Wednesday, September 04, 2013

We now accept bulky rigid plastics for drop-off recycling

Effective September 4, 2013, we now accept bulky rigid plastics for drop-off recycling at our Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station!

See Shady Grove Transfer Station hours and directions. Use the Route 355 / Frederick Road entrance for dropping off bulky rigid plastic items.

What bulky rigid plastic items are included?

 We can accept items such as:
  • Toys (no batteries, wood or wires)
  • Playhouses and swimming pools
  • Large buckets (larger than 5-gallon in size)
  • Milk/soda crates
  • Landscape items (edging, trays, etc.)
  • Laundry baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Closet organizers
  • Dish drainers
  • Tote boxes and lids
  • Drums (food grade ONLY; NO chemical containers)
  • Pet carriers
  • Flower pots and trays (clean, no soil or plant material)
  • Large water bottles (5-gallon or larger)
  • Garbage cans/waste baskets
  • Recycling bins
  • Shelving
  • Trays
  • Automotive parts (plastic bed liners, bumpers, grills and hubcaps)
  • Pallets
  • Traffic signs
  • Composite lumber products
  • PVC and PET blister packs
  • Clothes hangers

How should items be prepared for recycling?

    All items dropped off for recycling should be empty, rinsed, if necessary, and free of loose dirt, soil, etc.

    What plastic items are not accepted?

     Among the items that cannot be recycled with either rigid plastics or commingled materials are:
    • Polystyrene or Styrofoam™ plastics (marked PS #6)
    • PVC pipe/tubing
    • Vinyl fencing/siding
    • Medical waste
    • Motor oil containers
    • Plastics containing or contaminated by chemicals or hazardous waste
    • Film (shopping or grocery bags and stretch film)
    • Pesticide/herbicide containers
    • Garden hoses

    1 comment:

    1. Anonymous9:57 AM

      Thank you! This is a great, much needed plastic recycling update! Thank you for helping me, help you, help our environment! I like how Montgomery County makes it happen! Yes we can!
      ...Now all we need is a compost option. Any hope of that? I'm ready when you are! I really do hate putting compostables in the trash, but I still don't feel comfortable composting anything other than yard waste in my backyard (fear of encouraging rodents which already exist).
      Thanks again for your help!


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