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recycling bin, paper cart, and trash canMonday, May 30, 2016, Memorial Day: No County-provided recycling or trash collections on May 30; all pickups this week slide by one day. Transfer Station drop-offs and offices closed on May 30.
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Congratulations to the recipients of our 17th Annual Recycling Achievement Recognition Awards!

Property managers: learn about our environmental resources and incentives, with a webinar series just for you!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 10:00 to 11:00 am - See webinar details and registration!

OPERATING STATUS: Recycling/trash collections - holiday schedule ∣ Transfer Station recycling/trash drop-offs - closed 5/30

Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Ware and Loose Fill Packaging

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Report a business using expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam-type) food containers or not recycling

The Montgomery County Council has enacted Council Bill 41-14. What does this bill do?

Expanded polystyrene (#6-PS) products, such as foam containers, bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, egg cartons, etc. are not recyclable in Montgomery County, Maryland. This legislation effectively bans the use and sale of this material in the County.

Who must comply with this law?

Where can food service establishments and retailers find a list of alternative food service ware products that are either recyclable or compostable?

We publish a list of vendors offering affordable recyclable or compostable food service ware products. The list will be reviewed and updated annually for at least 5 years.

How can I learn more about the requirements?

Attend one of our of educational webinars to learn more about how the law applies to food service establishments; County departments, agencies, contractors, or lessees; and retailers that use and/or sell expanded polystyrene food service ware and loose fill packaging.

We will post more dates shortly.

How can I dispose of remaining expanded polystyrene food service ware and loose fill packaging?

See our advice for disposing of expanded polystyrene products.

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