Trash and Recycling


All curbside collections of trash, recycling, and special pickup items are handled by the Solid Waste Division of Public Works. The mission of this division is to provide efficient and reliable trash and recycling services to all they serve. 

Changes 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. Schedule a special metal pickup by:

Loose cardboard is again being collected on your recycling day. Please make sure boxes are broken down and placed next to your recycling bin.

Your understanding and patience have been greatly appreciated as we have tried to protect employees and adapt our operations to evolving guidance on the spread of the coronavirus. As we work to catch up, it may take a while to schedule a metal item pickup appointment. You may also find that for the next couple of weeks trash may be picked up a little later in the day than usual because of the high volume of trash and bulk items to collect.

Curbside Collections

Household trash, residential recycling, and yard waste are picked up at the curb. Special scheduled pickups are required for disposing of metal items (such as appliances) and automobile tires.

The City of Bowie does not collect hazardous materials or electronics. These items must be taken to the Brown Station Landfill in Upper Marlboro.

The City seeks to minimize waste by providing the residential curbside recycling collection, yard waste collection, and scheduled metal recyclable collections. We also encourage residents to make use of other recycling resources such as those listed in our More Waste & Recycling Resources page. 

For more information about all of the City of Bowie's Trash and Recycling services, please visit other pages in this section. (See menu to the left or the links below if you are viewing this page on a mobile device.)