Charles County, Maryland

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling


A family of four can easily keep more than a ton of material out of our landfill every year by recycling. You really can make a difference!

Curbside collection is available in most Charles County neighborhoods with expansions occurring as often as possible. If you don't find your street in our Day of Service Search, please call to determine availability. Due to construction and other factors, it is possible that not all streets located within a listed neighborhood/area receive curbside collection.

Curbside recycling service of your single stream recycling is provided year-round.  A separate truck collects Yard Waste, April through December.  All recyclables should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. to ensure pick-up. If your collection day falls on a major holiday, you will receive service the following day.

For safety reasons, contractor employees are not permitted to physically cross the street while servicing containers. Therefore, recycling materials are serviced from the passenger side of the collection vehicle only. If a collection vehicle becomes full, it may be necessary to leave an area to empty its contents prior to completing a route.

Please note: Curbside trash service is currently contracted on an individual basis in Charles County; residents contact a refuse hauler of their choice. If you belong to a homeowners' association, trash service may be included in your fees.

Charles County's curbside recycling collection program accepts the following items:

Single Stream Materials Accepted Curbside
Every-Other-Week • Year-Round

  • Aluminum and Tin Cans
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs (lids and labels are fine)
  • Newspapers, White Papers, Magazines, Glossy Inserts, Telephone Books, and Flattened Cardboard. (Flattened cardboard must be no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet.)  

All items can be mixed together. Overflow should be placed in large CLEAR plastic bags.  

Items not accepted include: formed boxes, Styrofoam, plastic bags, toys, diapers, light bulbs, ceramics, electronics, and trash. Contaminated oil and antifreeze containers are not recyclable.  No black or white trash bags (Driver must be able to verify contents of bag is recyclable). Recycling will not be collected from recycling bins. 

    Yard Waste Materials Accepted Curbside
    Weekly • April through December

    • Grass, leaves, bundled brush and branches

    Place materials in paper yard waste bags or in trash cans that have handles and are marked with a large “X” facing the street. The maximum weight per container is 50 pounds. Branches cannot exceed 4 feet in length or 6 inches in diameter. 

    Items not accepted include: loose branches and brush, plastic bags, dirt, rocks, sod, and trash. Yard waste that exceeds 50 pounds, 4 feet in length, or 6 inches in diameter is not accepted curbside. Yard Waste placed inside of a recycling cart will not be collected.    

    Missed Recycling and Yard Waste can be reported below.