Trash Collection

The Waste Management Division provides trash collection service to approximately 164,000 homes in the county. Citizens and residents in the County-contracted collection areas should place their trash containers curbside by 6 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day.

Trash will be collected between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The contractor will empty containers and return them to your curbside. The homeowner is responsible for storing and cleaning the containers. Neither the County nor the contractor will be responsible for items not intended for collection that are placed next to trash containers or for the removal of any containers other than regulation containers.

​To report a missed trash, yard waste, recycling or bulky trash collection,  or to register a complaint about trash pick-up, please submit a service request via CountyClick or dial 3-1-1 for assistance.

Inclement Weather Policy  

If collection is suspended due to inclement weather during the regular pick-up schedule (Tuesday–Friday) collection will slide by one day. 

For example, if your regular collection day is Tuesday and is suspended due to weather conditions, your collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday’s collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday; and, Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday. There will be no Sunday collection. 

Residents are reminded to please leave trash and recycling toters curbside until collection occurs.

​​Yard trim/waste collections suspended due to inclement weather on the regular collection day (Monday) will move to the following week (on Monday).

​Bulky trash collections missed due to inclement weather will be collected within 48 hours.

Collection Status Updates

  • Contact CountyClick online or dial 3-1-1
    Outside the County: (301) 883-4748

Trash Containers 


Trash containers must be either: 
  • ​Permanent-type, standard metal with bottoms intact and no excessive rust 
  • Securely tied, heavy-duty plastic bags
  • Watertight, heavy-duty plastic containers with handles and tight-fitting lids
​No single container should exceed 60 pounds. There is no limit to the number of regulation containers that may be used.

​Acceptable Materials: 
  • Garbage: Food wastes accumulated in normal household use 
  • Trash: some plastics and ashes

Collection for Senior Citizens and Disabled

The County provides back door collection of trash for senior citizens over 65 years of age and for disabled citizens. 

To qualify, no one living in the home can be under the age of 65 or be physically able to carry the trash/recycling toter curbside. To make arragements for back door collection contact CountyClick at 3-1-1.