DSWM Facilities

The Department of Solid Waste facilities are located at 9031 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick. There are 2 entrances to the site.

Recycle Road

The "Recycle Road" entrance is for access:

The recycling drop-off center, for free drop-off of:
  • Single stream recyclables (bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, plastic, etc.)
  • Bulky/over sized plastics (items too large to recycle curbside)
  • Small amounts of yard waste
  • Antifreeze and motor oil
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Scrap metal and 'white goods' appliances(refrigerators, air conditioners, stoves, etc.)
The Citizen's Convenience Center is a self-service, flat-rate are for trash disposal. For complete info, please visit: www.frederickcountymd.gov/6410/Citizens-Convenience-Center 

Main Entrance

The main entrance is marked by a sign identifying the Department of Solid Waste Management facilities. This is the main site access point, used when bringing in trash for disposal as well as the following materials for recycling. To see current disposal fees, please visit https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/535/Materials-Accepted-Fees-Payment-Options 

The main entrance is also used to access the transfer station, administrative offices, and other site facilities, as well as to purchase mulch and compost. When you arrive at the main entrance your first stop will be at the scale house. In order to keep accurate records of the quantity of materials our site processes, all vehicles are weighed as they enter and exit. The staff person who greets you will ask what you are disposing and direct you to your next stop.

Proof of Residency or County Waste Generation

The facilities are to be used for processing waste and recyclables generated in Frederick County only. Proof of residency is required, such as a driver's license or vehicle registration, or alternately, documentation from the Frederick County address where the waste was generated may be shown (such as a work contract, utility bill or rental lease.)

Site Access Hours

Monday - Saturday
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


All facilities at Reichs Ford Road are closed for the following holidays each year:
  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Weather-related Closings

For information during inclement weather call 301-600-1848. A recording that contains current information on any weather-related closings will be posted.


From Points North

  1. Take Interstate 70 East towards Baltimore.
  2. Take Exit 55 South Street.
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Reich's Ford Road.
  4. Proceed 3.5 miles, the facilities will be on your right.

From Points South

  1. Take 270 North to exit 32, Interstate 70 East towards Frederick.
  2. Take Exit 55 South Street and turn left at the bottom of the ramp.
  3. Proceed 3.5 miles, the facilities will be on your right.
For more information on the landfill and other Department of Solid Waste Management programs, please see our main webpage.