Recycling Update: August
Frederick County is pleased to announce that plastic recycling will continue! Coupled with the recent announcement that cardboard and bulk paper, and metal cans recycling will continue, this means that citizens may continue doing what they have been doing: taking these recyclable items to the landfill or convenience sites and placing them in the proper container. Read more: News
Recycling Update: July
Frederick County has successfully negotiated a revised contract with our recycling vendor. The vendor will continue to take certain materials through December 2019. Read more: News
County Facing Changes in Recycling Programs
Late in the day on June 13, 2019, Frederick County received written notice from our vendor that it was invoking the 60-day notice, per their current contract, and will be terminating our existing contractual arrangement for recycling services. While we continue discussions with our vendor in the hope of reaching some form of agreement, the County is exploring all other options. Read more: News
Recycling is easy and makes a ton of difference.
Frederick County Residents are encouraged to reduce their trash generation, recycle, reuse, compost yard waste and buy products made of recycled-content material whenever possible. The county offers a voluntary recycling program with a total of eleven drop off stations located throughout the county. See the Citizens' Sites page for locations and hours.
Accepted for Recycling:
- clean newspapers,
- newspaper inserts
- glossy magazines,
- office paper,
- shredded paper,
- phone books, paperback books, hard cover books,
- aluminum and steel cans,
- plastic bottles and jugs,
- "Check the neck". If the neck is narrow, recycle it. Also see our brochure for what to include.
- paperboard (i.e., shoe boxes, soda cartons and cereal boxes),
- brown paper sacks (recycle with boxes or mixed paper)
- flattened corrugated cardboard boxes (except Star Tannery location),
- tires, appliances, motor oil, antifreeze and cooking oil (landfill only),
- electronics (landfill only)
- Christmas trees, (seasonal)
- shoes, handbags, belts, hats, luggage
All materials should be loose when placed into collection containers. Never include plastic bags of any type. Reuse them, recycle them at your favorite retailer or opt for reusable totes whenever possible.
Now more than ever, it is important to RECYCLE RIGHT. Find out more about how contamination or trash mixed with your recyclables threatens our program. We're sharing both a local and national news story below about the state of recycling in Frederick County and the U.S.:
Please note: Follow signage at drop-offs; put clean, loose bottles, cans, jugs, papers, into collection cans; remove and discard caps.