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Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Events
To assist residents with proper disposal of hazardous wastes, the Department of Solid Waste Management hosts two free drop off events each year for hazardous material disposal - one in May and one in October.

The next drop off day will be held on October 25, 2014, from 8am until 12pm, at 8349 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick.
Download our free app to be reminded via mobile device notification or email reminder: These events are also advertised in the Frederick News Post several weeks in advance.

 • Fluorescent bulbs  (CFL/compact and tube)
 • Paint (Oil based or latex, it is not hazardous. Paint will store in useable condition for many years; painting out and using up the material is preferred. For disposal, paint must be dried out, then may be placed in your regular household trash.  Inexpensive commercial drying products for latex paint are available at paint and home improvement stores and can dry latex paint within a few minutes. You may also simply add mulch, shredded newspaper or kitty litter to any paint and leave the lid off until dried, or spread paint across sheets of cardboard or newspaper. Once it is dried, paint can be thrown in the regular trash or brought to the landfill for disposal.)
 • Fuels (gasoline/kerosene)  • Alkaline batteries (may be disposed of with regular household trash as they are not hazardous)
 • Household cleaners  • Biohazard waste (Clym Environmental Services is one local vendor who may be able to assist with this waste; for more information contact them at 301-694-6000.)
 • Medicines (in original containers only; all personal information may be marked out.)  • Explosives & ammunition (Contact the Office of the State Fire Marshall Bomb Squad by calling 410-859-7152)
 • Mercury thermometers  • Firearms (Contact the County Sheriff’s Department at 301-600-1046.)
 • Mothballs  • Fire extinguishers (Call Baker's Fire Protection Service at 301-810-5016)
 • Nickel-cadmium and NIMH batteries(rechargeable batteries)   Fireworks & flares  (Contact the Frederick County Fire Marshall at 301-600-1479.)
 • Pesticides/insecticides/fungicides  • Freon and fuel tanks & cylinders (Most vendors accept barbeque grill-sized propane tanks; Aero Energy (301-662-4101) accepts small/camping canisters. Look under “Gas Companies” in the yellow pages; some vendors may also accept freon, oxygen and fuel tanks other than propane.)
 • Photographic chemicals  • Helium tanks (EMPTY tanks may be deposited for no charge in the scrap metal drop off bin at the DSWM Recycling Center located at 9031 Reichs Ford Rd. Any residual helium left in the tank must first be released by opening the valve.  After the tank has been depressurized in this way, unscrew the nozzle on the tank and remove it completely.)
 • Pool chemicals  • Motor oil, oil filters and antifreeze (Accepted year round at the Reichs Ford Road Recycling Drop Off Center for no charge.)
 • Smoke Detectors  • Radioactive materials
 • Stains and sealants, aerosol paints  • Regular trash (Accepted year round via the Reichs Ford Road Landfill Main Entrance.)
 • Thinners and solvents  • Recyclable materials (Accepted year round at the Reichs Ford Road Recycling Drop Off Center for no charge.)
 • Household materials marked as "hazardous" or "toxic"  • Tires (Accepted for recycling, year round via the Reichs Ford Road Landfill Main Entrance.)

 • Vehicle batteries (Accepted year round at the Reichs Ford Road Recycling Drop Off Center for no charge.)
   • Vegetable oils

Federal Drug Enforcement Agency Sponsors a Pharmaceutical Collection Day
September 27, 2014 - 10am to 2pm
Unwanted or expired medications can be brought to designated drop off locations for no-cost, safe and proper disposal. This event is not sponsored by Frederick County; complete information, including drop off locations, can be found at the DEA website.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

j0437853.pngAccording to the U.S. government ENERGY STAR program, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb!

Part of what makes these bulbs work so efficiently is the small amounts of mercury they contain.  This also means that they need to be handled carefully, and like medicines, chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances in your home, they need to be disposed of outside the regular waste system.

CFL bulbs may be brought to the county's Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off events twice per year.
Some local businesses, including The Home Depot, Lowes, The Common Market and MOMs Market, accept CFL bulbs for recycling year round (see their websites for more information).

More detailed information on compact fluorescent light bulbs, including disposal options and what to do if a bulb breaks in your home, can be found at the EPA website: