65,000 square foot facility in Capitol Heights. The primary functions of the MRF are to remove contaminants and separate recyclables. Once separated, the glass, aluminum, steel plastic and paper are baled or crushed and shipped to end markets and new products manufacturers.

Prince George’s County offers single-stream recycling collection, allowing residents to conveniently place all recyclable materials into one container/bin, making it much more efficient.

Click here to learn more about the MRF.


Organics Composting Facility

Over 50,000 tons of material is processed annually at the Organics Composting Facility (OCF) in Upper Marlboro. Yard trim is ground up and moved into long narrow piles known as windrows. Yard Trim collections are available to residents who receive county-provided services, picked up every Monday (excluding certain holidays).

The OCF turns yard waste and food scraps into a nutrient-rich compost known as Leafgro® and Leafgro GOLD®. These soil nutrients help promote healthy plants, reduce soil erosion and eliminate the need for chemical-based fertilizers.

Click here to learn more about the OCF.

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

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AWS Earth day clean up 2022

More spots are available at many Anacostia Watershed Society cleanup sites across the region! Sign up here to join hundreds of volunteers throughout the watershed to make a better future for the Anacostia River.

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There are plenty more cleanups happening throughout April that still need volunteers! Find the nearest Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, here

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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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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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