Cars & Vehicles
Cars and other vehicles (boats, motorcycles, RVs) can be recycled! Plus they don’t need to be in running condition either. For details including charities that will take them, please visit the MD Motor Vehicle Administration’s page here.
Batteries (single-use & rechargable) AAA, AA, C, D, 9-Volt
Rechargable batteries can be brought to Home Depot.
Alkaline and rechargable batteries can be recycled at MOMs Organic Market and IKEA in College Park. Batteries can also be brought to the Prince George’s County Brown Station Landfill on Hazardous Waste days (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm) 11611 White House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
Some auto-parts stores will provide free recycling when you buy a replacement battery. Car batteries can also be recycled at the Prince George’s County Brown Station Landfill on Hazardous Waste days (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm) 11611 White House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Books (in good condition)
Prince George’s County Libraries have a drop off collection box at most branches. Various charities will also accept books (paperback and hardcover) in good condition.
Construction & Building Materials
Lumber and trim, bricks, masonry materials, cabinets, doors, tiles, tools, hardware and more can be taken to Community Forklift and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Clothing & Household Goods
Clothing, bedding and linens, kitchenware, small appliances, bicycles, books, toys, furniture and more can be donated and later reused at most area thrift stores. Clothing and shoes can be dropped off at any Planet Aid box located throughout the City.
Electronic Recycling - other options
- Amazon Locker facility at Guilford Drive and Hartwick Road in College Park has a drop off bin for small electronics. Accepted material include: Laptops, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, audio visual devices, media players, cameras, thumb drives, and connected home devices.
- Best Buy Electronic Recycling: Residents can drop off up to 3 items, most are free, but TVs and Monitors cost $25 . What they accept: TV’s and Video, Computers and Tablets, Cell Phones and Radios, Vacuums, Fans, Audio and E-readers, Video games and Gadgets, Cameras and Camcorders, Car Audio, Video and GPS.
Eyeglasses can be recycled through the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program at MOMs Organic Market and there is a drop off box in the lobby of Davis Hall.
EPA recommends that consumers take advantage of available local options for recycling all light bulbs and tubes, including but not limited to LED, CFLs, fluorescent and other bulbs that contain mercury, and all other household hazardous wastes, rather than disposing of them in regular household trash.
- Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) can be dropped off at Home Depot, Lowe’s and IKEA.
- Christmas Lights can be taken to MOMs Organic Market during December and January.
- LED light bulbs, CFLs, and Fluorescent light tubes can be brought to the Prince George’s County Brown Station Landfill on Household Hazardous Waste days (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm) 11611 White House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Medicine (unused or expired)
Bring all unused, expired or unwanted medicines to the College Park State Police Barrack Q at 10100 Rhode Island Avenue in College Park (call 301.345.3101 with any questions). The University of Maryland’s Police Department has occasional medicine drop off dates, please visit their website for more information.
Metal Clothes Hangers
These hangers can be dropped off at ZIPS Dry Cleaners.