Local Events

A listing of local information to help residents recycle more and waste less! Only events marked as "DSWM" (Dept. of Solid Waste Mgmt.)are programs of Frederick County Government. All others are community events. Know of an upcoming event that can help residents waste less or recycle more? Let us know! Send event info to ACreamer@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

DSWM Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

May 2020, Date To Be Determined
8am until 2pm (two additional hours have been added to extend this event)
8349 Reichs Ford Road, Frederick 21704 (Public Safety Training Facility)
This Frederick County Government program is offered to residents only (no commercial waste) and there is no charge to drop off items such as solvents, cleaners, fluorescent lights, pesticides, etc. Please visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/hazwaste for complete information- including the list of materials not collected at this event. 

To subscribe to automatic reminders for these biannual events, visit our homepage and click the blue link for "My Reminders."

How Recycling REALLY Works

Ever wondered how (or if) recycling REALLY works? Sign up for this free program to learn how what you do at home is part of a complex global industry. This crash course will cover: how to recycle effectively, what can (and can't) be recycled in Frederick County (and why), and describe the impact that “wish-cycling” of non-recyclable materials has on the program. We'll take a look at how recycling gets sorted, where it gets sold and what the future of the program might look like. Participants may bring in packaging or material samples they have questions about. Please note: this is an adult level program.

   ***  --Programs are free, but classroom space is limited so RSVP is requested!-- 
Please RSVP for any of these programs by using this link:

Tuesday, April 21, 10 - 11:30am, at Catoctin Creek Park Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd, Middletown
Saturday, May 9, 2 - 3:30pm, at C Burr Artz Library in the Community Room, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick 

SPECIAL CLASS! "PLASTICS 101" This session will focus only on the recycling (or lack) of this particularly complicated material. We'll take a deep dive into what plastics are, where they come from and what the future of plastics may look like. Plus we'll discuss ways to  reduce use - and waste - of plastics.
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 - 8pm
, at The Common Market CoOp, 5728 Buckeystown Pike
Registration for this session is organized via the Common Market website: https://www.commonmarket.ccop/classes-events/plastics-101 

Document Shredding Events

 - Shredded paper can not be processed in the mixed materials blue bin collection program. But, because shredded paper is the only material processed by these services, there is no need to SORT it, and it gets recycled!
These programs are not affiliated with Frederick County Government; please contact the event organizers for additional information.  -  Contact us to have your event listed here! 

AllShred Community Shred Events. For details and restrictions, please visit http://allshredmd.com/events:       

  • April 18, 2020, 9am - 12pm: hosted by Ameriprise Financial @ 7101 Guilford Drive, Frederick. Open to the public, up to 5 boxes per car.
  • April 18, 2020, 8am - 12pm: hosted by The Myers Team Re/Max Realty @ Clarksburg Village Center (Snowden Farm Parkway). Open to the public, 5 boxes per car.
  • April 25, 2020, 8am - 12pm: hosted by Thurmont Police Department & Wodsboro Bank @ 800 East Main Street, Thurmont. Up to 5 boxes per car. Donations of canned food being collected to benefit the Thurmont Food Bank.
  • April 25, 2020, 10am - 1pm: hosted by Urbana High School Band Boosters @ Urbana High, 3471 Campus Drive, Ijamsville. Fundraiser- $10 per box.
  • April 25, 2020, 10am - 1pm: hosted by Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce @ 52 Sauder Road. Open to the public, 5 boxes per car.
  • May 16, 2020, 9am - 2pm: hosted by Frederick County Bank @ 165A Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick. Open to the public, 5 boxes per car.
  • June 6, 2020, 9am - 12pm: hosted by The Town of Mount Airy @ 615 Center Street, Mt Airy. Open to the public, 5 boxes per car.
  • June 20, 2020, 9am - 12pm; hosted by Cambridge Farms HOA Office @ Champlaine Drive in Jefferson. Fundraiser for Valley Elementary PTA, $5 per box.
  • July 11, 2020, 9am - 12pm; hosted by The Town of Walkersville @ 21 West Frederick St., Walkersville. Open to the public, 5 boxes per car.

Electronics Recycling Event

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 3pm - 6pm @ The Common Market,  5728 Buckeystown Pike.

e-End and The Common Market CoOp will offer an electronics recycling drop-off event for no charge (except for monitors and televisions). Please see the event page for more info: https://www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events/electronic-recycling-at-the-common-market-2/

Family Consignment Sale Special Events

Seasonal consignment events offer great opportunities for sellers to "recycle" their still useable clothing, toys, furniture, baby gear and more, by making these items available to other families. And shopping consignment helps keep these items from being wasted. Consign and shop to save green, go green and waste less!



Kid's Closet  (Spring and fall events held at the Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick)

TotSwap (Spring and fall events held at the Frederick Fairgrounds.) http://totswap.net/shop/frederick-sale/

Community "Green" Events


Thurmont Green Fest

Saturday, April 4, 10am - 2pm, Thurmont Regional Library. Workshops, games, giveaways, tree plantings and info to learn about rain barrels, pollinators, recycling, solar & geothermal power, native plants, and much more! Family friendly event with lots of activities, food and music.


Middletown Green Expo

Saturday, April 25, 10am - 2pm, downtown Middletown

Emmitsburg Green Fest

Saturday, May 2, 10am - 2pm, Emmitsburg Community Park, 320 Mountaineers Way, Emmitsburg

Know of an upcoming event that can help residents recycle more and waste less?
 Let us know! Send event info to
ACreamer@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-7405.

Office of Recycling Staff...Out and About!
If you're interested in having a speaker or display for your event, club gathering or business meeting, call 301-600-7405 or find out more online.