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

DSWM Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Saturday, May 18, 8am - 12pm
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."

DSWM Home Composting Classes

Multiple dates, Department of Solid Waste Management, 9031 Reichs Ford Road, Frederick.
Fun, free classes to get your compost pile started - or improved! Classes are offered every spring; 2019 dates include:
   - Saturday , June 9, 12 - 2pm
   - Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 - 11:30am
   - Saturday, June 15, 2:30 - 4:30pm

Classes are free but registration is required. For more info, please visit our composting page.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Events 

Saturday, April 27, 10am - 2pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/2221389708137217/?active_tab=about
6040 New Design Road, Frederick

Residents are strongly encouraged to turn in their unused, unwanted or expired medications for safe, secure disposal. The following items may be dropped off during the event: prescription and over-the-counter medications, medical samples, pet medications, medicated ointments and lotions, syringes (must be kept separate from other materials). Participants may dispose of their medication in its original container and can remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

In addition to these single-day events, there are year-round drop-off locations located around Frederick County. Please see our Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

Document Shredding Events

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:    

  • Saturday, April 20, 8am - 12pm, at the Thurmont Police Dept.- 800 E Main St., Thurmont. Canned food donations collected.
  • Saturday, April 27, 10am -1pm, at Urbana High School- 3471 Campus Dr., Urbana. Fundraiser for the UHS Band Boosters, $10 per box donation.
  • Saturday, April 27, 9am - 12pm, at Ameriprise Financial- 7101 Guilford Dr #104, Frederick.
  • Saturday, May 4, 9am - 12pm, at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 4103 Prices Distillery Rd, Ijamsville. Donations collected to support sister church in Haiti.
  • Saturday, May 18, 9am - 12pm, at the Town of Mount Airy Office- 615 Center St., Mt. Airy.
  • Saturday, May 18, 10am - 1pm, at the Boonsboro Green Fest- Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive, Boonsboro
  • Saturday, June 8, 9am - 12pm, at the Town of Walkersville office- 21 W Frederick St., Walkersville. Limit 5 boxes per person.
  • Saturday, June 29, 9am - 12pm, at the Town of Emmitsburg office- 300A S Seton Ave. Emmitsburg residents only.

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

April 18-20. (Spring and fall events held.) Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick

Community "Green" Events


Middletown Green Expo & Coloring The Street Event

Saturday, April 27, 10am - 4pm, Main Street Middletown
The County Office of Recycling will host a display at this event and collect crayons for recycling. Free event featuring educational exhibits, local vendors and artists, live music, craft activities, food trucks, and more. Visit the Town website for more info.

Green Neighbor Festival

Saturday, May 12, 10am - 4pm. Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick.
The County Office of Recycling will host a display at this event and collect crayons for recycling. A wide array of "hard-to-recycle items" will be collected by event vendors. This free event features bike rides, stream clean-up, bluegill fish release, crafts and family activities, local vendors and artists, electric & hybrid vehicle displays, food trucks and live music. For more info visit: https://www.hood.edu/green-neighbor-festival

Boonsboro Green Fest

Saturday, May 18, 10am- 2pm, Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive, Boonsboro
An annual event by the town of Boonsboro to promote recycling and green initiatives. Special recycling events, music, food, crafts, vendors and kids activities. For more info, vist www.boonsborogreenfest.com.

Mother Earth News Fair

Saturday/Sunday, June 1-2, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick.
This is a national, traveling expo that features an array of workshops and lectures designed to foster sustainability and self-reliance. More than 150 workshops from leading authorities on organic gardening, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health. Vendors featuring sustainable products and services. Demonstrations ranging from hands-on seed saving to building mud houses to heritage breed livestock, an much more. https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/maryland/

Electronics Recycling Event

Tuesday, April 23, 3 - 6pm, The Common Market- 5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
Please see the event website for complete information: https://www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events/electronic-recycling-at-the-common-market/

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.