Division of Environmental Management
SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT - RECYCLING

RECYCLING NEWS

Recycling Program Information - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling in Washington County - Permit Fee Explained and Recycling Options Offered

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Dropoff Locations and Hours for Household Recyclables
Where to Recycle Other Materials
Private Recycling Information

The County's Recycling Office (240-313-2796) is available to assist and promote recycling in the County.

Recycling FAQs


What is Recyclable

Note:  All Recycling locations are for use by Washington County Residents Only. No Business Recycling Materials Accepted.

Materials Accepted at Greensburg, Hancock, Dargan and Kaetzel Convenience Centers by Permit ONLY.

  • Mixed Paper: newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, cereal box paper, phonebooks.No photo paper.
  • Commingled Material: food & beverage cans, glass bottles & jars, #1 - #7 rigid plastic containers. No oil bottles.
  • Separated Flattened Cardboard (no larger than 2 foot square)
  • Used Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Maximum 5 gallons per visit)
  • Power Tool Rechargeable Batteries
  • Scrap Metal (Greensburg & Hancock Sites Only)

Materials Not Accepted at the Convenience Centers

  • No paper contaminated with food, oil or grease
  • No paper heavily coated with plastic
  • No foam packaging
  • No plastic bins, buckets or barrels
  • No window glass, Pyrex or ceramics

Materials Accepted at Forty West Landfill Recycling Center by PERMIT ONLY

  • Mixed Paper: newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, cereal box paper, phonebooks, flattened cardboard no larger than 2 foot square.  No photo paper.
  • Commingled Material: food & beverage cans, glass bottles & jars, #1 - #7 rigid plastic containers. No oil bottles.
  • Separated Flattened Cardboard (no larger than 2 foot square)

Materials Accepted at Forty West Landfill Recycling Center.  NO PERMIT REQUIRED.

  • Used Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Maximum 5 gallons per visit)
  • Lead Acid Batteries (car, truck, yard equipment)
  • All other rechargeable batteries (no single use batteries)
  • Power Tool Rechargeable Batteries
  • Styrofoam (clean white block only. No packing peanuts or food contact material)
  • Used Vegetable Oil (5 gallon per visit)
  • Scrap Metal (please drain oil & fuel if applicable)
  • Propane Tanks (empty)
  • Cardboard (silver trailer)
  • Plastic Bags and Shrink Wrap (Green Wooden Building)

Additional Recyclables accepted at Forty West Landfill for an additional Cost, see Rates for applicable fees.

  • Electronics including computers and attachments, regular and flat screen TV's (no wood cabinets), VCR's, CD/DVD players, PDA's, radios, all phones, etc.
  • Refrigerators, freezers, A/C Units, water coolers
  • Yard Debris less than 4 inches in diameter (Fee applies unless residential permit is purchased).
  • Tires

Materials Not Accepted at Forty West Landfill.

  • No paper contaminated with food, oil or grease
  • No paper heavily coated with plastic
  • No soft foam packaging
  • No plastic bins, buckets or barrels
  • No window glass, Pyrex or ceramics
  • No recyclables from businesses

A+ behaviors that will help the community recycling drop off sites.
Please be clean!
Lightly rinse off recyclable containers
Do not place any material outside the recycling bin
Close doors after dumping in recyclables
Be careful not to drop glass or litter

Try to deliver no more than a one week accumulation of recyclable& per visit
Cut cardboard into small flat sheets
Do not leave anything that is not accepted in the program.

Contact the Washington County Recycling Office with questions or problems at 240-313-2790 or 240-313·2796.