Carts & Bins for Collecting Recyclables

PLEASE NOTE: During Maryland's State of Emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our office will be closed to the public. The only way to get a recycling cart is to order one for delivery (carts cannot be picked up in person). Thank you!

Single-family households in Frederick County may request to receive one recycling cart (or two small  hand-held recycling bins) free of charge. This includes homes occupied by rental tenants, town homes and households in HOA-controlled communities. Residential recycling is a County service, carts are owned by the County and are assigned to an address, not to the occupants.

Use the links further down on this page to:
- request a cart (or bin) if you don't have one,
- report a missing recycling cart,
- exchange a recycling cart or hand-held bin for a different size collection container,
- or to request a repair or replacement of a damaged cart.

Sizes of Wheeled Carts

There are three different sizes of recycling carts; all are bright blue with a black lid and wheels. TIP: To tell what size recycling cart you currently have, check the serial number imprinted in white on the front. The first two numbers indicate what size the cart is: either 35, 65 or 95, showing how many gallons of material your cart will hold.  cart numbers 2

The dimensions of the County's wheeled recycling carts are:

  • 95-gallon cart: Height: 45.13", Width: 28.70", Depth: 33.73" 
  • 65-gallon cart: Height: 40.58", Width: 26.70", Depth: 28.11"
  • 35-gallon cart: Height: 39.13", Width: 20.20", Depth: 22.98"

18-Gallon Hand-Held Bins

Households that do not wish to use a wheeled recycling cart may request to receive one or two small 18-gallon open bins instead, at no charge. (Use the links below to place an order.)

If you have a recycling cart and would like a small bin in addition, they may be purchased for $7.25 each. Please mail a check (made payable to Treasurer of Frederick County) to the Division of Solid Waste & Recycling, 9031 Reichs Ford Road, Frederick, MD, 21704 and your bin will be delivered on an upcoming recycling day.

Or, please call 301-600-2960 or send email to for more information.

Before using the links below to place an order, please note:

  • CART ORDERS FOR NEW HOMES (built in the past 12 months): Carts for newly built homes are ONLY delivered on a street's first recycling collection day in each month. If your request comes in on or after that day, you will not receive a cart until the FOLLOWING month. This means it can take several weeks to receive a new home's recycling cart. You do not need to call to follow up on the order, simply use the link below to request a cart and your service will start within a month.
  • Do you need to up-size? Even avid recyclers may be wasting space in their cart on materials that are not really recyclable (like cups, produce bins and takeout containers). Before you up-size, please take a moment to view the accepted items list.
  • Is your cart missing? Please wait a day or two before requesting a replacement. We find that in most cases, carts reappear, OR, another abandoned cart is left out on the street nearby and can be adopted.

Use the links below to place online cart requests, or call our office at 301-600-2960.

These requests are for single-family residential addresses only. Frederick County Government does not provide waste collection (recycling or trash) for commercial properties/apartments/multi-family properties.

If you are a tenant or owner of a multi-family property, please visit:
If your business would like information on recycling options, please visit

Obtaining an Additional Cart

Frederick County's recycling cart inventory provides one cart per household, free of charge. If you would like to obtain an additional recycling cart, you may do so by paying a one-time, fully refundable fee. Utilize the extra cart for as long as is needed, and when you no longer need it, you can return it for a full refund.

To request an additional cart, please print the cart lease form, complete the required information, and mail it back to our office along with a check for your leased cart fee. (Fees are: $41 for a 35-gallon cart, $48 for a 65-gallon cart and $53 for a 95-gallon cart.) Your additional cart will be delivered after your check is processed and you will receive a copy of your cart lease agreement. For more information, please call 301-600-2960 or send email to

Rules for Cart Use

 Recycling carts are the property of Frederick County Government. Do not make permanent markings or alterations.

  • Carts are assigned to an address, not a person. If you move, leave the cart behind, at its assigned address.
  • Carts should be placed at the street by 6am of your collection day, placed within 6 feet of the street.
  • Each household is entitled to one cart for no charge.