Regular household trash is picked up Tuesday and Friday; if this day occurs on a holiday, trash collection is skipped. Trash should be left near the sidewalk at the front of your home, in a clearly visible location, by 8:00 am on collection days. If you use a trash container with a secured lid, you can put your trash out on the evening before the collection day; otherwise, we ask that trash only taken out on the morning of trash collection day, to keep scavenging animals from getting into the trash. And trash containers should be stored in the rear of your home at all other times.
The trash cans placed at various locations along the Geren and Bradford parking lots are intended for the odd piece of trash found lying on the property, or papers or other small debris from your car. So please don’t use these containers for your household trash.
Call or e-mail the TOP office if TOP’s trash collection contractor missed picking up trash left outside your home. DO NOT leave your missed trash in the common area (for example, near the parking lot or one of the parking lot trash receptacles); instead, either store it in the rear or inside of your home until the next scheduled collection day.
“Bulk trash” is any object too large or too heavy to fit inside a 30 gal. plastic trash bag. -- e.g., appliances, mattresses, furniture, construction debris, etc. Bulk trash is not “regular household trash” cannot be left out for pick-up by TOP’s trash collection company.
You have several options for disposing of bulk trash:
|Take it to the county’s bulk transfer station located on Frederick Road north of Rockville, MD. Check the Dept. of Solid Waste (DSW) website, or call 240-777-6410, for information on the hours of operation,driving directions, and the types of bulk trash items accepted there.|
|Call DSW (240-777-6410) to see if you can arrange for a bulk pickup.|
|Contact a private bulk trash hauling company to remove it; names and phone numbers for such companies are available by calling the TOP office.|
|Ask the company delivering the replacement item (appliance, furniture) to carry away the old item. Make it the responsibility of your home improvement contractor to dispose of construction debris, plumbing fixtures, etc.|
|Donate your gently-used household items to a charitable organization (see table below for a partial listing)|
|Finally, TOP traditionally arranges for dumpsters to be on the property on both Geren and Bradford Roads for 7-10 days in the spring and fall, to dispose of residents’ bulk trash. Check with the Property Office to find out when the dumpsters will be at TOP.|
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- accepts appliances, furniture, other household items
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- accepts furniture, other household items
- accepts furniture, other household items
Recyclable paper, metal, plastic and glass is picked up by the county on Friday in the Geren and Bradford Road parking lots, and on Thursday along Manchester Rd. If there’s a federal or state holiday during the week, the collection date is pushed back by one day.
Recyclable items should be left along the parking lot and Manchester Road curbs. Recyclable items collected by the county include:
|Clean metal cans, aluminum foil|
|Clean glass bottles and jars and Clean plastic bottles only (i.e., having a neck and/or opening smaller than the container); all resin codes (i.e., the number on the bottom) are accepted|
|Paper, newspapers, corrugated cardboard boxes (please flatten boxes to save space), cereal boxes, etc.|
|Yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush, branches and other yard trimmings. Branches must be less than 4 ft. long and 4” in diameter. Yard waste should be placed in large paper leaf bags (cannot weigh more than 45 lbs!) or trash contained labeled “yard waste”|
Glass, metal and plastic can be commingled, but paper products must be kept separate. Recyclable items should be placed in either a blue recycling bin or paper grocery bags (items in plastic bags won’t be picked up!); you can also tie papers into bundles (but water-logged paper will not be picked up!)
The county also recycles other items – such as electronic and computer equipment, clothing, plumbing fixtures, etc. – delivered to the bulk transfer station.
Household hazardous waste should not be disposed of in regular trash. Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste Services holds 1-day collection events at various locations within the county. Call 301-840-2370 for more information or visit Montgomery County's hazardous waste site. Oil based paints, fluorescent bulbs and tubing, batteries containing nickel, cadmium, mercury, silver, lead or lithium, mercury and thermometers containing mercury, pesticides, and other hazardous waste can be dropped off at the county’s waste transfer station on Route 355.
For further information on the county’s recycling program and curbside collection rules, or to obtain a blue recycling bin, call or check the website for the Dept. of Solid Waste - 240-777-6410,