Public Works

  1. Collection change: Trash that attracts wildlife must be in cans (eff. 11/1/21)

    To discourage wildlife from getting into trash, we've made a change to refuse collection rules. Food scraps, diapers, pet waste, cooking oil, & other items that may attract wildlife must go in a trash bag & then the bag must go in a trash can w/ tight lid Read on...
  2. Curbside Vacuum Leaf Collection Runs Nov 1 - Dec 17

    The City's curbside leaf collection program begins Nov. 1. Each single-family residence in the city & some townhome communities) will be visited twice by leaf collection crews according to the leaf collection schedule. Weather may disrupt the schedule. Read on...
  3. Fall Hydrant Flushing

    The City of Bowie Public Works Department will begin the semi-annual fire hydrant flushing and testing program in areas served by City water in late September. Read on...
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Services Provided

The Public Works Department provides services to residents such as trash and recycling collection, leaf collection, maintenance of roads, sidewalks, curbs and gutter, street lights, and snow plowing operations.

Water & Wastewater

The city maintains its own water and wastewater systems. The city water plant handles the treatment and distribution of all potable water within the city system. The city system provides water and sewer service to approximately half of city residents, located primarily in the Levitt sections of Bowie north of Route 50. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) services the remainder of city residents.


& Recycling

The Public Works Department handles trash and recycling collection. The City collects non-recyclable refuse from its residents twice weekly, according to a published schedule.

Glass, cans, plastic, and paper (including cardboard, paperboard, telephone books, office paper, and junk mail), are collected weekly by curbside pickup. The City operates a drop-off facility for used oil, filters, and antifreeze just inside the Public Works Department entrance on Route 450. Yard waste is also collected weekly and taken to the County’s yard waste facility near Upper Marlboro.


The Public Works Department is also responsible for the approval, issuance, and inspection of all public improvement permits for new construction within the city.