How to recycle/dispose of
yard trim (leaves, grass, brush)
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Weekly - recycling
County facilities accepting yard trim (leaves, grass, brush):
Shady Grove Processing Facility & Transfer Station
It's easy to recycle yard trimmings by grasscycling or composting. (We offer compost bins at no charge.)
Curbside leaf vacuuming is offered in a number of County areas during the fall. Vacuuming is provided by the County's Division of Highway Services.
Or, place yard trimmings at the curb for collection. If you receive Montgomery County-provided recycling collection, your yard trim pickups are made weekly on your recycling day. Yard trim is collected year-round.
You can bag it...
Please place leaves, grass, brush, and other yard trimmings in large
paper yard trim bags (available at most grocery stores, home improvement stores, and garden centers). The total weight of the bag must be 45 pounds or less.
Please do not use paper grocery or shopping bags for yard trim collection.
Or can it...
Save money and use reusable containers, such as trash cans.
Cans must be marked with a County-provided "Yard Trim" label to ensure proper collection.Use the free Yard Trim labels available at Montgomery
County libraries, by ordering online or by calling Montgomery County's Customer Service Center at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 240-773-3556). Be sure the label faces
Total weight CANNOT exceed 45 pounds per container.
Or bundle it...
Brush can also be tied into bundles with twine. Bundles should not exceed 30 inches in diameter. Each branch should not be larger than 4 feet in
length, and 4 inches in diameter. Total weight must be 45 pounds or less per bundle.
What happens to the yard trim we collect?
We compost leaves and grass at our Compost Facility. After the finished compost is screened, the material is sold under the brand name Leafgro.
We grind brush into mulch, available at no charge at our Neighborhood Mulch Preserve locations.
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This information last updated 5/10/2013.