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Solid Waste Management


1) Promotion of Frederick County’s single stream recycling program for residents and development and enhancement of government and business recycling programs in conjunction with the County program.

2) Continuation of the use of the brown biodegradable paper bags to all Town residents as part of its Yard Waste collection program that eliminates yard waste from the municipal solid waste disposal stream.​



Compost is the heaviest part of the waste stream and could be diverted to reduce about 30% of all waste going to the landfill.


The Town relies on Frederick County to provide recycling and landfill services. The County’s landfill is at capacity and serves as a transfer station to haul waste to a facility in Pennsylvania. Recycling throughout the country has seen a major shift because overseas buyers will no longer purchase contaminated recycling. Containers with food or other residue, trash in the recycling bins, and non-recyclable items can quickly spoil an entire load of recyclables.


Compost is the heaviest part of the waste stream and could be diverted to reduce about 30% of all waste going to the landfill. To facilitate its use, the Town offers compost bins to residents at a reduced cost, and the Town has seen an increase in the number of residents taking advantage of the program. Considering the changes in recycling and the lack of landfill space, Town residents and businesses have an opportunity to reduce our waste stream.


Trash pick up is every Wednesday within the town limits.  Our contractor begins picking up at 5:30 a.m. and suggests that you have your trash cans at the curb the night before so as not to be missed.

Yard Waste

The Burgess and Commissioners approved two extra yard waste pick-up dates for town residents. Yard waste (brown bag) pickup will begin Tuesday, March 22, 2022 and continue every Tuesday through December 2

Biodegradable brown paper bags are available for Middletown residents, free of charge, at the Municipal Center, 31 West Main Street, Middletown, MD 21769 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Acceptable yard waste will be yard and garden trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, brush and branches. Collection will be from the curb and all yard waste except for branches shall be placed in the brown biodegradable paper bags provided by the Town (no plastic bags)! Branches should be cut to three foot lengths and must not be more than three inches in diameter and tied in bundles. Yard waste cannot be placed in containers or plastic bags. Please DO NOT put root balls, dirt, sod, rocks or trash in the brown bags, it will not be picked-up. Branches larger than three feet long or three inches in diameter will not be accepted. Have yard waste bags out to the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings.


Frederick County Recycling pick-up is Every Other Wednesday.

*** List of Permitted Items ***


If you place any non-recyclable items in your recycle bin, your recyclables will not be picked up / your recycling container will not be emptied!! Please visit the Frederick County, Don't Just Recycle, Recycle Right!, website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick County Recycling at 301-600-2960.

Did you know residents can recycle bulky, rigid plastic items such as: milk/soda crates, plastic shelving, empty plastic trash cans, etc.?  All containers must be empty prior to deposit.  These items should be brought to the Recycling Center on Reichs Ford Road and placed in the collection container specially designated for large plastic recyclables.  Residents with questions about what is recyclable can call the Office of Recycling at 301-600-2960 or email at

 Alternatives to the drop-off center include: 

  • Residents can up-size their recycling container or acquire a second county-issued cart by visiting

  • Recyclers can place excess materials next their county-issued cart inside a paper bag, cardboard box, or any spare, open container with a bold “RECYCLE” sign taped on.

  • Utilize the drop-off centers located at the Brunswick Public Works Depot, Thurmont Library, or at the County’s 9031 Reichs Ford Road facility in Frederick.

  • Certain categories of commercial sites can sign up to utilize the county’s opt-in program for recycling at small offices and multi-family properties.

Recycling Carts:

Local residents can find everything they need to know about recycling – as well as helpful tools – available at You can see, print or sync your recycling schedule to a digital calendar. You can find out what is and isn’t recyclable.  And by clicking on the “Collection Reminder” link, you can even set customized reminders for your street’s biweekly recycling day.

Don't Just Recycle, 

Recycle Right!


Frederick County Government's

emergency notification system.

Use the County’s “Stay Informed” link to sign up for emergency alerts and quickly learn of unexpected changes to recycling collection service (such as for inclement weather or road closures) or to be notified of their special events, like Household Hazardous Waste drop-off days.

The County’s notification services use email, phone call, text, Tweet or mobile updates, whichever is preferred.

New & Notes from the Frederick County Recycling Office

Recycling Challenge

The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Middletown Schools Add a Recycling Program That the Community Can Participate In

Trex's NexTrex® recycling program for schools and communities gives plastic film new life as Trex decking or benches.

Every year hundreds of schools across the nation compete against each other to recycle the most plastic film. In addition to providing a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling, Trex® will happily donate a high-performance composite bench to the winning school and bestow honorary awards to every school that participates.

  • The challenge begins each year on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, and lasts until Apr.15

  • Schools are provided with promotional materials and three recycling bins

  • Volunteer must weigh and report the collected materials every month before delivering them to one of the participating drop-off retailer locations

  • Winners are announced on Earth Day


How can the community participate in this program?
Residents can drop off plastic film at Middletown Elementary School during school hours.

Where are the collection bins?

The bins are located just inside the main doors to the Elementary School.

Special instructions on how to access the bins?

Residents will need to press the intercom button to be buzzed into the school.

The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge Resources


Visit the Recycle2Win Challenge Leaderboard Page.

Visit the NexTrex Recycling Programs webpage.

Bulk Trash

Bulk Trash

Pick-Up Date: October 19, 2024 (Saturday)

You may only put out 2 items to be picked up. Please place your items out at the curb by 6 am.

Please visit the Middletown Website to check for schedule changes.

Note: Don’t be concerned if your items are not picked-up at the same time.  A separate truck will pick-up the metal items. The Town of Middletown and J&J, Inc. are not responsible for any items taken by mistake.

Accepted items:

  • Grills – Remove Propane Tank

  • Push mowers – Remove Gas & Oil

  • Bicycles - PLEASE MARK BULK TRASH***

  • Exercise Equipment

  • Televisions

  • Pianos

  • Computers

  • Couches and chairs

  • Cabinets and dressers

  • Small chairs and tables

  • Commodes, bath tubs, sinks

  • Picnic tables

  • Lawn furniture

  • Carpet - maximum three(3) rolls

  • Bags of Clothing

  • Small Appliances - toasters, coffee makers, small microwaves,  ect.

  • Toys

Items not accepted:

  • Mattresses & Box Springs

  • Refrigerators & Freezers

  • Air Conditioners

  • Dehumidifiers & Humidifiers

  • Washers & Dryers

  • Dishwashers

  • Stoves & Ovens

  • Wood Stoves

  • Trash Compactors

  • Furnaces 

  • Water Heaters & Tanks

  • Riding Mowers 

  • Construction and building material

  • Propane tanks

  • Cardboard, paper and books(must recycle)

  • Tires 

  • Batteries

Items not accepted:

  • Yard waste

  • Dirt, rocks or sod, root balls 

  • Tree trimmings

  • Concrete materials

  • Paint

  • Fencing

  • Gasoline, oil and other inflammables

  • Hazardous waste

  • Explosives and ammunition

  • Dead animals

  • Human and animal feces

  • Household trash

  • Automobile parts

  • No trash in bags or boxes

  • No metal basketball poles or backboards


Community Composting Composting Bin
(located in the Memorial Park Parking Lot)


• Fruit & vegetable scraps
• Pasta, bread, cereal
• Egg shells
• Meat & dairy
• Coffee grounds, coffee filters & tea bags
• Paper towels & paper towel rolls
• Paper plates (100% paper only-

   no shiny coatings)
• Pizza boxes
• Flour & sugar bags
• Baking ingredients, herbs, spices
• Household plant’s including soil
• Items labeled BPI Certified Compostable
• Items labeled ASTM D6868 or D6400


Not Accepted-
• Styrofoam trays
• Aluminum foil
• Candles, synthetic corks & gum
• Dental floss & Qtips
• Dryer lint sheets
• Disposable mop sheets
• Vacuum cleaner bags
• Hair, pet fur, pet waste
• Fireplace ashes
• Items labeled biodegradable
• Items labeled Oxo-Biodegradable

Please remember our team sorts contamination by hand! When in doubt, throw it out.

Community Composting

2024 Monthly Reports


2023 Annual Report


2022 Annual Report

Compost Bin Sale


In-Town Residents $40/per bin
Out-of-Town Residents $40/per bin
(Limit 1 per household)
(Reg. Price $102)
Checks made payable to:
Town of Middletown
or Exact Cash Amount Accepted

We have 20 compost bins available for purchase at the town hall.
They are available first come / first served. No reservations.

Share a flyer with friends and neighbors!

The “FreeGarden EARTH” compost bin is an efficient, durable,
and economical tool that saves money and provides many benefits for homeowners and gardeners.

Manufactured of 100% recycled content, its single-unit main body construction means no difficult assembly, and no structural integrity issues over time or in extreme weather conditions. The animal and pest resistant lid twists for variable ventilation control, and covers a large 19.5" opening that offers easy, generous access to add material and maintain the pile.


Compost Bin Dimensions

  • Item Depth 28"

  • Item Height 33"

  • Item Width 32

  • Item Weight 22 lbs.

  • Large 11 cubic feet capacity

  • No assembly required

  • Twist locking lid

  • Single Body design means virtually no maintenance with proper ventilation

  • Adjustable upper Body Vents to regulate airflow


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