Friday, June 25, 2010

Independence Day 2010 - normal trash and recycling collection schedule

Monday, July 5, 2010 - Independence Day (observed) - is a regular recycling and trash collection day for Montgomery County-provided collections. All County-provided recycling and trash collections will be made on their normal schedule the week of July 5th.

If your normal collection day is: Your collection day for the week of July 5, 2010, is:
Monday Monday
Tuesday Tuesday
Wednesday Wednesday
Thursday Thursday
Friday Friday

If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact the Montgomery County Customer Service Center at 311 (240-777-0311, TTY: 240-773-3556).

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

  • Saturday, July 3, 2010: Normal site operations; administrative offices closed.
  • Sunday, July 4, 2010: Site and administrative offices closed.
  • Monday, July 5, 2010: Normal site operations; administrative offices closed.
  • Transfer Station location, hours and other details

Poolesville Beauty Spot

Friday, June 18, 2010

What did you spot in the blue bin?

My last post was about lawnmowers. At the end of it, I asked whether you saw anything wrong with the blue bin...

Yes! Right there at the top of the bin is a... big plastic trash bag!

Even if you collect recyclable items in plastic bags, please put only loose cans, bottles, jars and containers into your blue bin. Then, reuse the bags, recycle them, or if they are dirty, put them into the trash.

Our Recycling Center sorting process works most efficiently when we receive your loose recyclables. When items are delivered in plastic bags, workers must open and remove the bags by hand.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Can a gas lawnmower be put out for a special pick up?

blue bin  and lawnmower at end of driveway
Photo credit: G. A. Corrick

From our mailbag:

Can a gas lawnmower be put out for a special pick up?

Thanks for your question, J.!

Yes, we accept gas (and other) lawnmowers in our scrap metal recycling program. To request a curbside collection, just call us at 240-777-6410. We must receive your call by 11 a.m. on the business day before your recycling day. The pickups are made on your recycling day.

To prepare your mower for collection, remove all gas and oil from it. If the mower has a battery, take it out. Then, set the mower at your curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. (We accept batteries in our Household Hazardous Waste Program.)

Have a riding mower to recycle? We cannot accept it as curbside scrap metal. However, we do accept riding mowers at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station scrap metal drop-off area.

So, that takes care of lawnmowers. But, take a closer look at the lawnmower photo above. What do you spot in the blue bin? See any issues? We'll revisit this in the next blog post!