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Disposal of Problem Products

Waste Management Services provides convenient and safe disposal services for as many different types of items as possible. Some products require special handling for safe disposal. County departments other than Waste Management Services may dispose of other items. Unfortunately, there are some types of products that cannot be disposed of or accepted by any County agency. For information on an item not listed below, please call 410-222-6100 for assistance. 
Abandoned Vehicles 
Abandoned vehicles, trailers, etc. without tags or with expired tags on private property should be reported to the County Office of Inspections and Permits. The Zoning Enforcement Division will require that the car be disposed of, properly tagged, or garaged. Requests are taken in writing only. Include a description of the vehicle, locations of the vehicle or ownership of the property where the vehicle is located. Send information to: 

Zoning Enforcement   (410) 222-7446
2006 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401-9105  

Abandoned vehicles, trailers, etc. without tags or with expired tags on public streets should be reported to the County police district station serving your community.  

Eastern District: (410) 222-6145Southern District: (410) 222-1961
Northern District: (410) 222-6135Western District: (410) 222-6155
Ammunition and Firearms
Ammunition and firearms may be turned in to the Police Department. Call (410) 222-8610.
Animal (Pet) Waste
Animal waste, such as used kitty litter and dog waste, must be double bagged before being placed at the curb on your collection day.
Asbestos Items (Shingles & Tiles)
Asbestos shingles are not accepted at our facilities, however small quantities of asbestos shingles may be brought to the County's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days. Residents must wet and double bag them securely, and limit the weight of the overall bag to 40 lbs. Residents are limited to 4 bags per event, for a total of 160 lbs. maximum per event. 
Building and Construction Materials
Accepted curbside in small quantities intermingled within the bags of other household trash. It is accepted at all Waste Management Services facilities year-round.
Coal and Ashes
Coals and ashes pose a fire hazard because they take significantly longer to cool than most people realize. What appears to be dead coals can start a fire in the garbage truck, Recycling Center compactor, or in the Landfill. Douse coals with water. Allow to cool for at least 24 hours. Never place in paper bag. Spread evenly through your garden or compost pile. 
Compressed Gas Tanks
Oxygen tanks used in the home for medical reasons should be returned to the supplier or manufacturer. Look for an address on the neck of the tank. Helium tanks must be emptied and the "knock-out" removed before they can be disposed of at our facilities. Dive tanks used for recreational purposes can be sold back to the dive shop or through classified advertisements.
Tip: Before purchasing compressed gas tanks, ask the supplier about disposal options.
Cooking Oil (Liquid) and Grease (Solid)
Liquid cooking oil is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers.  It may be disposed as trash curbside only after it has been absorbed and solidified (with newspaper, kitty litter or another absorbent). As a rule, liquids are not accepted at the curb due to the mess often created by collecting and transporting liquids, and landfill regulations which prevent land disposal of liquids. 
Solid cooking grease is accepted curbside and at all Recycling Centers for disposal as trash.
NEVER pour used cooking oil or grease on the ground or down garbage disposals, sinks, toilets, drains or storm sewers. It leads to blocked sewer pipes, clogged drain fields, increased maintenance costs, and contaminated waterways.
Dead Animals or Carcasses
For deceased household pets, contact a local veterinary clinic for disposal services.
For hunting carcasses, contact a licensed deer salvager at DNR’s Nuisance Animal Hotline
1-877-463-6497 or search DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service online. 
Dirt / Soil
Not accepted curbside or at any Recycling Center. Accepted at the Millersville Landfill only. You must call 410-222-6108 before making a trip to verify it will be accepted.
Drum Containers and Fuel & Oil Tanks
Plastic drums and tanks, that are completely empty and dry, are accepted curbside for recycling.
Metal drums and tanks are not accepted curbside. They are accepted for recycling at all Waste Management Services facilities, but they must be completely dry and empty, with a sufficient amount of tank (top or bottom) removed to allow unobstructed viewing of the interior (at least a 1 x 1 foot hole).
Explosives and Fireworks
The fire investigation section of the County Fire Marshal's Office will pick up explosive items such as gunpowder, hand grenades, blasting caps, fireworks, etc. Call (410) 222-7884, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For disposal outside of those hours call 911 and request the fire investigation section.
Fire Extinguishers
Not accepted curbside or through Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day. If the contents have been discharged and the valve has been removed, then they will be accepted at all Waste Management Services facilities.
Flares are not accepted for disposal at our facilities.  However, road flares, hand-held signal flares, and smoke flares are accepted for disposal from residents during the County's Household Hazardous Waste events.  Aerial flares and parachute flares are not accepted.
Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs
Fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and other mercury-containing items are only accepted for recycling during a household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off event. Click here for the 2015 event schedule or information on other HHW items accepted.

In addition, both Home Depot ® and Lowes ® offer free recycling of unbroken CFLs at all of their stores nationwide (No tubes or ballasts accepted. Program is for residential material only). Visit and for details.
Household and Commercial Hazardous Waste
Unless used or disposed of according to directions, household and commercial chemicals present a threat to the surface water and ground water that we drink. Special handling is required to dispose of them properly. Commercial companies should contact the Maryland Department of the Environment for handling requirements at (410) 537-3400. County residents may safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on designated drop-off days.
Human Waste
Human waste, such as used diapers, must be double bagged before being placed at the curb on your collection day.
Latex Paint 
Latex paint is not accepted curbside.  It can leave a sticky mess on employees, equipment, and your streets.  If you cannot use it up or donate it to an organization, you may drop off your latex paint at any of our Waste Management Services Facilities year-round.
Read the label. If hazardous, flammable, poisonous, or unidentifiable, dispose of at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days or refer to the yellow pages for private companies who also provide this service. If not hazardous, flammable, or poisonous, pour down the kitchen drain. Do not mix products to avoid potentially deadly combination. Liquids create a mess in collection vehicles, and work their way through the trash, picking up contaminants, and eventually have to be pumped out and treated at special disposal facilities. 
Medical Waste
Medical waste is accepted only from residential customers.  Residential customers can place needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects in puncture-proof, hard plastic containers you can't see through. Or use metal containers with lids; reinforced with tape. Lids that screw on tightly are best. Then place the sealed container with your trash --- never in a recycling bin.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department has installed drug drop boxes for residents to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted medications.

Residents can drop off medications at:

  • Eastern District: 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena
  • Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
  • Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
Items NOT Accepted: thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, liquids, needles /sharps, medication from businesses or clinics
Residents may also find instructions on disposing of expired and unused medications on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.  In addition, prescription take-back programs at pharmacies are slowly becoming available.  Some pharmacies, like Walgreens, now offer the service to the public; fees may apply.  For more details, visit the Walgreens website.  
Propane Tanks
Propane tanks are not accepted in the trash. One-pound and twenty-pound tanks (empty and or full) are accepted for recycling at all Waste Management Services facilities year round. In addition, some propane dealers and hardware stores will accept old larger propane tanks for recycling or reuse. Check the yellow pages for a location near you.
Sawdust is not accepted curbside. It is accepted for disposal at all Waste Management Services facilities. 
Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material, which prevents our household hazardous waste program from accepting them. Check for the manufacturer listed on the back of the detector for alternatives. If you are unable to identify manufacturer, place in your regular trash.
Styrofoam packing peanuts and blocks are accepted curbside in your regular trash and at all Waste Management Services Facilities for disposal. As an alternative, please consider recycling or reusing Styrofoam through the following resources: Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, 1298 Cronson Boulevard, Crofton, Telephone: (410) 451-8340 accepts "block" polystyrene packaging for recycling. Customers should call ahead for hours. Many mail/postal stores such as Mail Boxes, Etc. or Parcel Plus accept polystyrene "peanuts" for reuse. Check the Yellow Pages for locations.
Although Styrofoam is recyclable, it is currently not accepted within the County's recycling program.  Styrofoam is a very light material and because of this it tends to contaminate other recyclables when collected in a mixed stream.  To ensure that we receive the highest value for all other recyclables that the County currently accepts in the program, Styrofoam is excluded from the list of materials we ask residents to recycle. Should the technological or market conditions change, making it feasible to process, the County will consider including it on the list of accepted materials. 
Only passenger or light truck tires are accepted.  Up to four tires are accepted from residents without charge at all Recycling Centers.  Customers with more than four tires will be accepted at the Millersville Landfill, for a fee.



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