Department of Solid Waste Management COVID-19 Updates

Facilities Restricted to Essential Use ONLY

Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020 the facilities at 9031 Reichs Ford Road in Frederick, will be closed for all nonessential transactions.  This action is being taken due to the State of Emergency and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order #20-03-30-01.

Until further notice, only three categories of essential transactions are permitted to continue.
Access to our facility for any other waste and recycling services is prohibited. Essential transactions are defined as:

  1. Processing of waste and recycling collected by commercial haulers.
  2. Waste coming from businesses allowed to continue operations during the State of Emergency (as defined in Maryland Executive Order #20-03-23-01).
  3. Disposal of putrescible materials from residences that do not have at-home collection of waste and have made advanced disposal arrangements with the department.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • The Citizens' Convenience Center and recycling drop off area are closed until further notice.
  • All transactions must be paid by credit card or check; no cash payments will be processed.
  • Households that have historically self-hauled their perishable materials to the DSWM facility as their sole means of waste disposal will be permitted to access the facility. In order to do so,  these residents will first need to obtain a temporary Residential Essential Waste permit, by calling 301-600-1035.
  • Residents without an established residential municipal solid waste transaction history AND a temporary permit will not be able to enter the facility.
  • At this time, no resident should bring nonessential materials for processing, such as household project cleanups, mattresses, electronics, yard waste or recycling.
  • Questions can be directed by email to or by calling 301-600-1848.

These restrictions are being implemented to align use of facility with state law. The public’s understanding and compliance with these measures is necessary to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community. Additionally, these service curtailments help the DSWM make adjustments to its workforce and ensure the continuity of the necessary waste disposal services needed to protect public health during this emergency.

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