Beginning June 1, 2020, the Compost Voluntary program will go back to its normal schedule, with pickups occurring on a weekly basis every Monday except for holidays. Please note that the program is limited to residential city addresses and does not include commercial and multi-family properties. 

Compost Guidelines

Kitchen food scraps and yard waste (please note that the City also offers a yard waste pickup service on Mondays) are materials that can be composted. We recommend to collect food scrap items in kitchen pails using 3-gallon biodegradable bags, and to use compost bins with a lid that latches animals from accessing the composted materials. Compost pail bio bags are available from a variety of local grocery stores and online retailers. 

Do Compost:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • meats
  • bones
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • soiled paper napkins
  • soiled pizza boxes
  • tea bags and loose tea leaves
  • dairy products
  • egg and seafood shells
  • yard trimmings
  • leaves
  • grass

Do NOT Compost:

  • fats
  • oils
  • leftover grease

Where Does My Compost End Up?

The City of Hyattsville  collects and delivers the compost to the Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility, located at 6500 Old Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The facility then produces a material called Leafgro Gold that is used for planting and gardening. To learn more about the Facility and its process, click here.

What Happens with the Compost Pilot Program?

Now that composting will be available Citywide, the Pilot Volunteer Food Scrap Program will end, and the City will no longer provide food waste pails or compost bins to new households or replace pails and bins for current participants. You may, however, keep and continue to use your City-issued pails and bins when citywide collection begins.


Please contact the Department of Public Works at (301) 985-5032.