Materials Accepted, Fees & Payment Options

  • ONLY WASTE GENERATED WITHIN FREDERICK COUNTY IS ACCEPTED. (No materials can be brought in from neighboring jurisdictions, even if the individual hauling the material is a Frederick County resident or contractor.) All transactions require presentation of driver's license; if the license does not show a Frederick County address, documentation of the Frederick County address where the waste was generated is required (such as a work contract, utility bill, lease agreement or tax bill.)
  • Our facility processes solid waste only, no liquid materials of any kind. (If liquids can be mixed with a sufficient quantity of a drying agent or material such as shredded paper, mulch, rags, sawdust, etc., they may be able to be processed as solid waste.) 
  • This facility only accepts waste generated in Frederick County Maryland, no out-of-county materials.
  • The majority of waste brought to our facility is transferred out of county or out of state for disposal/processing. To fund these activities and all solid waste management programs, a tipping fee is charged as described below. 

Residential Fees   

  • The chart below shows all fees charged to residents bringing in waste materials for processing.
  • Each disposal transaction incurs a tipping fee. Incoming vehicles are weighed as they enter, then weighed again before exiting, to correctly assess any tipping/disposal/recycling fees charged by weight. Charges are assessed in twenty pound increments.
  • Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check and credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa), money order or certified check. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Treasurer of Frederick County.
Waste Category Discounted Tipping Fee for Cash/Check Payments Standard Tipping Fee for Credit Card Payments
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
(general household trash, furniture, junk, etc. Please see additional notes below for mattresses* and tires**.)
$0.69 per 20 pounds
($69 per ton)
$0.76 per 20 pounds
($76 per ton)
Construction and Demolition Debris
(drywall, lumber, pallets, bricks, dirt, stone, etc. Any mixed waste loads containing C & D debris will be charged at this rate.)
$0.78 per 20 pounds
($78 per ton)

$0.85 per 20 pounds
($85 per ton)


Electronics Recycling
(visit e-cycling page for full list of accepted materials)
$0.69 per 20 pounds
($69 per ton)


$0.76 per 20 pounds
($76 per ton)


Yard Trimmings
(Visit the yard waste page for list of materials accepted and rules)
No fee No fee
Recycling
Items Accepted at the Recycling Drop-Off Center include bottles & jars, cans, boxes, paper, scrap metal, large appliances, motor oil and filters, antifreeze, lead-acid batteries, yard waste, and carpet padding.
No fee No fee
 


Commercial Tipping Fees

  • The chart below shows fees charged to businesses, organizations and commercial haulers bringing in waste materials for processing.
  • Businesses must pay-as-they-go or apply to open a billable account (see "Monthly Bill" section below.)  
  • All commercial customers without an existing account must pay for all transactions at time of service. (For information on opening an account, please visit the billable accounts page for our department.) 

Waste Category Discounted Tipping Fee for Cash/Check Payments Tipping Fee for Credit Card Payments
Municipal Solid Waste $69 per ton
($0.69 per 20 pounds)
$76 per ton
($0.76 per 20 pounds)
Construction and Demolition Debris
(Any mixed loads containing C & D debris will be charged at this rate.)
$78 per ton
($0.78 per 20 pounds)
$85 per ton
($0.85 per 20 pounds)
Single-Stream Recyclables
(
View a list of acceptable items)
$25 per ton $25 per ton
Electronics Recycling
(visit e-cycling page for full list of accepted materials)
$69 per ton
($0.69 per 20 pounds)
$76 per ton
($0.76 per 20 pounds)
Yard Trimmings
no fee no fee
Tires
$160 per ton $160 per ton
Mattresses/Box Springs
$28 per piece fee, in addition to standard tipping fee of 
$69 per ton
($0.69 per 20 pounds)

$28 per piece fee, in addition to standard tipping fee of 
$0.76 per 20 pounds
($76 per ton)

Special Fees/Rates and Regulations:
  

*Mattresses & Box Springs

  • A household may dispose of up to 6 units (mattresses & box springs) per year charged at the regular residential MSW disposal tipping fee.
  • Residents disposing of additional mattresses and box springs will be charged the commercial rate of $28 each.
  • If a resident hires someone to haul their mattresses to our facility, because the material is being brought in by a business, it will be processed at the commercial rate. 

**Tires

  • No industrial or earth-moving tires accepted.
  • Per the Maryland Department of the Environment, no more than 5 tires per year per resident/business may be accepted without a Scrap Tire Haulers License.
  • Tires greater than 33” are charged at the commercial rate of $160 per ton.
  • Residents who have reached their 5 per year limit and have obtained a Scrap Tire Haulers License are allowed to dispose of additional tires at the commercial rate of $160 per ton.
  • View more information on tire disposal.

Other Fees
Occasionally customers are assessed special fees in addition to the normal applicable Landfill fees.
  • Scrap Tire Handling Fee - $25 per tire
    • This fee is assessed when customers violate the Scrap Tire Disposal Policy, causing Department of Solid Waste Management employees to remove tires from the Landfill working face or Citizens Drop-Off Center.
  • Unsecured Load Fine - $100
    • All loads must be covered or secured so that materials cannot blow, spill, or fall from the vehicle. Noncompliance can result in a $100 fine. (Frederick County Code of Ordinances § 1-11-39)
  • Overweight Vehicle Fine - $1.00 per 20 lbs
    • Vehicles exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) by more than 1,000 pounds will be fined $1 over the GVW and 1,000 pounds allowance. Employees reserve the right to contact the Sheriff's Department in the case of extremely overweight vehicles. (Resolution 94-26) Payment Options 

Monthly Bill/Billable Accounts

Division of Solid Waste and Recycling account holders must maintain a minimum per-month charge average of $70 over a 12 month period. Payments are due upon receipt of invoice. At the end of each month, a 1% interest charge is assessed on any unpaid balances. 
Account payments may be mailed or delivered to:
Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management
4520 Metropolitan Court
Frederick, MD 21704 


System Benefit Charge (SBC)


Residents and businesses in Frederick County are assessed a System Benefit Charge on their annual local tax bill. The purpose of the charge is to pay a portion of the reasonably anticipated capital costs and operating costs for the disposal of solid waste and management of Frederick County's recycling programs. 

More information on the System Benefit Charge is available online or by calling 301-600-6000.