Trash & Recycling

Trash Collection & Recycling Services

Trash Collection and recycling services are performed by Bates Disposal and Recycling (301-773-2069). Trash collection is every Monday and Thursday except some holidays.  Recycling is single stream recycling and is picked up every Wednesday, except some holidays.  Yard waste collection is every Wednesday. All items must be placed curbside by 7 am on the scheduled pick up day.

Pick up schedules may need to be adjusted due to Holidays observed by the trash provider.  Those changes will be announced here:
Holiday Schedule:  

Monday May 29, 2023  NO TRASH SERVICE

Wednesday May 31, 2023  NO RECYCLING OR YARD WASTE 

Thursday June 1, 2023  TRASH WILL BE COLLECTED


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Each owner, occupant or other responsible person shall provide metal, durable rubber or durable plastic refuse containers.  The refuse containers shall be strong, durable and rodent, bird, and insect proof.  Furthermore, except for containers which may be handled mechanically, the combined weight of any refuse container and its contents shall not exceed 60 pounds.  Within 12 hours after these containers have been emptied they shall be removed by the owner away from the street line until the next scheduled collection.  Trash will  not be collected if placed in a recycling container.

Bates provides specific recycling containers that are clearly defined as recycling containers and must be used for recycling collection.  Recycling materials will not be collected if placed in plastic bags as these are not recyclable.

All trash and recyclables are to be collected before 3 PM.  If a Holiday falls on a regular collection day, the collection shall take place on the following weekday that is not a holiday.  Trash cans and recycling totes are to be placed upright and not obstruct the sidewalk or driveway.  A clear explanatory notice is to be left with material which is not collected.  Town hall should be notified in the event the preceding does not occur.

Each address is allowed one FREE Bulk Waste Collection of up to three items (i.e. mattresses and box springs, furniture, rugs) per quarter. 
Click here  or call 1-800-840-6454 to schedule bulk pick ups.

Special Collections – Major appliances, fixtures, hot water heaters  – you must call Bates directly and there is a charge for these items.

We currently do single stream recycling, which simply means all recycling items go in one container.

The following items are not accepted:
Asbestos, Poisons, acids, caustics,
Toilets and sinks
Ashes & Coal, Sawdust, dirt or mulch
Automotive parts, tires, oil, & liquids
Oil based or latex paints
building materials, drywall, concrete, bricks Mirrors, glass or windows
dead animals / animal carcasses,  medical waste
electronics & batteries
fire extinguishers & gas cylinders, pipes or sheet metal
fluorescent bulbs wood, lumber, pallets


Recyclables include:

Not Accepted

The following is not accepted:

  • Any item that has a significant amount of food residue on it
  • Aerosol cans from hazardous products
  • Any containers that held automotive products or hazardous materials
  • Glass other than clear, brown or green, mirrors and window glass
  • Plastic bags, film or wrap
  • Non-bottle items from any type of #6 plastic
  • Carbon paper, leather bound books
  • Napkins, Paper Towels, Tissues

Yard Waste

  • Yard waste includes anything that grows naturally or falls from a tree
  • Placed in either yard waste bags or a re-usable labeled container, not exceeding 45 lbs
  • Branches less than 4 inches in diameter must be bundled in twine, bundles cannot be longer than 4 feet and 30 inches in diameter
  • Christmas trees will be picked up every Wednesday in January
  • No rocks, dirt, mulch, sawdust, sod, root balls, tree stumps or lumber accepted

County Beautification Center 240-777-7623

The Beauty spot is operated by Montgomery County.  It is located at 19200 Jerusalem Road.  

For those who have a need for more than one bulky pick up per quarter and have the ability to transport items they can be taken to the Beauty spot. Hours and items accepted can be found on their website.

 Don’t Throw It Out, Donate It 

The Friendly Thrift Shop located at 17710 Elgin Road accepts donations of clothing and small household appliances.  Other charitable organizations like Salvation Army, Purple Heart and Value Village will accept various items from clothing and furniture to automobiles.

Shady Grove Transfer Station

The transfer station is another options for those who are able to transport items.  Information can be found at their website as to hours and items accepted.

Household Hazardous Waste

The county schedules dates, at various locations can be found on the link below: