Adopting A Road:
|Evergreen Parkway||IBBNB, Inc.|
|Northview||Bowie Hockey Club|
|Heritage Blvd||Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee|
|Superior Lane||Bowie Methodist Churches|
|Gallant Fox Way||Dr. Denise, DDS|
|Health Center Drive||Build A Better Bowie|
|Pointer Ridge Drive||Build A Better Bowie|
|Mitchellville (from Route 197 to Harbour Way)||Green Team Executive Committee|
|Harbour Way||Niyama Yogi Traveler|
|Easthaven Lane||Pending adoption|
|Mt. Oak (from Mitchellville to Church Road)||Grateful Charities|
|Old Collington Road||Niyama Yogi Traveler|
|Grenville Lane||Ladies of Bowie|
|Gothic Lane||Bowie Lions Club|
|Gullivers Trail||Bowie Lions Club|
What Not To Compost
Prevent Odor and Animals
Using Finished Compost
Want to lessen your carbon foot print, but aren't necessarily ready to purchase an electric vehicle or to partake in solar? One easy way to help the environment is by using electric lawn care tools. Many brands now have complete suites of yard tools including mowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers, with interchangeable batteries that can be used in all pieces of equipment.
- If you purchase an electric mower, you will be eligible for a $50 rebate.
- You're also eligible for $50 rebate if you purchase a mulching or manual mower.
- Each subsequent tool purchased will be eligible for a $25 rebate (one time each).
- Alternatively, if you purchase all four items, the mower, hedge trimmers, weed whacker, and leaf blower, you may receive a $150 rebate.
- Items must be purchased after July 1, 2022.
Obtaining A Rebate
To obtain your cash rebate, bring proof of city residency* and the receipt to the Finance Department at City Hall, 15901 Fred Robinson Way. If the receipt does not specify the mower type please also bring a manual or other documentation for the mower.
Finance Department hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Limitations to these rebates are described above in the "What's Eligible" section. If you have questions please call 301-809-3044.
*Only residents who live within the municipal limits of the City of Bowie are eligible for these rebates. To see if your address is within the City of Bowie visit our address lookup page.
According to the Bay Journal, running a typical gas-powered lawn mower for one hour releases the same amount of emissions (air pollution) as driving about 300 miles in your car. Electric lawn care tools are beneficial because they:
- Reduce emissions by not burning oil for use
- Reduce oil/gas usage significantly (assuming oil is used to power electric in your home)
- Do not create an environment where an oil spill may happen
- Save money by not having to purchase fuel
Bowie homeowners have the opportunity to save money and improve the comfort and safety of their homes by completing a BGE Home Performance with Energy Star home energy audit ($100 value) at no cost through a City-sponsored program. This program is limited to the first 50 City of Bowie homeowners who submit an application each fiscal year.
To participate in the program, please complete the application which can be found here. You will be contacted first by the City Sustainability Planner about how to proceed and then within a few days, one of our BGE-approved contractors (American Home Performance or Elysian Energy) will contact you to schedule the audit.
Learn about ventilation, insulation, moisture control and options you can take to improve the air quality and energy efficiency of your home. Watch an interactive video full of energy efficiency tips, hosted by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® here.
If you have any questions about the program, contact the Sustainability Planner via email.
What are the benefits of food waste composting?
How often will the curbside bin be emptied?
The curbside caddy will be emptied once a week on Wednesday. Please have your 6-gallon bin outside by 7 a.m. on Wednesday, but no earlier than 5 p.m. on Tuesday. To avoid odors, you should empty your kitchen caddy into your curbside bin every few days.
Will my bin smell or attract pests?
Where does our collected food waste go?
Collected food waste will be taken to the Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility, which is expanding! Once completed, the expanded facility will be the largest yard trim and food waste composter on the East Coast.
The urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of tree leaves and branches seen from above. The benefits of individual trees and overall higher UTC range from energy conservation and increased home values to cleaner air and water. Because City Council set a goal of 45% tree canopy coverage, and residential land has the highest potential for increasing UTC, the City has a new turn-key tree planting program called Plant One Tree on Us (POTOU).
An overview of the process is as follows:
- Email the Watershed Manager to verify availability and eligibility
- complete the online reservation form you will get in a reply, choose the type of tree
- choose a location and contact Miss Utility to ensure no utility issues
- sign and return the homeowner agreement send to you by the Watershed Manager (please let us know if you need a hard copy mailed to your home). This must be done within 2 weeks
- closer to the time of the planting, staff will drop a small orange marking flag at your house. The flag will need to be placed in the ground exactly where you want the tree planted and provide safe access to the yard for the contractor
*Previous recipients of a tree through this program are not currently eligible*
Choosing Your New Tree
While deciding on a tree, remember the Right Tree Right Place process: consider certain characteristics of your preferred tree at maturity (e.g., roots, height, canopy spread, etc.) in order to choose the best location. The goal is to minimize the potential for conflicts between the tree or its roots and adjacent structures such as driveways, underground infrastructure and power lines.
The City has created a tree selection chart with the basics about trees available through POTOU, and the Arbor Day Foundation and BGE have information on their websites to help guide you through these considerations.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How big is the tree? The tree will be a minimum of 1.5 inch caliper (the diameter measured about a foot above ground). Depending on the species, the height of the tree would be somewhere in the four to eight foot range.
- Can the tree be planted in the spot where another tree was? While this is technically feasible in some cases, it is not allowed under this program. POTOU is intended to increase tree canopy across the city so survivability is crucial. This is best achieved in a new location. Please choose a location at least ten feet away from a recently (less than one year) dead/removed tree and 15 feet away from any other tree.
- Can the tree be planted in my backyard? Yes, the tree can be planted anywhere you want it on your property. If you are looking for a tree in the right-of-way (within about 11 feet of the paved road edge), please contact the Community Forester to see if that's possible.
- When will my tree be planted? Planting takes place in the fall and winter. The earliest trees will be planted is mid-October.
- Will the contractor cut down a tree to place the new one there? No. This program is meant to increase tree canopy. If the tree is dead and needs to be removed, please contact a tree removal company of your choosing. Your POTOU tree can be planted at least ten feet away.
Green Bowie is the umbrella term used to describe all of the City of Bowie's environmental initiatives. Green Bowie helps the City government, residents, businesses and more to become greener, cleaner, and more sustainable. Everyone can be involved in one way or another, whether it be:
- Installing a rain barrel on your property
- Purchasing/using a compost bin
- Volunteering with the Green Team for gardening efforts and invasive plant removal
- Replacing older (less energy efficient) light bulbs with LEDs
- Choosing not to use single-use plastic products
- Driving an electric vehicle
- Or using natural products that do not contain harsh chemicals
These are all actions that will define the future of Green Bowie. Please browse our webpages from the left-hand menu to find more Green Tips relating to things like recycling, lawn care, trees, energy efficiency and much more. And to learn more about our City goals please view our Sustainability Plan.
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