Effective July 1, 2020: Trash collection returns to normal (pre-COVID). Bulk items can be put out with regular trash. No need to schedule an appointment to dispose of couches, tables, beds, etc. Appointments are still required for appliances and other large metal items. Visit www.cityofbowie.org/servicerequest or call 301-809-2338 (or 2344) to schedule your special metal pickup appointment.
Household Trash Collection Details
- Household trash is collected twice weekly except during weeks with holidays.
- Household trash includes all household waste and food scraps* that cannot be collected through the residential recycling or yard waste collections.
- Large items (other than metal, appliances or tires) can be included with the regular household trash curbside collection.
- View the Household Trash Collection Schedule.
Preparing Household Trash for Collection
- Place items for collection at the curb prior to 7 a.m. on the day of your collection, but not prior to 5 p.m. the day before your collection.
- Trash should be in closed containers (32-gallon containers are a good size for household trash) or tied bags.
- Containers and bags must weigh less than 50 lbs when filled.
- Place large trash items next to trash containers for collection on
scheduled trash collection days. regular
- Animal Waste (kitty litter, dog waste) and human waste (diapers) must be double bagged.
- Medicines and Needles. While unused medicine may be placed in
householdtrash, for safety reasons, residents are encouraged to turn in unused medicines at periodic Prescription Drug Take Backevents, or to visit the Federal Drug Administration's web siteconcerning safe disposal of unused medicines. Needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects can be placed in puncture-proof, hard plastic containers you can't see through. Then place the sealed container with your household trash - - never in a recycling bin.
- Mattresses must be sealed in a plastic bag if they are deteriorated/soiled in any way or if they have any chance of bed bug infestation. Mattress bag can be purchased at local stores such as Target, Home Deport or Lowe's.
- All regular household trash and food scraps.
- Empty or dry latex paint cans. To dispose of old cans of latex paint please make sure all paint is dried (if not, it will leak from trucks onto roadways!). You can dry it quickly by removing the lids
and / oradding kitty litter to absorb the paint.
- Large items (except for metal and appliances) can also be disposed of with household trash.
The following items will not be picked up with household trash:
- Large or bulky items, items made of 98% metal, appliances, and tires
- Items that can be recycled through the City's Residential Recycling Program
- Liquids of any type
- Hazardous materials
- Compressed gas cylinders (propane, air, other gasses)
- Car parts
- Construction debris (concrete, bricks, lumber, windows, doors)
- Dirt, sod, mulch, rocks
- Yard Waste (The County prohibits yard waste in the landfill)
- Stumps larger than 6” in diameter
- Ammunition or firearms
Large or Bulky Items
- Large or bulky trash items such as rugs, mattresses, wooden furniture, upholstered furniture (couches, chairs) and plastic toys, etc. These items will be picked up on your regular trash day.
- Large or bulky trash items shall be at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal trash collection day.
- Metal items, appliances, and tires are collected through a special pickup so they may be recycled. Please call to schedule an appointment at 301-809-2338 (or 2344).
Tips to Reduce Trash
- Donate items. Consider donating items to charitable organizations. Some organizations offer free collection services.
- Recycle. Recycling should be in recycling bins or carts. Items that do not fit in the cart, such as cardboard, will also be collected if bundled and placed next to the cart. Recyclables will be collected at your curb on your residential recycling collection day each week. All paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass food and drink containers can be co-mingled in your City of Bowie recycling cart for the weekly collection.
- Other Recycling Resources: Recycle other items through other available resources. Please visit Other Recycling and Waste Disposal Resources for more information.
- Junk Mail. Also on the Other Recycling and Waste Disposal Resources
pageyou will find tips on reducing junk mail.
*unless you are participating in the compost pilot program