Curbside collection is a service offered to single family homes - this includes individual homes, townhomes and row houses. This service began as a pilot project in 1991 and was provided to approximately 4,000 single-family households. Over the next 15 years the program grew to include more than 55,000 homes!
In 2008 the Board of County Commissioners voted to expand this successful program to include all single-family households in Frederick County. By switching to an every-other-week collection schedule, more than 15,000 households were able to be added to the collection routes and in 2009 began recycling curbside for the first time! As of 2015, more than 76,000 households are eligible for curbside service. Please note that recycling is not mandatory, so each household decides if and how they will participate.
Residents in multi-family dwellings can request that their property manager place a dumpster for collection of recyclables next to their dumpster for trash, as most trash hauling services also offer recycling collection. Many businesses have found that doing this actually reduces their waste disposal costs!
If your property has its trash hauled to the Frederick County Landfill facilities, it is charged $69-76 per ton of waste disposed. It only costs $25 per ton to bring recyclables to the County facilities, so the more a business (including property management companies) recycles, the more it can potentially save.