The following recycling centers are available for disposal of residential amounts of recyclable materials free of charge (with the exception of scrap tires).
*Commercially generated recycling is not accepted in the recycling centers and must go over the landfill scale. Businesses located within Charles County are welcome to contact the Department of Public Works for referral information of commercially generated materials and source reduction.
*Vehicles over 10,000 pounds, trailers, sideboards, signage, and ladder racks are subject to commercial fees.
Items Accepted from Residential Sources:
- All Single Stream Recycling Items – Tin and aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs, newspapers, white papers, magazines, glossy inserts, telephone books, and flattened cardboard. All materials can be mixed together.
- Not all recyclable items are accepted in single stream. Only the select items listed above can be sorted at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Styrofoam and plastic film are just two recyclable materials not accepted. Grocery and department stores accept plastic bags for recycling. Please watch Ziploc's video to learn why plastic bags and plastic film are not acceptable for single stream recycling. Visit A Bag's Life for details about recycling plastic bags and other plastic films.
- Batteries – Household cell and auto batteries.
- Compressed Gas Tanks - Household propane, helium, and oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers. Or, return tanks to the seller.
- Electronics – Computers, laptops, speakers, televisions, stereo equipment, DVD/VCR players, microwaves, and cell phones. Please hand cell phones to attendant on duty. For safety and security reasons, only attendants are allowed in the electronics disposal area.
- Oyster Shells - Oyster Shells (Thanks to a partnership with Oyster Recovery Partnership).
- Scrap Metal - Appliances, bicycles, lawn mowers, metal furniture, etc.
- Scrap Tires - Two residential tires per visit are accepted free of charge. Additional tires, bulk loads of tires, and commercial size tires must be weighed in on the landfill scales with applicable fee(s) being assessed.
- Tag-A-Bag - Residents must purchase tickets in advance. Each ticket enables the disposal of one bag/container of household trash up to 32 gallons. A bag/container exceeding 32 gallons will require additional Tag-A-Bag tickets. Visit the Tag-A-Bag Program page for additional details and a list of various locations where tickets can be purchased.
- Textiles - Clothing, linens, shoes, belts, purses, backpacks, and stuffed animals. Textiles do not have to be suitable for reuse, but all items must be clean, dry, and bagged.
- Used Cooking Oil – Waste oil from a deep fryer, frying pan, or wok (no material from grease traps).
- Used Motor Oil, Oil Filters and Antifreeze - Do not mix together; dispose empty containers in the trash. No brake fluids.
- Yard Waste – 10-bag maximum at recycling centers. Plastic bags are prohibited. Larger amounts and pick-up truckloads of yard waste are only accepted at the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility. Stumps and bamboo are not accepted.