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Recycling Collection

NOTE: The City of Takoma Park requires that all multifamily and commercial properties provide tenants an opportunity to recycle. This page is geared towards single family homes receiving curbside collection. If you live in an apartment or are a business owner visit the Business & Multifamily Recycling page for details on recycling requirements in Takoma Park.

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.

What Can Be Recycled in Takoma Park

Recycling in Takoma Park

MaterialDescriptionExamplesNotes
glassglass bottles
glassglass jars
metalaerosol cansmust be empty
metalaluminum foilMust be free of food.
metalaluminum trays
metalcans
metalfood containers
metalbeverage containers
paperbooks (paperback)
paperboxboardcereal boxes, inserts in packaging
papercardboard boxesflatten or nest if possible
papercorrugated cardboard
papercatalogs
paperenvelopeswith or without windows
paperjunk mail
papermagazines
papernewspapersincludes inserts
paperpaper bags
paperpaperboardcereal boxes
paperphone books
paperwhite paper
papercolored paper
paperwrapping paper
plasticplastic bottlescontainers for drinks, shampoo, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic jarscontainers for yogurt, peanut butter, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic bucketscontainers for ice cream, kitty litter, detergent, paintmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic tubscontainers for ice cream, margarine, yogurt, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticflower potsmust be empty and free of dirt
Table: Items that can currently be recycled in Takoma Park. NOTE: Plastic marked with the plastic resin code #6 symbol is polystyrene and is not recyclable. Visit the Polystyrene Ban page (http://takomaparkmd.gov/initiatives/polystyrene-ban/) for more details. Table maintained by Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager (GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov)

Recycling & Trash Routes Map

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.

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)

Need Help?

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

Gina Mathias

Sustainability Manager

Public Works Department

301-891-7623GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov

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