Saturday, December 20, 2014

Recycle cardboard boxes - #12daysofrecycling


The next material in our #12daysofrecycling is... cardboard boxes!

We accept unflattened boxes for recycling - simply set your boxes out next to your blue bin for collection. You do not need to remove the tape. 

However, consider flattening and folding boxes from big-ticket items to avoid advertising your new things to would-be thieves.

See more details about the paper Montgomery County accepts for recycling.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Recycle tins from holiday cookies, cakes, and popcorn - #12daysofrecycling






Mmm... holiday cookies, cakes, popcorn... 

Refilling the tins with treats is one way to reuse them. Popcorn tins can make handy storage containers. 

Or, add holiday tins to your blue bin for recycling! 

See more details about the cans and tins Montgomery County accepts for recycling.

Christmas Day 2014 - modified recycling and trash collection schedule

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day - No County-provided collection services will occur on this day. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.

If your collection day is
Your collection day this week is
Monday Monday, December 22, 2014 (no change)
Tuesday Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (no change)
Wednesday Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (no change)
Thursday Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday Saturday, December 27, 2014

If you have questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact the Montgomery County Customer Service Center (MC311) at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850) or @311MC311.

If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station
Transfer Station location, hours and other details
  • December 24, 2014: Public drop-off areas close at 5:00 p.m.
  • December 25, 2014: Entire facility closed.
A look ahead to the New Year's Day 2015 schedule

See our 2015 holiday calendar, customized for your address.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day - is a recycling and trash collection holiday. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.

If your collection day is
Your collection day this week is
Monday Monday, December 29, 2014 (no change)
Tuesday Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (no change)
Wednesday Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (no change)
Thursday Friday, January 2, 2015
Friday Saturday, January 3, 2015

Holiday recycling tips

We collect Christmas trees for recycling on your recycling day. Remember to remove all decorations. Details about how to prepare your Christmas tree for pick up.

Have holiday lights to recycle? We've compiled a list of local drop-off, as well as mail-in, opportunities.

Keep our how do I recycle/dispose… information handy for family members or guests wondering whether something is recyclable.

Get more holiday tips during our #12daysofrecycling on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Recycle paper gift wrap - #12daysofrecycling


Once your gift wrap has done its job, reuse or recycle it! 

If it's paper, remove the ribbons and bows, and add it to your paper recycling. You can leave any tape. 

(If the wrap is foil-coated, put it into the trash.)

 See more details about the paper Montgomery County accepts for recycling:  http://m.montgomerycountymd.gov/sws/how/paper.html

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recycle plastic domes and trays from cookies, cakes and pies - #12daysofrecycling


Join us for ‪#‎12daysofrecycling‬, looking at materials often generated during the holidays...  

Cookies, cakes, and pie - oh, my! 

After enjoying holiday treats packaged in and on plastic domes and trays, give the packaging a shake to remove leftover crumbs. 

Then, add the empty domes and trays to your blue bin for recycling. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Day 2014 - modified recycling and trash collection schedule


Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 27, 2014 - No County-provided collection services will occur on this day. After the holiday, Thursday and Friday County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.

Sign up for our Holiday Reminder email and text messages

If your collection day is
Your collection day this week is
Monday Monday, November 24, 2014 (no change)
Tuesday Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (no change)
Wednesday Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (no change)
Thursday Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday Saturday, November 29, 2014

If you have questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact the Montgomery County Customer Service Center (MC311) at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850) or @311MC311.

If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

To add our recycling/trash collection schedule changes directly to your electronic calendar, subscribe to our calendar feed.

Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station

Transfer Station location, hours and other details
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014: Public drop-off areas close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 27, 2014: Entire facility closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Prevent sewer backups after Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest day of the year for sewer backups! Fats, oil, and grease sent down the drain during Thanksgiving meal preparation and cleanup contribute to this.
Recycle/dispose of holiday lights and Christmas trees

We've updated our list of holiday light string recycling opportunities.

Request a bulk trash pickup to dispose of artificial Christmas trees (or offer usable trees for reuse). We accept cut Christmas trees year-round as yard trim. See Christmas tree recycling and disposal details.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Veterans Day 2014 - modified recycling and trash collection schedule

Sign up for our Holiday Reminder email and text messages

Veterans Day: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - No County-provided collection services will occur on this day. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will slide, and be one day later than normal.

If your collection day is
Your collection day this week is
Monday Monday, November 10, 2014 (no change)
Tuesday Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday Saturday, November 15, 2014

If you have questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact the Montgomery County Customer Service Center (MC311) at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850) or @311MC311.

If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

To add our recycling/trash collection schedule changes directly to your electronic calendar, subscribe to our calendar feed.

Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station


Transfer Station location, hours and other details
  • Transfer Station recycling and trash drop-offs: open with normal hours
    • Shady Grove Entrance for loads 500 pounds and more: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Frederick Road Entrance for loads under 500 pounds: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Recycling Center: closed
  • Transfer Station and Recycling Center administrative offices: closed

Community Paper Shredding and Recycling - November 15, 2014


Our next paper shredding and recycling event is Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest High School in Germantown. We will also be accepting donations of reusable clothing and household goods.

See full event information, including details about the usable clothing and household item donations accepted.

Friday, October 31, 2014

4 solutions for managing your autumn leaves

pile of leaves with a rake

Those colorful autumn leaves are a treat for the eyes. As they drop, their crunch underfoot speaks that it's definitely Fall. But, at some point, the leaves may simply need to go.

There are a number of ways to use leaves in your yards and gardens. In addition, here are four solutions Montgomery County offers for managing your autumn leaves:

compost bin filled with leaves
1. Compost them


Compost your leaves to break them down into a rich resource for your soil.

We offer compost bins at no charge for pickup at 19 locations around the County.

If you need composting pointers to get you started, we've got those, too.

yard trim bags at the curb for collection
2. Set them out for weekly yard trim collection


In Montgomery County, Maryland, we collect yard trim -- leaves, grass, brush, and Christmas trees -- year round.

For weekly curbside yard trim pickups, we accept leaves in
Tip: do not put your leaves in plastic bags, as we cannot accept these bags.

3. Rake them to the curb for leaf vacuuming


Some neighborhoods receive leaf vacuuming from the County's Division of Highway Services. In 2014, leaf vacuuming will begin on November 10.

See details about leaf vacuuming, including a Leaf Collection District Map, and approximate collection dates.

Tip: when you rake leaves to the curb, keep your piles out of the street.

Trucks unloading leaves at the Transfer Station
4. Deliver them to the Shady Grove Transfer Station and Processing Facility


You may deliver leaves, either loose or in bags, directly to our Shady Grove Transfer Station and Processing Facility.

We accept yard trim loads under 500 pounds daily at no charge. If your load is 500 pounds or more, enter through the Truck Entrance, open Monday through Saturday; the fee schedule will apply.

This time of year is very busy at the Transfer Station, so we recommend using our curbside pickups for leaves and other yard trim when you can. If you do bring these materials to the Transfer Station, aim for our off-peak times, including our weekday evening hours for loads under 500 pounds.

Tip: remember to cover your load.

What happens to the leaves we collect and vacuum?


The leaves picked up as weekly yard trim and in the leaf vacuuming go to the Montgomery County Composting Facility. There, they are processed into compost marketed as Leafgro.