Approved Ordinance

On January 17, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance prohibiting yard waste from being disposed in the Frederick County Landfill. This ordinance pertains to both residential and commercial users and refers to materials normally generated in the maintenance of gardens, yards, lawns, or landscaped areas. This includes leaves, grass clippings, plants, shrubs, and prunings. Yard waste does not include: land clearing debris, waste pavement, soil, or any edible food products (fruits and vegetables).

The Department of Solid Waste Management encourages residents to:

  • grasscycle
  • compost at home (use this link for info on purchasing a bin or learning how-to)

We also provide 2 drop off locations for the collection of yard waste. The majority of the yard waste processed by the county is converted into mulch or compost for sale at the 9031 Reichs Ford Road Yard Waste Recycling site.

Yard Waste Site Sign

Take a Free Composting Class!
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Composting But Didn't Know Who to Ask...

Composting is a natural, simple way to create less waste and, as a bonus, improves the quality of your garden. But many folks are worried that it's too complicated or will cause a nuisance, and others may have not had much success with past attempts because they didn't know the basic rules for successful composting. We're here to help! Our free composting classes discuss the art and science of composting and then boil it all down to what you need to know to create a simple system that works for your household, budget and schedule.

​Classes are free but space is limited and advance registration is required!
​Monday, September 26, 3—5pm
​Thursday, October 6, 5—7pm
​ Sunday, October 9, 12—2pm  

​Classes are held at the Department of Solid Waste Facilities (9031 Reichs Ford Road), but any group of at least 8 individuals can request a private composting program, at your site or ours, any time of the year.

​ Call 301-600-7405 to register or request more information, or send email to