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, November 13, 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.

All Things Recycling: A LIVE Q& A!
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 6pm ONLINE
Have household recycling arguments? Ever wondered why that strawberry carton can't be recycled? Do you know what to do with shredded paper? Are you aware that a lot more than just  grocery store bags can go back to those store collection bins? DSWR expert Annmarie Creamer will answer all your questions! Log in for this live event hosted by The Common Market to demystify recycling:

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. The last online session was recorded and can be viewed on the Frederick County Public Libraries YouTube page: https://youtu.be/t2AiEoSCUQA

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

Compost Happens!
(DSWR Program)

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Did you know that the average American household wastes about a third of the food it purchases every year? 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 three top tips for success, and ensure you can compost with confidence!

Hosted online by our friends at The Common Market Coop, registration is required to receive a link to attend this online class. Register at: https://www.commonmarket.coop/classes-events/compost-happens-free-online-rsvp/

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:       

  • September 18, 2021, 9am - 12pm, hosted by ReMax Results Realty @ the pavilion in the Emerald Farms Community, open to the public.
  • September 25, 2021, 8am - 5pm, hosted by the Thurmont Police Department and Woodsboro Bank. Open to the public, accepting canned food donations to benefit the Thurmont Food Bank. 800 East Main Street, Thurmont.
  • October 2, 2021, 9am - 12pm, hosted by Air Doctor Heating  and Air Conditioning, open to the public. 600 South Market Street, Frederick.
  • October 16, 2021, 8am - 12pm, hosted by Middletown Valley Bank, open to the public. 803 East Main Street, Middletown

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!
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.