If you bring materials to the Shady Grove Transfer Station in a commercial van or a vehicle with truck tags, you must use the Truck Entrance on Shady Grove Road. (We have additional detail in our Public Unloading Facility Regulations.)
Why? This entrance has vehicle scales, which allow us to weigh the amount of material you bring in.
The Truck Entrance is open Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Careful -- it is not open on Sundays!
To help you know when to turn into the Transfer Station, here is a street view of the entrance sign from Shady Grove Road. (This photo gives you the west-bound view, as you head towards the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Frederick Road.)
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.
Super! We love folks who want to recycle as much as possible!
Did you know that our recycling drop-off area is actually behind the Transfer Station? There, we accept recyclable paper, plastic, cans, bottles, jars, clothing and textiles, computers and computer-related electronic items, and more! The Transfer Station's hours of operation apply.
So, where is the Recycling Center?
It's located right next to the Solid Waste Transfer Station:
16105 Frederick Rd Derwood, MD 20855
(Both the Transfer Station and the Recycling Center share the same entrance from Frederick Road.)
The Recycling Center welcomes visitors for weekday tours and self-guided visits!
To help you know where to turn as you travel along Frederick Road, here is what the car entrance looks like from the street (this photo gives you the north-bound view, as you drive towards Gaithersburg):
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.
So, what are some options for disposing of foam packaging? The best choice is to reuse it as packaging. Consider offering it on your local Freecycle Network group -- someone in your community might have a use for it. Stores providing mailing services are often happy to take your foam peanuts.
Do you have a foam cooler you'd like to rehome? We recently learned that the Manna Food Center in Rockville accepts foam coolers for reuse in its food distribution program.
What are your options when the Household Hazardous Waste dropoff at the Shady Grove Transfer Station is too far away? See whether one of our community collection events is more conveniently located for you!
Our community collection schedule for Fall 2007 has just been announced. The dates and locations are:
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Silver Spring International Middle School 313 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring (Dale Dr. & Wayne Ave.)
Updated August 14, 2012: We no longer use biodiesel fuel for this equipment.
How do you turn your compost pile? A pitchfork works splendidly for backyard composting. But, when you have 77,000 tons of leaves and grass to process, you need a tool that is a bit more robust.
The folks at our Yard Trim Composting Facility in Dickerson, MD, are delighted with their new tool, this bright blue Backhus compost turner. Compared to the turner it replaced, the Backhus is easier to maintain, because it has fewer moving parts. It is also more energy-efficient. And, it cost less money.
Not only does the new machine use less fuel, but it runs on biodiesel.
This bilingual brochure may not be the next bestseller, but we think it's a pretty handy read. Topics covered include:
weekly curbside trash collection
bulk trash collection
scrap metal recycling collection
Shady Grove Transfer Station hours of operation
claims for loss or damages
a new section on latex paint disposal
Want print copies of this brochure for your neighborhood, homeowners' association, or other group? Just ask, and we'll be happy to supply them.
The fine print: these trash regulations apply to Montgomery County-provided trash service. If you have privately-provided service, please check with your hauler or community manager for your service details. Not sure about who provides your service? Use our Collection Day Lookup to find out, or call our Customer Service staff at 240-777-6410.