Drop-off Hours and Events for Recyclables and Trash

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Shady Grove Transfer Station

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020 we will stop accepting cash and checks at the Shady Grove Transfer Station Scale House. We will continue to accept credit cards and corporate accounts.

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 the hours for the Shady Grove Transfer Station are:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. DAILY - Recycling Center & Public Unloading Facility Scale House (355 entrance)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday - Trash and municipal solid waste Scale House (Shady Grove Road entrance) 

Avoid non-essential visits to the Shady Grove Transfer Station.

  • DO NOT bring any waste that does not require immediate disposal
  • DO NOT bring any other waste such as construction debris or large amounts of trash from cleaning your house or property (e.g. spring cleaning)
  • You may drop off regular household trash if you DO NOT have County-provided or private trash collection
  • Use your County-provided or private collector to bring us your trash and recycling
  • Wait until State restrictions are lifted to bring us your trash and recycling

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us through 311 (311 in the County or 240-777-0311).

News and Updates

Safety Tips Sheets
We are dedicated to safety at the Shady Grove Transfer Station. Download safety rules for use of the Public Unloading Facility (PUF) and the Upper Lot, the grinding operation, and the tipping floor.

Transporting materials
You must bring your materials to the Transfer Station by car, truck, van or similar vehicle. Walking or riding bicycles, motorcycles, or electric scooters are prohibited at the Transfer Station.

Mulch preserves are closed for the season, effective October 31, 2019. This includes the Shady Grove Transfer Station and E.E. Halmos Park.

We now accept credit cards for tipping fees.
All major credit cards are accepted including debit cards, American Express, and Apple Pay. See more payment and fee information.

HOA Bulk Collection Drop-offs
The Transfer Station will permit Homeowner’s Associations within Montgomery County to drop off two (2) bulk collections free of charge each calendar year, with permission from Transfer Station management. Review the drop-off procedures.

Shingles and Other Roofing Materials
Shingles and other roofing materials are not accepted for disposal on Saturdays. For more information including alternate disposal facilites, please view or download the Shingle & Other Roofing Material Disposal Flyer.

The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station is located at

16101 Frederick Road
Derwood MD 20855
Phone: 311 (or 240-777-0311)

Transfer Station Hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. DAILY - Recycling Center & Public Unloading Facility Scale House (355 entrance)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday - Trash and municipal solid waste Scale House (Shady Grove Road entrance) 

Bring proof of Montgomery County residency or evidence that waste was generated in Montgomery County. This is required, and we may ask for it at any time.

All loads must be covered.

Material drop-off locations - site map

Poolesville Beauty Spot

The Poolesville Beauty Spot is located in the Poolesville Highway Maintenance Depot:

19200 Jerusalem Road
Poolesville MD 20837
Phone: 311 (or 240-777-0311)

All loads must be covered.

Beauty Spot hours are:
  • Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday through Friday: closed

See holiday schedules for the Beauty Spot

We accept loads of bulk trash up to 499 pounds at the Beauty Spot.  See examples of bulk trash items.

The Beauty Spot does not accept:

May you take materials from the Transfer Station, Recycling Center, or Beauty Spot?

Sorry, under the Code of Maryland Regulations 26.04.07.03(7), you may not scavenge or salvage items from our facilities.