Can a gas lawnmower be put out for a special pick up?
Thanks for your question, J.!
Yes, we accept gas (and other) lawnmowers in our scrap metal recycling program. To request a curbside collection, just call us at 240-777-6410. We must receive your call by 11 a.m. on the business day before your recycling day. The pickups are made on your recycling day.
To prepare your mower for collection, remove all gas and oil from it. If the mower has a battery, take it out. Then, set the mower at your curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. (We accept batteries in our Household Hazardous Waste Program.)
Our staff sorts through the bikes, setting aside those which are in good condition. We partner with Bikes for the World, a sponsored project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, to put as many bikes as possible back into use. Bikes in damaged or rusty condition are recycled as scrap metal.
And what is the next step for bikes collected by Bikes for the World? Through selected non-profit agencies near and far, they become transportation for people who use them to get to work or school.
In honor of the International Day of Climate Action, Bikes for the World has set a goal of collecting and shipping 350 bikes at its collection events this weekend. Two of its events will be in Montgomery County:
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9 am – 12 noon St. Paul’s Catholic Community, at the Community Gazebo, corner Rt. 108 and Rt. 124, Damascus MD 20872
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10 am – 2 pm Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Tip: We provide curbside scrap metal collection for large items at no charge. And, we have a handy shortcut for details about this popular service: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/scrapmetal. If you have smaller amounts of scrap metal, or prefer to transport the metal yourself, use the scrap metal recycling area at our Solid Waste Transfer Station, also at no charge.
When the folks planning the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign Art Exhibition needed refrigerator doors earlier this summer, they came to us. Specifically, they turned to our Solid Waste Transfer Station, the facility which receives refrigerators for recycling. And, our Transfer Station staff was happy to assist with their request.
The refrigerator door art has been created, and the show, titled "The Art of Recycling: The Coolest Show in Town", opens this coming Monday! It runs from August 25 through September 2, 2008, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Calculate the amount of energy used by your refrigerator, learn about ENERGY STAR® models, and more at the Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign. If you decide it's time to replace your refrigerator, remember that we provide curbside pickups at no charge through our scrap metal recycling program.
Cabin John residents recycled 20,284 pounds of scrap metal over the 7-week period from March 1 through April 18, 2008. Congratulations also go to the residents of Carderock Springs, who recycled 13,478 pounds of scrap metal during the Challenge.
The Challenge award, a clock made of reused and recycled metal parts, was given by Eileen Kao, Chief of our Waste Reduction and Recycling Section.
We find the fact sheets handy for answering many frequently asked questions. If you would like a quantity of any of these fact sheets to distribute to your neighborhood, multi-family tenants, employees, or other group, just let us know!
Here are some of the items we saw on our site visits this week:
They have ranged from the more common...
to the fancier...
and even the ornate...
Remember, this Challenge is a special project accepting a wider range of smaller metal items than we typically collect. Our curbside scrap metal recycling program, available to residents with Montgomery County-provided recycling collection, is for large metal items only.
Starting March 1, the communities of Cabin John and Carderock Springs will compete by... recycling scrap metal! The Scrap Metal Recycling Challenge will run for seven weeks, from March 1 through April 18, 2008.
The Challenge will be supported by more than 120 volunteers. We trained them this week, and they are ready to recycle lots of scrap metal!
We'll measure each community's progress by weighing the metal collected from its residents. At the end of the Challenge, we'll compare the weights, and announce the winner.