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What does my Montgomery County-provided trash service include?

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If you receive trash collection from Montgomery County, your service includes

  • once-a-week, curbside collection of acceptable household trash accumulated daily by each household.
  • 5 bulk trash collections per calendar year. See bulk trash collection details.

What is my collection schedule?

We collect acceptable household trash once a week from the curb. Look up your trash collection day.

Adjustments to the collection schedule are made for nine holidays each year. The schedule is adjusted only if the actual (not the observed) holiday falls on a collection day. See the holiday schedule.

How do I set out my trash items?

  1. All trash must be placed at the curb in proper containers by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

    • All items for collection must be placed directly at the curb, or unobstructed on your property, within 10 feet of the curb.
    • Don't place containers at the curb more than 1 day before your collection day; remove them within 24 hours after collection.
    • Don't block traffic, sidewalks, or mailboxes with containers.
    • Don't keep containers on the County right-of-way between collections.
    • Avoid restraints, like bungee cords, on containers or lids which interfere with removing trash from containers.

  2. Your set-out items must consist only of accumulated materials from normal housekeeping activities.

  3. If you have more than 5 bags of trash for 1 collection day, and/or you have large, bulky items to dispose, schedule a bulk collection.

  4. Wrap broken glass in paper to prevent injury to collectors.

  5. Residents must confine any animals that may interfere with collectors.

  6. No containers, bundles, or materials may be placed in a hazardous location for collection.

How do I dispose of home repair debris?

See home repair and building material disposal details.

How do I dispose of appliances?

Appliances are picked up on your collection day through the County's scrap metal recycling program. See scrap metal recycling details.

What is the schedule on bad weather days?

If collection is suspended due to snow or severe weather, your trash will be picked up as soon as conditions permit. Please leave your items at the curb until collection occurs.

For collection status updates:

  • Check our Division of Solid Waste Services website. We post schedule change announcements in the the header of every page on our site.
  • Check our Facebook or Twitter accounts.
  • Sign up for email or text message updates about holiday and weather-related collection status.
  • Call Montgomery County's Customer Service Center at 311 (or 240-777-0311).
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