Local Events

A listing of local information to help residents recycle more and waste less! Only events marked as "DSWR (Division  of Solid Waste and Recycling) are programs of Frederick County Government. All others listings are for are community events. Know of an upcoming event that can help residents waste less or recycle more? Let us know! Send event info to E-mail 

DSWR Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Saturday, June 12, 2021
8 am until 2 pm 
NEW LOCATION!: 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick 21703 (NYMEO Field/Keys Baseball stadium parking lot)
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

(DSWR online programs) 
Ever wondered how (or if) recycling REALLY works? Sign up for one of our free programs to learn how what you do at home is part of a complex global industry.

Recycling 101: Covers how to recycle effectively, what can (and can't) be recycled in Frederick County (and why), and describes the impact that “wish-cycling” of non-recyclable materials has on the program. Examines how recycling gets sorted, where it gets sold and what the future of the program might look like. Please note: this is an adult level program. April 6 session is closed. NEXT ONLINE SESSION TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

Plastics 101: Specifically covers this most complicated class of materials. An in-depth look at how is plastic sourced, how it is manufactured, and how all that relates to what you can - and can't - place in a blue bin. We'll investigate retail greenwashing and why not to get recycling information directly from the products you buy. We also discuss ways to reduce use of plastics, especially single-use disposable items. NEXT ONLINE SESSION: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. To be held via Facebook Live; details on how to attend, please visit https://frederick.librarycalendar.com/events/virtual-program-primer-plastics

 - Contact our office if your organization would like to host an online class!  

Compost Happens!
(DSWR Program)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
6:30pm ONLINE class
Did you know that the average American household wastes about a third of the food it purchases every year? In partnership with The Common Market, we’ll be offering a two-part series that examines ways to put your trash can on a diet: in May we’ll learn about the benefits of composting and in June we’ll look at how to prevent food waste altogether. Composting is an easy DIY activity that makes a big impact on resource conservation in your local community, AND, helps reduce methane and carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.  We’ll show you how simple it is to compost at home, whether you live on a tiny urban lot or in the rural wide open.  We’ll answer all your questions, offer tips for success, and ensure you can compost with confidence!
Registration is required to receive a link to attend this online class. Register at: https://www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events/compost-happens-online-free-rsvp/

Eat More AND Reduce Your Waste-line
(DSWR Program)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
6:30pm ONLINE class

The second class in our two-part series on reducing food waste, hosted by The Common Market. According to research conducted by Penn State, the average household disposes 31.9% of its food. With an annual cost of around $1,866 per family, that’s $240 billion thrown away in America each year. Plus, landfilling food costs a community money, wastes an immense amount of natural resources, and releases emissions that contribute to climate change. Annmarie Creamer from the Frederick County Division of Solid Waste and Recycling will lead an online conversation about ways you can reduce your household’s impact. From hip apps, to simple meal plans, there are tools to help you use, not lose, your food. We’ll discuss kitchen tricks and shopping tips that are good for the environment – and your budget.
Registration is required to receive a link to attend this online class. Register at:

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:       

  • May 15, 2021, 9am - 1pm: hosted by Bach Real Estate @ 5340 Spectrum Drive, Frederick. Open to the public. 
  • June 12, 2021, 8am - 12pm: hosted by the Town of Mt. Airy @ Watkins Park. Open to the public. 
  • June 26, 2021, 8am - 12pm: hosted by Thurmont Police Department @ 800 E Main Street, Thurmont. Open to the public. Bring canned food donations for the Thurmont Food Bank. 
  • June 26, 2021, 8am - 12pm: hosted by the Cambridge Farms HOA @ Champlaine Drive in Jefferson. $5 per box donation for Valley Elementary School being collected.
  • July 17, 2021, 8 am - 12pm, hosted by Ken Grant ReMax Realty @ 3409B Urbana Pike, Urbana, open to the public with 3-5 box limit
  • July 24, 2021, 10am - 2pm: hosted by Carroll Manor Fire Company @ 1809 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks. Open to the public. Monetary donations accepted for fire company fund raiser.
  • September 18, 2021, 9am - 12pm, hosted by ReMax Results Realty @ the pavilion in the Emerald Farms Community, open to the public.

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 Consignment Event 
(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/

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

Office of Recycling Staff...Out and About!
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