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

Next Date To Be Determined
8am until 2pm 
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 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. 

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.

Online class dates to be announced soon!
Contact our office if your organization would like to host an online class!  

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 17, 2021, 8am - 1pm: hosted by Urbana High School Band Boosterss @ 3471 Campus Drive in Ijamsville. Open to the public. $10 per box of documents- fundraiser.
  • April 24, 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.
  • April 24, 2021, 9am - 12pm: hosted by Middletown Valley Bank @ 803 E Main Street, Middletown. Open to the public. 
  • April 30, 2021, 12pm - 5pm: hosted by McCaskill Financial @ 220 West Patrick Street, Frederick. Open to the public. 
  • May 1, 2021, 8am - 12pm: hosted by St. Ignatius of Loyola Church @ 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville. Open to the public. Monetary donations accepted for sister church in Haiti. 
  • May 1, 2021, 10am - 1pm: hosted by Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce @ 52 Souder Road, Brunswick.  Open to the public. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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/

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.