Residential Recycling

Frederick County Government provides biweekly recycling collection for residents of single family households. For more information on residential recycling, including what can and cannot be recycled, how to obtain a cart, and what to do in case of missed pickups, please visit Frederick County Recycling.

The County does not provide recycling service or trash collection for businesses - which includes multi-family housing units. These entities may contract for individual recycling service and can receive assistance from the County in doing so. For more information on business recycling opportunities, please visit Frederick County Business Recycling.

General Guidelines for Recycling

Carts need to be placed curbside by 6 a.m. on the designated collection day. There is no recycling collection on the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If your collection day falls on one of these holidays, or if your recycling pickup is canceled due to inclement weather, your collection will shift one day later than usual. Please listen to your local radio station or call the recycling office for weather related cancellations. Updates and helpful recycling information are also regularly posted online at the Office of Recycling's Facebook page.


A blue recycling bin or cart is required for service. Please call 301-600-2960 to request a recycling container. Three sizes of carts are available. Materials are not accepted in plastic bags.

Customer Service

Curbside collection and customer relations are provided by the County's contracted service provider, Ecology Services. Residents may call 301-600-2960 or send an email to recycling. For other issues or general inquiries regarding recycling, The Office of Recycling may be contacted at 301-600-2960 or by sending an email to recycling.

Other County Recycling & Solid Waste Disposal Programs

In addition to curbside recycling, Frederick County offers several other recycling programs available to all residents. Items that can be recycled include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Bulky rigid plastics
  • Electronics and computers
  • Foam padding
  • Large appliances
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Scrap metal
  • Tires
  • Used motor oil
  • Wood pallets
  • Yard waste

For more information on these programs, as well as all services, policies and information provided by the County Department of Solid Waste Management, please visit their website.

All County Disposal Programs & Policies

A free guidebook detailing all Frederick County recycling and solid waste programs and policies can be viewed or downloaded on the Frederick County Solid Waste Department's website. A printed copy may be requested by calling 301-600-1848.

Used Motor Oil, Antifreeze, & Tire Disposal

  • Motor Oil and AntifreezeCall 301-600-2960, or visit the County's website for more information on drop off sites that are available free of charge.
  • TiresThe City does not collect tires. They may be hauled to the Frederick County Landfill by the property owner or the owner's agent. Call 301-600-1848 or visit the County's website for further information.