Recycling Collection

NOTE: As of July 1, 2015 plastic bags and plastic film are no longer accepted in the City’s collection curbside recycling program.

The Public Works Department collects household recycling from all single family homes and most small apartment buildings within the City of Takoma Park. Residential recycling collection is a curbside collection service and is offered once a week.

Important Recycling Collection Information

  • The recycling collection schedule is subject to holiday changes. The Holiday Collection Schedule page details how the schedule is set and when collection dates are changed due to a holiday.
  • Recycling collection service begins at 6:30 AM.
  • Recycling should be set out in recycling bins the night before your household’s collection day.
  • Bottles, jars, and cans should be placed together in recycling bins.
  • Rinse or clean out items before placing in the recycling bin.
  • Paper should be bundled in a paper bag or tied with string before being placed in or beside recycling bins. This prevents paper from blowing out of bins or trucks.

Detailed information about what can and cannot be recycled in Takoma Park is available below.

Public Works also offers electronics recycling and collection of CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs. These are the “pigtail”/spiral style only, no fluorescent tubes accepted. Electronic waste and CFL bulbs must be brought directly to the Public Works Facility. See the Electronics Recycling section below for details.

Recycling Bin
New and replacement recycling bins are available from the Public Works Department.

Recycling Bins

New and replacement recycling bins are available from Public Works.

Residents that need new or replacement bin should call Public Works at 301-891-7633, or come to the Public Works Facility during office hours. The Public Works Facility is located at 31 Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

Recycling & Trash Routes Map

What Can Be Recycled in Takoma Park

The following items can be collected curbside for recycling in Takoma Park:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • aerosol cans (empty)
  • aluminum foil and trays
  • metal cans
  • metal food and beverage containers
Mixed Material (Aseptic Packaging)
  • milk cartons
  • juice boxes
  • cardboard boxes (flatten or nest if possible)
  • catalogs
  • junk mail
  • magazines
  • newspapers and inserts
  • paper bags
  • paperboard (example: cereal boxes)
  • phone books
  • white and colored paper
  • wrapping paper
  • plastic bottles and jars (example: yogurt, shampoo, margarine, two-liters)
  • plastic buckets and tubs (example: ice cream, kitty litter, detergent containers, paint)
  • plastic flower pots

Electronics Recycling

The following electronic items must be brought to the Public Works Facility for recycling:

  • computers and computer related components
  • cameras
  • televisions (non-console)
  • fax machines
  • answering machines
  • telephones
  • copiers, scanners, printers
  • VCRs, DVD players, CD players
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) (bulbs only, no fluorescent tubes)

Not Accepted Recycling Items

The following items are not recyclable:

  • automotive parts, engines or tires
  • styrofoam
  • ceramics, dishes, pyrex, or glassware
  • clothes hangers*
  • light bulbs
  • nails, screws, or cast iron
  • pots, pans or scrap metal
  • plastic bags and plastic film**
  • plastic utensils
  • paper towels or napkins
  • video or cassette tapes
  • windows, plate glass or mirrors
  • motor oil containers

*NOTE: Dry cleaners often accept clothes hangers back from customers.

**NOTE: Clean plastic grocery bags cane be recycled at local grocery stores.

The following items are not recyclable but can be disposed of through other curbside collection or Public Works programs:

  • household trash
  • food waste
  • electronics or appliances
  • household hazardous waste
  • yard waste

See the Trash Collection, Food Waste Collection and Yard Waste and Fall Leaf Collection pages for more information on how to properly dispose of household trash, food waste, fall leaves and yard waste.

Public Works holds an annual hazardous household waste drop-off day to assist residents with safely disposing of hazardous household chemicals. Visit Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day for more information.

Need Help?

Please direct your questions and concerns related to recycling collection to:

Gina Mathias

Sustainability Manager

Public Works Department

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