The Department of Public Works is hosting an environmental outreach event on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building parking lot (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Backyard composting and rain barrel workshops are available, as well as free document shredding. Advance registration for workshops is required.

Charles County Government and the University of Maryland Extension staff are pleased to offer one hour workshops for rain barrels and composting.  The first rain barrel and compost bin workshops begin at 10:30 a.m.

Shred Event

Free, secure, on-site shredding services available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring up to five boxes (per vehicle) of personal documents for shredding and recycling. Event is for Charles County residents only.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778.

Rain Barrel Workshop

 Take home a rain barrel and learn proper in-home installation techniques, practical uses for rain barrels, and how to reduce the impact of runoff on local waterways.
  Become eligible for a Stormwater fee credit.
 Advance registration is required. Register at or for more information call Rachel O’Shea at 301-396-5237 or Jackie Takacs at 240-393-6508.
 Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 21. 

Composting Workshop

 Construct a compost bin and learn how to create quality compost in your backyard.
 Registration is required. Register at
 For more information, call Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3569 or Luke Gustafson at 301-934-5403.
 Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 21. 

For registration forms and additional information, visit Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.