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Residential Waste

The Department of Resident Life and Residential Facilities provides landfill, recycle, and compost collection for students.

Student holding compost bin lid in a Residence HallWaste Collection in Residence Halls

Students living in our residence halls are asked to take waste from their rooms outside to the nearest recycling and landfill dumpsters. Students who live in Oakland, Prince Frederick, Pyon-Chen, and Johnson-Whittle Halls will take their waste to their floor waste rooms. 

Public waste bins are available in select locations in buildings, but should not be used for students' personal waste from their rooms. Signage is placed over every bin to help direct you on how to sort your waste. Public waste bins are serviced by Residential Facilities Housekeeping staff.

No plastic bags: Recycling should be placed in dumpsters without any plastic bags. Empty loose material directly in the waste collection bins, unbagged.

Glass is not recyclable in campus recycling bins, including residence hall recycling bins and dumpsters. Glass recycling is collected separately at purple glass recycling dumpsters.

For more information about our campus waste program, visit

Compost in Resident Halls

Composting in our halls began as a small pilot in 2015. Since then, our compost collection program has expanded to over 32 residential buildings/areas. Compost collection bins are located in the trash rooms, lounges and restrooms of the building. Suites and apartment compost collect is located in the lobbies of Annapolis Hall and Leonardtown Community Center. Compost bins in our restrooms are only for paper towels. Compostable items should not be placed in bins within in plastic bags. Empty loose material directly into the collect bins in your lounges, trash rooms, or community drop off location.

Residence halls with compost collection bins:

  • Annapolis
  • Cambridge
  • Centreville
  • Chestertown
  • Cumberland
  • Denton
  • Dorchester
  • Easton
  • Elkton
  • Ellicott
  • Frederick
  • Garrett
  • Hagerstown
  • Harford
  • Howard
  • Johnson-Whittle
  • Kent
  • LaPlata
  • Leonardtown
  • Montgomery
  • Oakland
  • Prince Frederick
  • Prince George’s
  • Pyon-Chen
  • St. Mary’s
  • Talbot
  • Washington
  • Worcester


Residential Life's Terps Move-Out Donation Drive is a campus-wide initiative to engage in the sustainable practice of donating goods to benefit the local community during move-out at the end of the academic year.

The Resident Life Terp to Terp Program collects and distributes unused or gently used small appliances, cooking/kitchen items, room accessories, and school supplies donated throughout the year by students, faculty, and staff.



Battery and E-Waste recycling bins can be found at all community service desks.

E-Waste Bin Residence Hall

Battery Bin

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