Trash collection and recycling
By Ariel Winter
Trash collection may seem simple at first glance, but, in fact, the County
has lots of rules for what may be thrown away, how, and when. Following these
rules is important for keeping your property tidy, maintaining the character of
our neighborhood, and preserving the environment. Here is some important
information for both new and long-time residents:
- Regular trash collection in Kemp Mill is on Monday mornings. If one of
seven holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Memorial Day,
Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) falls on Monday,
the trash is picked up on Tuesday instead. Click here to find out the dates
of trash collection holidays:
- Residents are required to remove their garbage cans from the curb after
their trash is collected. If you are aware of a resident who is not doing
this, you may call the County at 240-777-6410 and ask them to speak to the
- The following items should be rinsed out and placed in your blue
recycling bin: aluminum foil, aluminum/steel/tin cans, glass bottles and
jars, and plastic bottles with necks (such as juice bottles. Other plastic
items—such as yogurt and fruit containers and caps from plastic bottles—are
not accepted for recycling and should be thrown away with the rest of your
- Paper, newspaper, cardboard, and junk mail should be placed in your blue
cart (but cardboard milk cartons must be thrown away with your regular
- Yard trim (such as grass and leaves) may be placed in large paper yard
trim bags or a trash can with a green yard trim label on it. You can pick up
yard trim labels at County libraries or order them by calling 240-777-6410.
- Brush may also be tied into bundles up to 30 inches in diameter. Each
branch should not be longer than 4 feet or thicker than 4 inches.
- The County has a scrap metal recycling program for items such as
bicycles, appliances, and grills.
- The County will also pick up other bulk trash (such as mattresses, rugs,
large toys, and furniture) up to five times per year per home.
- You must schedule a bulk trash or scrap metal pickup either online at
or by calling 240-777-6410 by 11:00 am on Friday for pickup the following
- The County will not pick up old tires, computers, monitors, and
televisions. Instead, they must be brought to the Shady Grove Solid Waste
Transfer Station on 16101 Frederick Road. For hours and directions, go to
or call 240-777-6410.
- Because compact fluorescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain
small amounts of mercury, they (and other household hazardous waste) must be
brought to the Shady Grove Solid Waste Transfer Station or to a satellite
collection event. Regular bulbs can be placed in your regular trash.
For more information, go to
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 240-777-6410. You can
sign up on the website for emails to notify you of trash collection holidays and
hazardous waste satellite collections.
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