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Week of February 23, 2015: All County-provided recycling and trash collections this week will slide one day, due to snow.
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OPERATING STATUS: Recycling/trash collection - modified ∣ Transfer Station recycling/trash drop-offs - normal hours


What does my trash service include?

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

What is my collection schedule?

Acceptable household trash accumulated daily by each household will be collected 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.

    • If your trash is loose in the container, the container must weigh 45 pounds or less.
    • If your trash is in bags, each bag must weigh 45 pounds or less. You may put multiple bags into 1 container.
    • 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.
    • Don't use restraints on containers or lids which interfere with or hinder removal of trash from containers.
  2. Your set-out items must consist only of accumulated materials from normal housekeeping activities.

    • 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.
  3. Broken glass must be wrapped in paper to prevent injury to collectors.

  4. Occupants must confine any animals that may interfere with collectors.

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

How do I dispose of home repair debris?

You may set out up to 2 trash cans of home repair debris with your normal weekly household trash.

Place your home repair debris into cans for collection. (Nails and sharp edges cut through plastic bags, creating hazards for collection crews). Each can must weigh 45 pounds or less.

You do not need to place a bulk trash collection request for these 2 cans.

How do I dispose of appliances?

Appliances are picked up on your collection day through the County's scrap metal recycling program. There is no fee for this service. Scrap metal pickups must be scheduled in advance of your collection day. Schedule a scrap metal pickup.

What is the schedule on bad weather days?

If collection is suspended due to snow or severe weather, your trash will be picked up the next day or as soon as possible. Please leave your cans at the curb until collection occurs.

For collection status updates: