Compost & Yard Waste

Yard Waste

Yard Waste is collected weekly on Mondays, except for holidays. Yard waste is collected separately so that it can be disposed of at the County’s yard waste composting facility. If yard waste is mixed with household trash it is not accepted as yard waste and will be collected as household waste. During any holiday week there is no yard waste collection.

All yard waste must be in paper bags or trash cans. Please do not use your City-issued trash bin.

Acceptable items include yard debris, leaves, grass clippings and tree branches. Branches should not exceed four feet in length and six inches in diameter and must be tied in bundles or placed in containers to be collected.

Unacceptable items include bamboo, dirt, stumps and treated lumber, painted wood, pallets and similar items. 

To learn about the the City's leaf collection service, please visit Leaf Collection.

Residential Compost

The City of Hyattsville offers residential compost pick up on Mondays (except for holidays). Compost can be left curbside in an appropriate container along with bagged yard waste. See guidelines below for details. This program is limited to residences in the incorporated City limits and does not include commercial or multi-family properties. 

 There are also compost drop-off bins located in several City parks! 
Any City resident can bring compost to these bins. The green bins are labeled as "Food Waste Compost Only" and located at:

  • Magruder Park (3911 Hamilton Street)
  • Heurich Park (2800 Nicholson Street)
  • University Hills Duck Pond (3400 Stanford Street)
  • Department of Public Works Operations Center (4633 Arundel Place)

Compost Guidelines

Kitchen food scraps and yard waste can all be composted! Compost can be placed in any sturdy container, though it is recommended that the bins have a secure lid to prevent animals from accessing the materials. Yard waste like grass clippings, leaves, and other plant material should be bagged in paper yard waste bags. Compost pails and biodegradable compost 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 compost to the Prince George's County Organics Composting Facility, located at 6500 Old Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The facility uses the material to produce Leafgro Gold, a nutrient rich solution used for planting and gardening. To learn more about the Facility and its process, click here.

  1. Public Works

    Main Line
    Phone: (301) 985-5032