Waste Management (Including Recycling)

Services Provided
The Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) is responsible for multiple services and programs in Frederick County that affect all households and businesses. This does not include trash collection services, which are provided by municipalities or private haulers and contracted by municipal governments, homeowner's associations, or individual residents.

DSWM responsibilities include:
  • Management of the currently operating solid sanitary landfill (site B) as well as monitoring and managing the closed landfill (site A)
  • Management and contractor over sight for the county's curbside recycling program
  • Operation of a recycling drop-off center
  • Operation of 2 county-owned yard waste recycling centers
  • Coordination of 6 waste-oil recycling centers
  • Organization of twice-yearly Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off events
  • Educational outreach services for all of the previously listed programs
For detailed information on DSWM programs and services, please use the links at the left or download the residential guidebook.

Residents' Guide to Waste Management
For a convenient, condensed, resource to the Department of Solid Waste Management's programs, facilities and policies, please view, download, or print our residential guidebook.

The residents' guide includes information on the landfill, recycling programs, hazardous waste disposal, hours and fees and much, much more.

The latest print edition of this guidebook was produced in May 2012. Information is subject to change.

Waste & Recycling Info On-The-Go!
Download our free app for smartphones and tablets to access a wide range of disposal and recycling information, Department contacts, and even receive recycling reminders or report curbside problems. Visit My Waste