Household Recycling and Trash MADE SIMPLE | Printable Version
Recyclables are collected curbside once a week, Monday through Friday, by private haulers under contract to Anne Arundel County on your collection day. Recyclables will either be collected before or after your trash is collected. Collection vehicles, marked with an official recycling logo and the name of the private hauler will come by to collect your recyclables. No one other than the contract hauler should remove recyclables from your container and any suspicious activity should be reported to our customer service representatives at 410-222-6100.
Sort Recyclables into Two Types
- Put all household recyclables together in the same container(s). Reference the list of Materials Accepted to determine items that are recyclable and can be picked up curbside.
- Yard waste should be set out separately. If not containerized, branches must be tied into bundles (not to exceed 4 ft/ length or 4" diameter).
- Do not use a County issued yellow container for yard waste. Use another type of durable, reusable container that works best for you, marked with large "X's" visible to the collection crew. The "X" lets the collection crew know it’s recycling.
- Plastic bags and plastic film are no longer accepted in the curbside recycling program. Return clean and dry bags to a local grocery store or County Recycling Center for recycling.
- Polystyrene commonly known as Styrofoam is not accepted for recycling.
- Do not put paper, plastic, metal, and glass recyclables inside of plastic bags. Keep materials loose and unbagged in the same recycling container.
- Plastic, glass and metal containers accepted with curbside recycling do not need to be fully cleaned in order to be recycled. However, containers must be empty of all contents.
- Shredded paper is accepted for recycling, but it must be contained inside of a paper bag or envelope and then taped or stapled shut. You can put it with your other curbside recyclables or drop it off at your nearest recycling center. Please note that paper yard waste bags should never be used to contain shredded paper or other household recyclables for curbside collection. Click here for instructions on packing shredded paper.
- Recycle every week so your recycling containers won't be too heavy for you or the collectors. (Loaded containers cannot weigh more than 40 lbs. each.) This does not apply to residents using the County recycling carts.
- Use containers that one person can lift from the curb to the recycling truck. Containers must have handles.
- There is no limit on the amount of recyclables you can put out for collection.
- Keep your yard and street clean by securing papers and other light weight items inside your recycling cart so they won’t blow around before the recycling truck arrives. For residents using the round open top recycling container, place heavier items on top and don't load the container above the rim.
- Paper products that are saturated with food, liquid (other than water), or other contaminate should not be included with recycling.
- If paper gets wet, it’s okay - We can still recycle it.