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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga July 2024

Council Member Tom Dernoga with Special Assistant Jerri Jones at the Beltsville Community Festival.

Trash, Recyclables, and Compost pick up

Starting July 1, 2024, residents can place up to four bulky items at the curb for collection. Please note that scrap tires and white goods, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and other appliances, will still require scheduling for pickup through PGC311. Additionally, this change will bring adjustments to the residential trash pickup schedule. Be sure to review the updated pickup days for your area here: As a reminder, we ask residents to include in the compost bin only food, food-related items, and yard trim/waste (optional) in the cart for collection. This includes food-soiled paper items, paper towels, plates and napkins, pizza boxes, and ice cream containers.


Grand Opening of new Beltsville Grocery Store and Grocery Bag Giveaway

Join us on Saturday, July 13, from 9 AM to 11 AM at the new Grocery Outlet, 11705 Beltsville Drive, Calverton, 20705, for the exciting Grand Opening weekend and Grocery Bag Giveaway! You can collect a free reusable grocery bag and meet with the District 1 Team. For more details, visit


Parking in Neighborhoods:

Summer often means more gatherings, events, and outdoor fun, leading to crowded streets and increased demand for parking. Here are some tips to ensure your parking practices are considerate of your neighbors and community:

●       Follow Parking Regulations: Always observe and adhere to parking signs and regulations in residential areas. This includes respecting permit-only zones, no-parking areas, and time-limited parking spots. If neighborhoods are experiencing parking issues, please consider the Parking Permit Program. For more information, click here:

●       Avoid Blocking Driveways and Sidewalks: Ensure your vehicle is not obstructing driveways, sidewalks, or fire hydrants. Blocking these can cause inconvenience and pose safety risks.

Disposing of Trash Properly

With increased outdoor activities, it's crucial to manage waste responsibly to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe:

●       Use Designated Trash Bins: Always dispose of waste in public trash bins. If bins are full, hold onto your trash until you find an appropriate disposal place. Contact PGC311 to report full trash bins at 3-1-1 or online at

●       Recycling: Sort recyclable materials from general waste and place them in designated recycling bins. This practice reduces landfill waste and promotes environmental sustainability. You can recycle items such as glass, metals (aluminum foil and empty aerosol cans), mixed paper, and plastics. However, do not recycle broken glass, auto parts, dishes, electronics, hazardous materials, and other restricted items. Please visit this link for a detailed list of recyclable and non-recyclable materials.

●       Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly: Items such as batteries, electronics, and chemicals should not be disposed of in regular trash bins. Refer to local guidelines for proper disposal methods for hazardous materials. On August 17, the Department of Environment will be at Highpoint High School at 3601 Powder Mill Road, hosting a household hazardous waste and electronics recycling event from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Embracing Community Etiquette

Summer is a beautiful time to connect with neighbors and enjoy communal spaces, but it's essential to do so respectfully:

●       Respect Quiet Hours: Be mindful of loud music, conversations, and other noise, especially late at night. Construction noise is permitted daily from 7 AM until 9 PM. Noise that can be heard within fifty (50) feet or in a residence outside of these hours should be reported to the Police Department. Call the non-emergency number at 301-352-1200. This will allow for response and investigation.


Connect with Us

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