Trash and Recycling

Effective November 1, 2021

All food waste/scraps, cooking oil, pet waste and diapers must be placed into a trash bag. Trash bags that contain these items or any other trash that attracts animals, must be inside a trash can with a lid, for collection.


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. 

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, construction debris, 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.)