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Group Proposing to Replace Plastic Bags with Reusable Bags in College Park

The Committee for a Better Environment will present their proposal that the City considers a hybrid plastic bag ban that prohibits retailers from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale. Plastic bags are the #1 contaminant in the blue recycling cart. Encouraging reusable bags will eliminate over 60 tons of […]

Sunday November 13th, 2022 in Environment | No Comments »

Curbside Food Scrap Collection Starts November 15

Great news! The curbside collection of food scraps will begin Tuesday, November 15th. This new voluntary program will divert organic materials, that are not waste, out of our landfill and will reduce harmful greenhouse gases emitted from organic decomposition in landfills, which contributes to climate change. Residents can sign up on a rolling basis – […]

Wednesday November 2nd, 2022 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Curbside Food Scrap Collection Starts November 15

Protecting City’s Pollinator Habitats During Pollinator Week – June 19-25

This week, June 19-25 is the National Pollinator week. At tonight’s meeting, the City Council made the following proclamation encouraging residents to participate in community activities that support and celebrate pollinator protection. WHEREAS, College Park is home to many native wildlife and pollinator species such as birds, bees, hoverflies, and other insects, including leaf-cutter and […]

Tuesday June 21st, 2022 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Protecting City’s Pollinator Habitats During Pollinator Week – June 19-25

Moving Out? Don’t Sump. Donate!

Pitch in while you move out! Help others and keep reusable goods out of the landfill. To get rid of waste, you can drop off, schedule pickups (if available), or recycle. For more information, please Click Here. Don’t forget, Saturday, May 21 is the final Spring Saturday Cleanup! This is the last opportunity to dispose […]

Saturday May 14th, 2022 in Environment, Public Works | Comments Off on Moving Out? Don’t Sump. Donate!

Spring is Here. Let’s Make Our Neighborhood More Beautiful. And City May Help

Spring is finally here with its gorgeous weather (today is the first official day of Spring). As you and your family are getting ready to make your yards, gardens and the neighborhood beautiful, the City can help. Please see below a couple of resources to help you achieve your spring goal With the start of […]

Sunday March 20th, 2022 in Environment | Comments Off on Spring is Here. Let’s Make Our Neighborhood More Beautiful. And City May Help

City’s Bulk Trash Collection is Going Down Reduction

According to City staff, since the implementation of Bulk Trash Ordinance 20-O-02 in 2020, the Department of Public Works has observed a measurable decrease in collections of bulk trash tonnage. In 2019 (pre-ordinance), the City collected 756.3 tons, while in 2021, the City collected only 534.58 tons – a reduction of 221.72 tons! As part of the City‘s 2021-2025 Strategic […]

Monday February 14th, 2022 in Environment, Public Works | Comments Off on City’s Bulk Trash Collection is Going Down Reduction

City Introduces No-Mow April Program

The City is encouraging its residents to reduce or refrain from mowing their lawns in support of local pollinators during the month of April. The pilot “No-Mow April” is an initiative of the City’s Bee City USA Committee and was sanctioned by Mayor and Council to encourage property owners to help our native pollinators grow […]

Monday February 7th, 2022 in Environment | Comments Off on City Introduces No-Mow April Program

Earth Day Free Tree Giveaway

The City is hosting a free Earth Day Tree Giveaway! City residents interested in participating in the tree giveaway must complete the registration form at www.collegeparkmd.gov/treegiveaway2022 by March 04, 2022. Once registered, residents need to come on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 8:00 am until noon at the City’s Department of Public Works (located at […]

Saturday February 5th, 2022 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Earth Day Free Tree Giveaway

Council To Ask M-NCPPC to Delay the Adelphi Rd Sector Plan, Save Guilford Woods

At this week’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter with comments on the Adelphi Road Sector Plan and Proposed Sectional Map Amendment. M-NCPPC staff attended our City Council Worksession a couple of weeks ago to provide a briefing on the Adelphi Road-UMGC-UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan and recommendations including proposed […]

Monday January 24th, 2022 in Environment | Comments Off on Council To Ask M-NCPPC to Delay the Adelphi Rd Sector Plan, Save Guilford Woods

Recycle Your Styrofoam at Public Works

City has placed a temporary drop-off container will be at the entrance to Public Works for Styrofoam recycling. Bring in your holiday foam packaging to keep it out of the landfill.  The collection will continue until January 7, next year. According to the Earth Day Network, we produce more than 14 million tons of polystyrene […]

Saturday December 25th, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on Recycle Your Styrofoam at Public Works

Leaving the Leaves Can Be a Good Thing – Here is Why..

Imagine; the last City of College Park curbside leaf pick-up of the year is about to occur and your trees still have left on them. Don’t fret! Did you know that leaving the leaves in your yard is actually beneficial to the environment? Wait, but how is leaving leaves scattered about my yard beneficial? Many […]

Friday December 24th, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on Leaving the Leaves Can Be a Good Thing – Here is Why..

Holiday Recycling Tips

Sunday December 19th, 2021 in Announcements, Environment | Comments Off on Holiday Recycling Tips

Community Meeting on Climate Action Draft Plan

The County has released a Draft Climate Action Plan, which is now available for public comment. Residents can be part of the process to make Prince George’s County more climate-resilient, by participating virtually or in-person, in a host of scheduled Department of Environment community meetings to discuss the draft Climate Action Plan. It’s a great […]

Friday November 26th, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on Community Meeting on Climate Action Draft Plan

Proposal Seeks to Increase Pollination in College Park

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the College Park City Council will discuss a recommendation from the Bee City USA Committee to initiate a No Mow Month in April 2022 to reduce lawn mowing that will help provide food and nesting opportunities for early emerging pollinators. The proposal asks the Code Enforcement Officers to refrain from enforcing […]

Monday November 1st, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on Proposal Seeks to Increase Pollination in College Park

UMD Backs Away from Developing Guilford Woods Site – For Now

Today the University of Maryland President Dr. Pines announced to “pause” the proposed development of the Western Gateway graduate housing project. The proposed Western Gateway development would have happened at the sites of the Guilford Woods and the Guilford Run site, spanning over 9 acres of wooded land. The community in College Park and the […]

Thursday October 28th, 2021 in Announcements, Development, Environment | Comments Off on UMD Backs Away from Developing Guilford Woods Site – For Now