Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day), and
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (New Year's Day):
No County-provided recycling or trash collections, and Transfer Station closed, on December 25 and January 1 See holiday details.
Have electronics you've been meaning to recycle? This is the weekend to do it! We're having two afternoons of electronics recycling at the Go Green America Expo! Not only will you get those items out of the house, but you'll get some Expo tickets in return.
Here's the scoop:
Please use the Perry Parkway entrance to the fairgrounds.
A parking attendant will direct you to either go left to the Expo or go right to the electronics recycling.
You will not need a ticket to drop off electronics! In addition, the Go Green organizers are generously offering one free ticket to the Expo for each item dropped off at the electronics recycling area. Electronics recycling staff will pass out the tickets. If you drop off a computer, you get one ticket; if you drop off a computer and a television you get two tickets, etc.
March 28 and 29, 2009, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Go Green America Expo Montgomery County Agricultural Center Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Directions to the event
On the heels of our electronics recycling collection program expansion at the Solid Waste Transfer Station, we're expanding electronics recycling in Montgomery County even further: we're taking it on the road!
Do you have confidential papers which you'd like to have shredded? Bring a bag with you -- we'll have a collection point for off-site shredding by The Arc of Montgomery County. (Limit: one bag per person)
What happens to cell phones after you take or send them in to be recycled? Why does it matter?
Watch the Secret Life of Cell Phones to learn more about their life cycle, and issues around their recycling and disposal. This short video is part of a detailed website with additional information about environmental, health, and public policy relating to cell phones.
Here's one of the presented findings: "There is enough gold in 200 cell phones to make a gold wedding ring!"
We checked with our Transfer Station colleagues to see whether it would be accepted there for recycling. And, the answer is... yes, console televisions are accepted for recycling in our new television recycling program.
If you cannot transport the console television to the Transfer Station, and if you receive Montgomery County-provided trash service, then you may request a curbside bulk trash collection for this item. The tradeoff is that while the television would be collected at your curb, it would not be recycled.
Thanks for asking! Confirming the answer gave our Call Center staff and me the opportunity to expand our own knowledge. And, as a result of your question, I have updated our television page to include console televisions. So, dear readers, keep your questions coming!
The television recycling containers are located next to the fenced computer recycling area:
After just a few days of operation, many boxes have already been filled with televisions! The attendants at the Transfer Station are doing a great job of notifying residents of our new program when they spot televisions in the material those folks are unloading.
Sorry, we do not provide curbside recycling collection for computers and related electronic items.
BUT - if you are able to bring them to our Computer Recycling drop-off at the Shady Grove Transfer Station, great things happen! Most of the computers and related equipment we receive are recycled -- 100%!
The items which are not recycled are... reused, which is even better! Volunteers from a local nonprofit computer user organization wipe the hard drives clean, refurbish, and then donate the items they select from our drop-off program.
As you enter the Transfer Station's recycling area, the computer drop-off is on your right. Here's what you'll see:
Please place your computer equipment into one of the large cubic yard cardboard boxes.
If they do not work, please dispose of them as trash or (recyclable!) scrap metal. Depending on the size of your items, and how many you have to dispose of at one time, you may need to schedule a bulk trash collection. For larger items that are more than half metal (like microwaves), schedule a scrap metal recycling collection. Both of these collections must be requested at least one day before your collection day.