Recycling in La Plata

The solid waste services offered by the Town of La Plata are one of the highest rated services by our citizens.  While trash, yard waste, and bulk pickups are performed by Town staff; recycling is offered through a contract with Southern Maryland Recycling, a private contractor.  The Town offers residential recycling services on Wednesdays.

Due to holidays either ocurring on a Wednesday or earlier in the week, the recycling pick-up day may slightly alter.  Southern Maryland Recycling will compress its schedule to complete pickups the same week, meaning your recycling may be picked up later in the day on a Wednesday, or on Thursday. 

Also listed below is information describing how to recycle batteries, yard waste, a brochure on what can be recycled, Prescription disposal and Charles County hazardous waste collection. 

Battery Recycling

Got Batteries?

Rechargeable batteries are a cost effective way to power all types of electronic devices.  So what do you do with all your dead batteries, rechargeable or otherwise? 

Recycle them!  The Town Hall is a recycling station for your old AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, cell phone and button batteries.    Bring your old, dead batteries into the Town Hall and place them in the designated container in the front lobby and we will do the rest.  Please don’t throw your old batteries away in the trash.  La Plata will make sure they are properly processed and don’t end up in the landfill.

Yard Waste Pick Up

Consider mulching and composting instead of bagging yard waste.  Residential yard waste pickups will only take place on non-holiday Monday and Fridays.  Containers of yard waste ONLY – leaves, grass and shrub clippings, brush or branches may be put out on Mondays and Fridays.  The containers must be marked “Yard Waste”.  Brush or branches must be bundled, weigh no more than 50lbs. per bundle, and the branches may not be larger than 4 feet long.  Plastic bags are not allowed – if you bag yard waste you must use paper bags.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Household hazardous waste collection is on the first Saturday of the month during the spring, summer, and fall, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Charles County Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata.  Household hazardous waste collection is a contracted service and items cannot be accepted when the contractor is not on site.

Items accepted free of charge include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, and other poisons that are around your house. Please keep the materials in their original containers whenever possible, and bring them to the collection site in cardboard boxes to ease unloading.

For more information, and to verify dates, call the Charles County Department of Public Facilities, Environmental Resources Division at (301) 932-3599.

Prescription Drug Disposal

Do not flush medicines down the drain… Simply take the medicine to any of the Charles County Sheriff's Office district stations located in Waldorf, La Plata, or Indian Head, remove personal information from the container, and drop the medicines in a locked box located in the station's lobby. The Sheriff's Office will take the medicines to a hazardous waste incinerator where they will be disposed. The Sheriff's Office accepts prescription and non-prescription medication, pet medication, and vitamins. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms can be collected but intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. There is no need to fill out paperwork.

The effect of medicines entering the water system is being studied, but there is an increasing level of medicines able to be detected in the water system. Please do your part, don’t contribute to contamination of water by medicines. Charles County Sheriff's Office District I station is located at: District I - La Plata 6855 Crain Highway La Plata, MD 20646 (301) 932-2222


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