Drop-Off Center for Recyclable Materials

Facility Location & Entrance
The facilities at Reichs Ford Road accept much more than just bottles, cans, boxes, and jars. The Department of Solid Waste Management is located at 9031 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick. A recycling drop off center at this site is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This site accepts regular, single-stream household recyclables as well as an expanded array of recycling collection for materials that cannot be placed curbside.

By entering at the "Recycling Road" entrance (just before the main site entrance), you may bring in, for no fee, any of the recyclables accepted for curbside recycling as well as:
  • Bulky/Oversized Rigid Plastics: Lawn furniture, toys (such as outdoor play sets), coolers, 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.)
  • Flexible Foam: Foam carpet padding, foam couch cushions, foam-only mattresses. (Not Accepted: Jute/fiber carpet padding, Styrofoam™.)
  • 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, antifreeze, 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.
Main Facility Entrance
All transactions using the main facility entrance require presentation of a driver's license. The main entrance is used to drop off waste materials for disposal and the following items for recycling:
  • 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. Please note: We are unable to provide a certificate of destruction for secure data.
  • Acceptable Items Include:
    • Cables and cords
    • Cell phones
    • Circuit boards, chips, cards
    • Copiers and scanners
    • CPU towers
    • Digital cameras
    • Digital music players (ipods, etc.)
    • DVD and VCR players
    • Fax machines
    • Hard drives*
    • Keyboards and mice
    • Microwave ovens
    • Monitors
    • POS systems
    • Power supplies, computer batteries
    • Printers
    • Routers and modems
    • Stereos, cd and tape players, radios
    • Televisions
    • Video game controllers

Other Drop-Off Centers

As of July 1, 2011 there are no other recycling drop off centers provided by Frederick County Government. Such centers existed in the past to provide recycling for single family households, but as all such homes have been offered curbside service since January 2009, the drop off centers were a duplication of service. Closing these sites provides a cost savings of over $412,000 annually. Some municipalities have since begun operation of recycling drop-off sites; you may wish to inquire with your town office to see if local options exist.