Municipal recycling was introduced in the U.S. fifty years ago. In the decades since then, local jurisdictions have gone from throwing away 100 percent of their waste in landfills or incinerators to diverting a share of it to recycling plants and composting facilities. How are our local jurisdictions doing in this regard? Kojo catches up with local leaders to discuss the broad view of regional waste management, and also to get basic questions answered about different waste pick-up and drop-off programs.


  • Christopher Shorter Director, D.C. Department of Public Works; @DCDPW
  • Adam Ortiz Director, Prince George's County Department Of Environment
  • Neil Seldman President, Institute For Local Self-Reliance

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In honor of Earth Month, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce the reopening of food waste drop-off's throughout the city, and an array of other services. On Earth Day weekend (April 21-22), DPW will be giving away kitchen caddies to the first 50 participants at each open drop-off location to help residents compost their food waste.

Prince George's County Recycling and Waste Collection Toolkit

Recycling and Waste Collection Toolkit | Prince George's County, MD

Download free material to distribute in your community that will help you strengthen or expand your recycling efforts.

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