Frederick County Government operates one recycling drop-off center that collects a wide variety of materials. In addition to this site, many local municipalities also offer recycling drop-off sites for the collection of standard household materials (plastic, metal and glass packaging and paper products). Please check with the nearest town office to see if a drop-off program exists in your region.
Drop-Off Recycling at the DSWM Facilities
The Department of Solid Waste Management facilities (at 9031 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick) accept much more than just bottles, cans, boxes, and jars. The recycling drop off center at this site is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and accepts an expanded array of recyclable materials in addition to regular, single-stream household recyclables.
By entering at the "Recycling Road" entrance (just before the main site entrance), you may bring in, for no fee, any of the regular recyclables accepted for curbside recycling as well as:
Bulky/Oversized Rigid Plastics: Lawn furniture, toys (such as outdoor play sets), kiddie pools, plastic buckets, tubs and storage totes, plastic shelving, milk crates, laundry baskets, etc. (Not Accepted: garden hoses, PVC items, vinyl siding, any soft flexible plastics, anything rubber or vinyl.)
Appliances: “White goods” such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, air conditioners, hot water heaters, etc. (Not Accepted: small, mostly plastic appliances such as blenders, alarm clocks, etc.)
Scrap Metal: Anything made of at least 75% metal, such as bicycles, fencing, lawn mowers, wire coat hangers, grills, swing sets, aluminum lawn chairs, barbeque grills, pots and pans, file cabinets, metal shelving, etc.
Automotive Materials: Motor oil (up to 5 gallons per day) and filters (no empty oil bottles), antifreeze, diesel fuel, hydraulic and transmission fluids, and lead-acid batteries. There are additional sites for motor oil and antifreeze recycling located across Frederick County; view locations. For information on tires, see below. (Not Accepted for Recycling: any other automotive components.)
Yard Waste: Our primary yard waste recycling site is accessed via the main facility entrance (see below), however, small amounts of material may be brought to the recycling drop off center where a collection dumpster has been placed for convenience.
The main facility entrance
is used for any transactions requiring presentation of a driver's license, transactions that incur a fee or for bringing in large amounts of yard waste. This includes:
Yard Waste: Limbs and pruned branches smaller than 8’ long and 6” diameter, grass clippings, weeds, fallen leaves, etc. There is no fee to drop off yard waste. (Not Accepted: mulch, soil or root balls, construction debris, lumber, plastic bags.)
Tires: Tires are brought through the main entrance, not the recycling entrance, for a cash/check fee of $.69 per 20 pounds or a credit/debit fee of $.76 per 20 pounds. Residents may bring in 5 tires per year. (For more information on scrap tire disposal, click here.)
Electronics: There is a cash/check fee of $.69 per 20 pounds or a credit/debit fee of $.76 per 20 pounds of electronics being recycled. There is a limit of 10 televisions or computer monitors per resident per year. Please note: We are unable to provide a certificate of destruction for secure data.