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.
Acceptance of Bids for Recyclable
Materials 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
Garrett County Ranks
4th in State
With Recycling Rate
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling is proud to
announce the County has achieved a recycling rate of 56.39%. We are
ranked 4th in the State of Maryland for diverting waste from our
landfill. Both residents and businesses have been taking full advantage
of the recycling programs available in the County. And, it shows. The
recycling tonnage is up and waste is down. Congratulations!
official recycling rate comes from the Maryland Department of the
Environment (MDE), after a complete review of the 2013 Maryland Recycling
Act (MRA) Tonnage Report submitted for Garrett County.
In 2012, the
Maryland General Assembly passed the Recycling Rate and Waste Diversion -
Statewide Goals Act. The act revises the Maryland Recycling Act (1988) and
requires all Counties and Baltimore City to recycle wastes and meet an
overall percentage of materials recycled which is based upon the
population of residents that reside in that county. Since Garrett County's
population is under 150,000 residents, the State of Maryland requires the
County to reach and maintain a 20% recycling rate, which includes certain
"It is our goal to continue to educate and encourage the residents and
businesses to not only recycle, but to also reduce waste at the source,"
said Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator for Garrett County Solid
Waste & Recycling Division.
Source reduction means the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of
materials or products to reduce the amount of waste generated. It
includes reuse, waste elimination, package reduction and substitution.
Examples would include using rags instead of paper towels, packing lunches
in reusable containers, and donating usable items to those in need.
Recycling is offered in Garrett County FREE of charge. A sticker is not
required to recycle at any of the seven convenient refuse and recycling
sites. Please recycle newspaper, telephone books (with covers removed),
cardboard, magazines, office paper, glass bottles and jars (clear, green,
and brown), electronics, aluminum cans, #1 and #2 plastic jugs and
bottles, and used motor oil, transmission and oil filters & antifreeze.
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.
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.