CHARLES COUNTY RECYCLES
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 neighborhood listed in our Blue Bin Recycling Schedule, 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. Expansion areas added after the printing of each new Blue Bin Schedule will be reflected in the next schedule.
Curbside recycling service of your blue recycling bin is provided year-round. Yard waste is collected by a separate truck, 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:
Blue Bin Materials Accepted Curbside
Every-Other-Week • Year-Round
Aluminum and Tin Cans / Glass Bottles and Jars / Plastic Bottles and Jugs (rinse all containers); Newspapers, White Papers, Magazines, Glossy Inserts, Telephone Books, and Flattened Cardboard. (Flattened cardboard must be placed in or under your bin and must also fit easily into the recycling truck.) All items can be mixed together.
Items not accepted curbside in your blue bin include: formed boxes, plastic bags, buckets, toys, diapers, food containers, light bulbs, ceramics, and trash. Contaminated oil and antifreeze containers are not recyclable.
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 yard waste sticker or 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 curbside as yard waste 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.
Recycling...Get into it!