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Collection at Your Home


Facility & Curbside Collection Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule  (printable)
Once-A-Week Trash Collection Brochure
Recycling, yard waste and trash are collected once a week. To determine your collection day or to find holiday collection schedule changes, visit MyAnneArundel.
Each material, trash, recycling, and yard waste, is collected by a separate truck.  Although the trucks all look similar, recycling and yard waste trucks are marked with recycling symbols. 
General Guidelines
  • The loaded containers cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each so they can be lifted safely. 
  • Place containers at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.  Contractors make collections between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Mark all yard waste containers and non-County issued recycling containers with an “X” so the collectors know it’s recycling, not trash. County issued yellow containers need not be marked with “X’s”. Do not place yard waste in a County issued yellow container.
  • Containers may be placed at the curb the night before your collection day.
  • To find out what day your collections occur:
    • ask a neighbor, or
    • call our Customer Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays between  7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or visit MyAnneArundel
  • Your material will be collected on your regularly scheduled collection day unless that day falls on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day. In the event your collection day falls on one of these six holidays or we experience inclement weather, your collection will be delayed. For more information on collections interrupted by a holiday, please visit our Holiday Collection page.
  • You can recycle all the paper, plastic, metal, and glass that comes into your home.  Visit for detailed information.
  • You can put as many containers of recycling at the curb as you need. 
  • Use containers such as County issued yellow carts, containers or bins.  You may also use a container of your choice marked with an “X” so the collectors know it’s recycling, not trash.
  • Do not use bags of any kind for paper, plastic, metal and glass, including blue recycling bags.
  • Place paper, plastic, metal, and glass together in the same recycling container(s).
  • Large bulky plastics, such as lawn furniture, buckets, toys, pools, and play-sets can be placed next to your recycling container(s).
  • Large, bulky metal items and appliances must be scheduled for collection by calling our Customer Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Yard Waste
  • Yard waste is grass, leaves, tree limbs and branches from your yard.
  • You can put as much yard waste at the curb as you need to.
  • Tree limbs and branches must be less than 4 feet in length, with a maximum branch diameter of 4 inches.
  • Put leaves, brush, branches and grass clippings in a bag or container and mark with an "X".
  • If not containerized, branches must be tied into bundles (not to exceed 4 ft/4" diameter). 
  • Do not place yard waste in a County issued yellow container.
  • You are limited to 4 containers of trash per week.  If you generate more than this limit, please visit
  • Use black plastic bags or watertight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers. Trash placed in containers should be bagged to ensure your trash can is emptied completely, and avoid a mess.  Please do not use cardboard boxes or paper bags since they are recyclable.
  • Large, bulky trash items, such as mattresses, box springs, sofas, and dressers should be placed next to your trash containers or bags. 
  • Large, bulky metal items and appliances must be scheduled for collection by calling our Customer Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • 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. You may also find instructions on disposing of expired and unused medications on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.
  • The following materials are not collected at your home because of special handling requirements.  Please visit problem products page to determine how to get rid of these materials.
 Ammunition & Firearms Explosives & Fireworks
 Asbestos Items  (Shingles & Tiles) Fire Extinguishers
 Building & Construction Materials Hazardous Waste Household & Commercial
 Coal & Ashes Latex Paint
 Compressed Gas Tanks Liquids
 Dead Animals or Carcasses Propane Tanks
 Dirt / Soil Sawdust
 Drum Containers and Fuel & Oil Tanks Tires
Requesting Collection For Your Home
New Residents in a Community Currently on Public Collection:
If you have moved into a community currently served by the curbside program, you do not need to contact the County to start service at your new residence. Place your recycling and trash items at the curb when your neighbors do and it will be collected. If for some reason you are not serviced, please call (410) 222-6100 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Often, we can solve problems the same day.
Communities Not Served by Public Service But Located in a Public Collection Service Area:
If you live in a community of single-family units (attached or detached units) that are not served by Anne Arundel County collection services you may petition for service. A majority of the residents must agree to accept curbside service. A successful petition will result in all residents on the new collection route being assessed the solid waste service charge each year. For more information on the petition process and the curbside collection fee call (410) 222-6100.
Apartment and Condominium Recycling:
In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1, Environment-Recycling-Apartment Buildings and Condominiums.  The law took effect on October 1, 2012, and requires property owners or managers of apartment buildings and councils of unit owners of condominiums with ten or more units to provide separate collection of recyclable materials by October 1, 2014.  
Property owners are responsible for contracting necessary services to provide for collection, storage, and delivery of recyclables to market.  At a minimum, a program to collect metal containers, plastic containers, glass containers, and paper must be offered.  Details on recycling activities must be reported to the County on an annual basis, beginning with calendar year 2014.  For more information click here.
Technical assistance is available to property managers who need to start a recycling program or need help expanding one. A Recycling Specialist will visit a work site to help start a program, as well as provide commercial recycling guides, information on local recycling companies, finding markets, and access to other types of resources. For more information, call the Recycling & Waste Reduction Division at (410) 222-7951.
In addition, Condominium and Apartment residents are welcome to use any of the County's Recycling Centers for their recycling needs.



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