Compost & Leaf Pile Has Been Relocated
The compost and leaf pile are now located in a new place
at the landfill on Oakland Sang Run Road. Go over the scales - the
Scale Master will direct you where to take materials.
Hypodermic Syringe Disposal:
Dispose of syringes
properly. Please put them in a puncture-resistant
container with a screw-on top (i.e., launder detergent
jug). Mark container “sharps,” “syringes,” or
“needles.” Proper disposal of syringes will make it
safe for anyone who handles your trash. For more
information, please call 301 387 0322.
Announcement: Acceptance of Bids for Recyclable
Garrett County Solid Waste and Recycling will be
accepting bids for the purchase of recycled materials by
a deadline date of the seventh (7th) of each
month, 4:00 p.m. (local time). If bids are not received
by the seventh (7th) of each month, 4:00 p.m.
(local time), bids will not be considered. If the
seventh (7th) of the month is on a Saturday,
Sunday or holiday, bids will be accepted no later than
the next business day.
RECYCLING TIDBITS - Why must we sort
recyclable materials in Garrett County? Why can’t we just throw
everything in one box? Materials are sorted in Garrett County
so that when they arrive at their destination (by truck), the
processor (often located outside of the County or State) will
pay top dollar for the recyclable materials. If the materials
are mixed together, processors pay a zero amount. Obviously we
want to cover the truck hauling costs as this is the best method
of transportation for our materials due to our geographic
location and make enough money to run our Recycling Program each
year. Therefore, it is necessary to ask that each resident
pitch in and separate their own materials. Recycling and
separating materials is really easy and once you learn the
basics, it’s just like riding a bike or cooking that favorite
recipe. It’s not hard at all. Recycling together as a family
not only teaches our children to respect their home and
community, it also allows for quality time spent together
participating in an activity that will help the environment
(locally) and teach values and good habits that will last a
Source: Kim Madigan, 2013
Important Information for Apartment and Condominium Owners, Managers and
Pursuant to House Bill 1 adopted in
April, 2012 all Owners or Councils of Owners of Garrett County Apartment
Buildings and Condominiums that contain 10 or more dwelling units are
required to provide recycling to their tenants. The law requires the
program to be in place by October 1st, 2014.
Department of Solid Waste & Recycling Division is both encouraged and
excited by the positive response we have received by all of the owners,
managers and associations that have contacted our office inquiring into
this new law.
We are happy to announce that our office will have
weatherproof recycling stickers available. Due to the limited supply, they
will be given out on a first-come first-served basis, at no charge. These
will only be available to Apartment and Condominium Owners, Managers and
For questions regarding the Apartment and Condominium
Recycling Program, or any Free Recycling Program in Garrett County, please
contact Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator at 301.387.0322 or
Recycling Reports due March 16, 2015
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste &
Recycling Division is proud of the Garrett County residents and businesses
who helped us achieve a 47.83% recycling rate in 2013. These efforts
are applauded. (Note: The Maryland Department of the Environment are
working on the final recycling rates for 2014 -tba.)
We are requesting that each business in Garrett
County report their recycling efforts within the county or outside of the
county and state. The 2014 recycling report form will be sent to
businesses in January that have completed reports in the past.
However, we still need to hear from many new businesses or businesses that
have not reported to our office in the past. The completed reports
are due on March 16, 2015.
Examples of not-often-thought-of recycled
materials are landscaping debris (grass clippings, leaves, brush and
branches and mixed yard waste); carpet or cloth remnants (textiles);
newspapers or catalogs sent back to manufacturers; wood waste to
mulch/compost; pallets; wood shavings and sawdust; oil and transmission
filters; all mixed paper; toner cartridges; camera/film canisters; and all
plastics. Common recyclables include aluminum cans, newspapers,
cardboard, magazines, office paper; glass bottles and jars; electronics,
and mixed metal.
All over Garrett County, businesses have noticed
the benefits of recycling by enjoying a reduction in their monthly
disposal fees. If you are not recycling at this time, but are
interested in receiving information on how you can save money while
preserving precious natural resources in Garrett County, please contact
our office immediately at 301 387 0322 or
Please contact the office if you require
assistance in completing the report.
A refuse sticker is not required to enter the
refuse & recycling sites or the landfill to recycle. The Garrett
County Recycling Program is Free.
Recycle Christmas Trees at Garrett
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste &
Recycling would like to invite Garrett County residents to participate in
Christmas tree recycling at the Garrett County landfill location during
the months of January and February.
Trees will be accepted for recycling during the
hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the landfill location
at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, Maryland.
Christmas tree recycling is available to Garrett
County resident’s FREE-of-CHARGE. A residential disposal permit is
not required to participate in this program or any other recycling program
in Garrett County.
Christmas trees may also be recycled at home by
placing cut branches and needles under trees and shrubs as a temporary
winter mulch -- or by chopping them up and adding them to your compost
Remove all tinsel, garland and ornaments before
recycling Christmas trees at home or at the landfill location.
Please remember that a
refuse sticker is not required to recycle at any of the refuse & recycling
sites, including the landfill. If you have any questions, please contact
the office at 301 387 0322 or email
What to Recycle and Where
& PHONE BOOKS
Clean & dry. Leave loose. Remove covers on books; paperback
NO Bulk mail, plastic or paper bags,
magazines, glossy inserts, or twine.