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 5:30am and suggests that you have your trash cans at the curb the night before so as not to be missed.

Frederick County has updated their recycling policies and it affects recycling pick-up within town limits.  There have been changes to what Frederick County will & will no longer accept when recycling!! Please click on the recycling link below.

Yard Waste

Yard waste pick-up begins the first Tuesday in April and the last pick-up day is the last Tuesday in December, unless that Tuesday is a holiday, then pick-up ends the week prior.

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.


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.

Frederick County Recycling pick-up is Every Other Wednesday.


Please read both the "Frederick County Notice - Recycling Changes" and "Frederick County Recycle Right" for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick County Recycling at 301-600-2960.


Frederick County has made changes to their recycling service.  This includes an updated list of acceptable and unacceptable recyclable 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!!

Still have questions? Call the County Office of Recycling at 301-600-2960.

Helpful Hints

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.


(formerly Alert Frederick County)

is Frederick County Government's

emergency notification system.

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

And all of these tools are also available as a free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the County site.

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

Bulk Trash

Bulk Trash Pick-Up Date:


October 9, 2021 (Saturday)

March 12, 2022 (Saturday)

You may only put out 2 items to be picked up.

Please place your items out at the curb by 6 am.

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

  • 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 


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.