Yard Waste Drop Off / Collection

Suggestions for Managing Your Yard Waste

  • Grasscycling
  • Backyard composting
  • Drop off yard waste for no charge at the Reichs Ford Road Mulch and Composting Facility (residential and commercial use). The address and site hours are listed below.
  • Curbside Collection: Residents of municipalities and those living in homeowner association-controlled areas may have curbside yard waste collection provided for them by these entities; please contact your Town Office or HOA for more information (Frederick County Government does not provide home yard waste collection). Residents in areas without an established yard waste collection program may wish to contact a local waste hauler, as some offer yard waste collection in addition to regular trash service.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Location

  • Leaves, grass clippings, brush trimmings, and limbs (no longer than 8 feet long and 6 inches in diameter) can be brought to our site for no fee.
  • We do not accept old mulch or soil as yard waste. Mulch, dirt, sod with soil attached, large stumps, and sections of wood too large to pass through our grinding equipment can be brought to our facility as construction debris, processed for regular landfill disposal.
  • When dropped off, recyclable yard waste material must be loose or in paper bags.

 The Division of Solid Waste and Recycling has one drop-off facility, 9031 Reichs Ford Road, Frederick 21704. At this location, there are TWO areas yard waste may be brought to:

  • Smaller/residential loads can be brought to the Recycling drop-off site and placed in a yard waste dumpster. Look for the large white "Recycling Drop Off" sign on Reichs Ford Road. (The dumpster is set below ground level, so you can back a vehicle up and unload directly into it.) 
  • Larger/commercial loads should be brought through the main facility entrance, weighed in at the scale house, and then directed to the primary yard waste recycling area to be unloaded on the ground.

By bringing your yard waste to the Reichs Ford Road site, you are helping to create top-quality, landscape-enhancing mulch and compost available at low cost to county residents and businesses. View more information on these products.

Please Remember

Since 1989 Maryland law has required that "A vehicle with any load may not be driven on any highway unless the load and any covering on the load are fastened securely to prevent the load or covering from becoming loose or detached or from in any way endangering other users of the highway." This includes loads of yard debris, mulch, or compost! 



Please call the Office of Recycling 301-600-2960, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., if you have questions about composting, mulch, or general yard waste management.