Recycling Service Summary

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Effective July 1, 2018, the annual recycling service fee for single family and townhouse owners in the City of Gaithersburg increased to $93.16 per household.

Recycling information for Businesses, Apartments and Condominiums

Recycling in Gaithersburg is easy now that residents of single family homes and townhouses can "single stream" their recyclables. Single streaming simplifies the recycling process by allowing customers to combine recyclable paper, plastic, glass, steel and aluminum materials into one single container for collection. These materials are then picked up by a single truck and taken to a local Goode Companies, Inc. processing facility then transferred to a local materials recovery facility that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. Single streaming promotes recycling for those who like the simplicity of using one container for all recyclables. This system eliminates the need to separate newspapers from bottles and cans, which can take up space at home with several different bins for recycling.

Once Per Week Recycling Collection

Collection Box Recycling must be placed at the curb by 7 AM on your weekly recycling day for collection by the City’s recycling contractor.

Newspapers, Mixed Paper, Recyclable Cans, Glass Containers, and Plastic Containers

Collected by the City’s recycling contractor in City provided recycling containers and placed at the curb on your recycling day.

Corrugated Cardboard

Collected by the City’s recycling contractor. These no longer need to be cut or flattened.

Brush and Branches

Collected year round by the City’s recycling contractor when laid straight, tied in bundles or placed in biodegradable brown paper bags and placed at the curb on your recycling day. Items must be no more than four inches in diameter and six feet in length, and weigh no more than 40 pounds.

Grass Clippings and Other Yard Trimmings

Collected by the City’s recycling contractor when placed in biodegradable brown paper bags and placed at the curb on your recycling day.

Holiday Trees

Holiday trees are considered normal yard waste and will be collected from single family homes and townhouses by the City’s recycling contractor when placed at the curb by 7 AM on your weekly recycling day.