Sustainability & Protecting the Environment
Think globally and act locally! Hyattsville is proud to be a leader in sustainable City operations. Learn more about the many City programs and services promoting a more sustainable, healthy, and environmentally-friendly community for all.
Protecting trees and waterways
The City of Hyattsville has been recognized as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for over 30 years. To protect our urban forests and the Anacostia River watershed, the City has comprehensive tree care and stormwater management practices.
- Download our Residential Tree Care brochure
- View the Tree Care web page for information about Hyattsville's tree care programs and Urban Canopy Report
- In 2021, the City sponsored 10 residents to participate in the Anacostia Watershed Society's Watershed Stewards Academy. These residents received an in-depth education in pollution prevention and are currently implementing local projects to improve the quality of our waterways.
- The City participates in an organic landscape management program for pesticide free maintenance of City parks, plantings, and playing fields. This prevents pesticide run-off into our local waterways and protects beneficial pollinators like bees, birds, and butterflies.
Responsible waste management
Everything that we own and use has a lifecycle. Throwing things in the trash does not mean they disappear! Following the simple tenants of reduce, reuse and recycle keeps materials out of landfills where they can take decades to decompose and produce gases harmful to people and the planet.
- Reduce & Reuse: Be thoughtful about every purchase! Consider purchased gently-used items instead of increasing the demand for new products. The City supports annual Yard Sale Days in the Spring and Fall to encourage neighbors to exchange goods. Sign up for City notices for updates on Yard Sale Days or request a Yard Sale Permit to host your own. You can also donate your used items to one of many local re-use organizations in our area!
- Recycle & Compost: Before putting household items in the garbage, see if they can be recycled or composted! Visit the City's waste management web pages for details on recycling and composting services. The City collects weekly recycling and compost, offers motor oil and antifreeze disposal at the DPW Operations Center, and hosts an annual electronics recycling day.
- Not sure how to recycle something? Check out the list of suggestions at Earth911 to recycle everything from textiles to furniture.
A transition towards renewable energy sources cuts down on harmful carbon emissions and saves money!
- Solar power: The City has updated the lighting in Parking Lot 1, Hyatt Park, and the 38th Avenue Fitness park to solar powered units that use less energy. They are also "off the grid" allowing them to remain lit even if the power were to go out due to a storm or other emergency.
- Electric vehicle charging stations: To help reduce resident's dependence on fossil fuels, the City offers electric vehicle charging stations in several public parking lots.
- Electric vehicle fleet: As new vehicles are added to the City's administration, Public Works, and Police fleets, every effort is made to secure electric or hybrid options. Watch a brief video about the City's electric trash truck (the first of its kind in the country!) below and learn more about the HCPD's electric vehicles.
Healthy humans are part of a healthy planet! Explore the various programs and downloadable guides the City has to support community health and wellness.
- Healthy food: Pick your own seasonal fruits and greens at the City's two Food Forests or grow your own at one of the City's Community Gardens.
- Ditch the car(bon)!: Explore the City's bike trails and connect to regional transit options.
- Stay active: View a map of City parks and work up a sweat at the 38th Avenue Fitness Park. Check out ongoing programs for residents of all ages that encourage both mental and physical health.
- Plant native gardens: Native plants require less water and maintenance, provide shelter and food for insects and animals, and are beautiful! Find a list of plants native to our area in this US Fish & Wildlife Service Guide. The City is part of the National Wildlife Foundation's Mayor's Monarch Pledge, taking steps to plant and protect native habitats that support the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Learn about planting monarch-friendly gardens.
- Go Green!: Attend an environmental program or download resources and Action Guides for advice on everything from installing rain barrels to making your home more energy efficient.
Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
Help Hyattsville go green! Join one of the monthly clean-ups to keep invasive plant species from spreading in Hyattsville's parks. Removals are typically the third Saturday of the month, weather permitting. Sturdy shoes or work boots and clothing that cover your arms and legs are recommended. The City will provide cotton work gloves and trash bags. Find the next removal on the City calendar or contact Dawn Taft at email@example.com.
Additional environmental volunteer opportunities, like tree-plantings, are posted as they become available on our Volunteer Page. You can also sign up for City email and/or text notices to receive updates on upcoming environmental events.