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Recycling

Fun to do with your kids!

The City of Hyattsville Recycling is picked up through Prince Georges County. Go this site for more information:

Prince Georges Recycles! - Single-Stream Recycling - No sorting! Put all recyclables into toter.

Check out this great listing of where to recycle on the Riverdale Park Wiki!

General 
  • Earth911 - local listings of where you can recycle anything under the sun.
  • You don't need to remove labels from cans and bottles, but you do need to remove plastic caps (and throw them away).
  • Your recyclables don't need to be spotless - just not moldy or full of food. Save water - don't rinse 'til clean.
Plastic
  • ALL PLASTICS!!! 1 THROUGH 7 now acceptable!
  • Beverage containers
  • Bleach bottles
  • Coat Hangers, metal & plastic
  • Coolers
  • Detergent bottles
  • Drinking cups (even those red plastic cups)/glasses
  • Flower Pots
  • Milk & water jugs
  • Margarine, butter tubs, yogurt containers
  • Narrow neck bottles & containers, other than for motor oils
  • Plastic bags, dry cleaning bags & shrink/stretch wrap (PLEASE stuff into a plastic bag first..not loose)
  • Prescription bottles
  • Toys
  • NO BUBBLE WRAP or PLASTIC UTENSILS
  • NO "Clam Shell" food containers (like you get at the salad bar, for example)
Glass
  • Beverage & Food glass containers, any color
  • Jars, any color
  • NO LIGHTBULBS, BROKEN GLASS, DISHES, WINDOWPANES OR MIRRORS
Metal 
  • Most containers, such as tins and cans, and aluminum foil. 
  • Aluminum pie pans, plates & trays
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum, steel & bi-metal drink, food & soda cans
Paper 
Prince George’s County collects “yellow bin” recyclables from single-family homes on Thursday or Friday; whichever of those days is your regular solid waste collection day. For questions on recycling, call Prince George’s County at 301-952-7630.

  • Q. What happens to the material that is sorted and is not recyclable.
  • A. Material that is not recyclable that is sorted at the facility goes to the County Landfill.
  • Q. Financial - What are the costs per pound of recycling vs. trash?
  • A. Cost differs per material, but on average, the costs are about $40/ton for recycling and $49/ton for trash. Due to the processes involved in operating sanitary landfills, landfilling is normally a more expensive process than recycling.
  • Q. Education for children - Do you have coloring books or other kinds of outreach to schools that can be used?
  • A. We have general recycling and Department of Environmental Resources material that is geared to children however the bulk of our promotional material will be available in the fall. We are designing a rotating library exhibit for children
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