COUNTY TRASH COLLECTION AND RECYCLING
INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOME IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Montgomery County is responsible for the collection
of trash from 85,000 homes. This service is provided through contracts
with independent trash collection companies. All other single-family
and town homes in the County have trash collection through private
subscriptions directly with the trash haulers. This private service
is arranged either directly between residents and hauling companies,
or through homeowners' associations.
County trash collection occurs primarily in the southern part
of the County. This service is provided to single-family dwellings
and multi-family dwellings with six or less units. Individually-owned
townhouses are classified as single-family units. Residential
properties receiving County trash collection service are billed
an annual service charge.
Acceptable household trash accumulated daily by each household
will be collected once a week from the curb.
Adjustments to the collection schedule are made for six holidays
each year. Note that the schedule is adjusted only if the actual
(not the observed) holiday falls on a collection day.
What to set out and when
All trash must be placed at the curb in proper containers by 7:00
a.m. on your collection day. Containers must not be kept on the
County right-of-way between collections. No restraints will be
used on containers or lids which interfere with or hinder removal
of trash from containers. Your set out items must consist only
of accumulated materials from normal housekeeping activities.
If collection is suspended due to snow or severe weather, your
trash will be picked up the next day or as soon as possible.
Call 240-777-6410 or 240-777-6411 for information on collection
status. There will be a recorded message on these lines. Please
leave your cans at the curb until collection occurs.
Containers to use
All containers for the storage of trash or garbage must be rigid
containers of metal or plastic, having tight-fitting, overlapping
lids, with a capacity of not less than fifteen (15) and not exceeding
thirty-two (32) gallons. No responsibility can be assumed by the
County or Contractors for damages to plastic containers.
Disposable plastic liners, if used, must be made of heavy, waterproof
paper or plastic and must not exceed thirty-two (32) gallons in
capacity. Such container liners must be kept in approved containers
when storing trash between collections. In other words, don't
leave your items out in plastic bags alone -- crows, squirrels
and other critters love to get into their contents and would have
Uncontained piles of trash, garbage, and overflowing containers
cannot be collected. Containers which have ragged, sharp edges
or other defects liable to hamper or injure collectors must be
RECYCLING RESOURCES FOR YOUR HOME IN MONTGOMERY
Responsible management of solid waste is a critical effort to
mitigate the potential impacts of waste generation, handling,
transport and disposal on air, surface and groundwater quality.
To this end, the County planned, developed, operates and maintains
a rail-line supported transfer station, and waste-to-energy, composting
and recycling facilities.
In 1990, the County made source reduction a priority by placing
it at the top of the solid waste management hierarchy, stating
that all waste reduction measures within the Countys power
should be implemented. This policy was formally adopted in an
amendment to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan in
July 1990. In December 1992, County Resolution 12-945 established
a zero percent annual growth in solid waste disposal per household
and per employee.
Resolution 12-945 also formally established an interim goal to
recycle 35 percent of all waste generated by 1995, and to recycle
50 percent of all waste by 2000. In 1993, Executive Regulation
109-92 further required all multi-family properties and all businesses,
organizations and government facilities to recycle.
The County manages contracts for recycling collection on behalf
of single-family households and provides education, outreach and
technical assistance on recycling, waste reduction and buying
recycled goods to residents of single-family and multi-family
households, as well as to business owners, mangers and employees.
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
What will be accepted at a collection
Note: If you have over 15 gallons
of liquid or 75 pounds of solid wastes, please call the Division
of Solid Waste Services at 240-777-6400 so that special arrangements
may be made to receive your waste.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites CANNOT accept: