Harford County Maryland
Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Maryland  
Harford County Maryland
David R. Craig, Harford County Executive
Harford County Maryland

Department of Public Works - Environmental Services
3135 Scarboro Road, Street, MD 21154 410.638.3018
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Thomas C. Hilton
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410-638-3417
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SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING

 

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At Home In Harford

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I need trash collection in order to have curbside recycling collection?
What is single stream recycling?
How do I know what day of the week my recycling will be picked up by my trash collector?
Why doesn’t Harford County provide recycling containers to residents?
I was only provided with one recycling sticker to place on my container to designate it for recycling. What if I have more than one container?
Why can’t I recycle plastic bags at curbside? Where can they be recycled?
What type of plastics can I put out for recycling?
What happens to the paper, metal, glass, plastic and aluminum after it is collected from my house and how are they separated?
What do I do if I need more than one recycling container; is there a limit?
Can residents living in apartments and condominiums recycle?
Who do I call if my recycling wasn’t picked up?
Do I have to rinse my recyclables?
Do I have to take labels off of containers?
Why should we recycle when it’s easier just to landfill?
Will more people recycle now?
Do you have any drop off locations?
What do you charge to drop off recycling?
What are the advantages to single stream?
What exactly can I put into my single stream container?
Can I put grass clippings and tree limbs into my recycling container?
How can I reduce the amount of catalogs I receive in the mail?
Are coroplast (polypropylene) campaign signs recyclable?
1.  DO I NEED TRASH COLLECTION IN ORDER TO HAVE CURBSIDE RECYCLING COLLECTION?
Yes, the trash collectors are picking up the recycling as well as trash from their customers. Alternatively, County residents who do not subscribe to a curbside trash collection service can bring their recyclables, free of charge, to the Harford Waste Disposal Center located at 3241 Scarboro Road, in Street.
2.  WHAT IS SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING?
Single Stream recycling allows for the recycling of everything acceptable (glass, plastic, metal, aluminum and paper) to be set out all together in the same container and on the same day. It also increases the items that can be recycled at curbside, including all numbers of plastic containers (i.e. beverage and food, laundry soap, dish soap, peanut butter jars, margarine tubs, yogurt containers), rigid plastic items (lawn furniture, plastic coolers, drinking cups, 5-gallon buckets, flower pots, nursery pots, garbage cans, plastic toys), glass food and beverage bottles and jars and metal and aluminum cans, aluminum foil, aluminum disposable bake ware, empty aerosol cans, and milk and orange juice cartons.
3.  HOW DO I KNOW WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK MY RECYCLING WILL BE PICKED UP BY MY TRASH COLLECTOR?

Please contact your trash collector for the pick up day of your address. Most residents will continue with the same collection day as previously. The residential trash collectors in Harford County are:

  • Bartenfelder Sanitation Services, 410-420-9220
  • Harford Trash Services, Inc., 443-752-0784
  • Republic Services, 1-800-284-7056
  • Waste Industries (HSS), 410-457-0404

Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County's Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637.

 

 

 

4.  WHY DOESN’T HARFORD COUNTY PROVIDE RECYCLING CONTAINERS TO RESIDENTS?
Providing recycling containers was not economically feasible due to the expense involved. However, to make recycling convenient for residents, there is considerable flexibility in how recycling can be set out for collection. Recyclables may be placed together and set out in a variety of containers such as spare trash cans, new trash cans, corrugated cardboard boxes, even laundry baskets. They could also be placed together in paper bags for collection. In any event, plastic bags may not be used or disposed with the recyclables. The bags tend to foul up the single stream recycling processing equipment.
5.  I WAS ONLY PROVIDED WITH ONE RECYCLING STICKER TO PLACE ON MY CONTAINER TO DESIGNATE IT FOR RECYCLING. WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CONTAINER?

As an alternative to recycling stickers, residents may mark an “X” on the side of their recycling container(s) or tie a blue plastic bag onto the handle of the container to designate it for recycling.  If you wish to receive more recycling stickers, please call the Recycling Office at 410-638-3417 and one will be mailed to you.

6.  WHY CAN’T I RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS AT CURBSIDE? WHERE CAN THEY BE RECYCLED?
Plastic bags create problems for the machinery used in the separation process so we are requiring residents not to place plastic bags in with curbside recyclables. Most grocery stores in Harford County accept plastic bags for recycling. Look for the bag container located at the front of the store. Please be sure there is nothing left in the plastic bags and that it is dry. We encourage everyone to begin using the re-usable grocery sacks also available from many sources.
7.  WHAT TYPE OF PLASTICS CAN I PUT OUT FOR RECYCLING?
All plastic containers with the number designations (1 through 7) on the bottom of the container including, narrow-necked and wide-mouthed, as well as rigid plastic such as toys, coolers, lawn furniture, drinking cups, garbage cans, laundry baskets, buckets, nursery pots, and flower pots.
8.  WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PAPER, METAL, GLASS, PLASTIC AND ALUMINUM AFTER IT IS COLLECTED FROM MY HOUSE AND HOW ARE THEY SEPARATED?
Recycling is picked up at curbside by your trash collector and brought to the Harford County Recycling Transfer Station located at the Harford Waste Disposal Center where they are loaded onto tractor trailers and transported to a processing facility in York, Pennsylvania. Click on the video link to see the operation of an identical facility in Elkridge, Maryland. The segregated material is then sent to secondary market vendors who process the material into re-usable products. Plastic is used to manufacture new containers, carpeting, and fleece clothing. Paper is used to make newsprint. Cardboard is used to make new cardboard and other packaging material. Glass is used to make new glass containers and fiberglass insulation. Aluminum cans are used to make new aluminum cans. Tin cans are used to make new steel products.
9.  WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED MORE THAN ONE RECYCLING CONTAINER; IS THERE A LIMIT?
You may set out as many recycling containers as needed; there is no limit to the amount of recycling you can set out. Large items such as cardboard and rigid plastic items can be placed next to the containers. Mark an “X” on any additional containers or tie a blue bag to the handle to identify them as recycling containers.  See question No. 5 if you wish to obtain additional recycling stickers.  Alternatively, you may print off a recycling sticker by clicking the icon at the top of this web page.
10.  CAN RESIDENTS LIVING IN APARTMENTS AND CONDOMINIUMS RECYCLE?

Maryland law requires that all apartment and condominium communities with 10 or more units provide a recycling program for residents on or before October 1, 2014.

Our Solid Waste Management Plan had been amended to reflect the new State requirements. The amendment can be found on the Apartment and Condominium Recycling page at www.harfordrecycles.org.

As a reminder, the State Law establishes the following schedule to implement the program:

- On or before March 1, 2014, owners/managers shall develop a written recycling program and communicate said program to residents

- On or before May 1, 2014, owners/managers shall provide training or assistance to residents and inform all residents of the date the recycling program will begin

- On or before July 1, 2014, owners/managers shall make arrangements to transport collected recyclables to an acceptable recycling facility

- On or before October 1, 2014, owners/managers shall implement the recycling program.

For more information, please contact the Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417 or email mcfiliaggi@harfordcountymd.gov.

11.  WHO DO I CALL IF MY RECYCLING WASN’T PICKED UP?

Your trash collector is also picking up your recycling. Phone numbers of the major trash collectors in the County are: 

  • Bartenfelder Sanitation Services,  410-420-9220 
  • Harford Trash Services, Inc., 443-752-0784 
  • Republic Services,  1-800-284-7056 
  • Waste Industries (HSS), 410-457-0404

Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County's Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637

 

12.  DO I HAVE TO RINSE MY RECYCLABLES?
It depends on the material contained in the recyclable container. For food and beverage containers we do ask that they be completely empty and lightly rinsed.
13.  DO I HAVE TO TAKE LABELS OFF OF CONTAINERS?
No, labels can remain on jars and cans.
14.  WHY SHOULD WE RECYCLE WHEN IT’S EASIER JUST TO LANDFILL?
Landfill space is filling up. Why landfill when there are markets for the recyclable items? Recycling saves natural resources, energy and creates less pollution when items are remanufactured using recycled material rather than virgin material. 
15.  WILL MORE PEOPLE RECYCLE NOW?
With the added convenience of single stream recycling and not having to sort paper from containers, the participation rate is expected to increase. For municipalities which have switched to a single stream recycling program, the national average indicates a 20% increase in material recycled. 
16.  DO YOU HAVE ANY DROP OFF LOCATIONS?
The Harford Waste Disposal Center at Scarboro Landfill, 3241 Scarboro Rd., Street, MD 21154, accepts all recyclable materials free of charge, Monday through Saturday, 7am to 3pm. Also accepted for recycling at the Disposal Center are clothing and textiles, computers, scrap metal, motor oil and antifreeze, ink jet cartridges, used propane cylinders, and wet cell batteries.
17.  WHAT DO YOU CHARGE TO DROP OFF RECYCLING?
Recycling is accepted free of charge for County residents who bring their recyclables to the Harford Waste Disposal Center at Scarboro Landfill. Charges do apply if the resident also has household trash in the same trip.
18.  WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO SINGLE STREAM?
Not only is single stream recycling more convenient, a wide variety of additional items can now be recycled and diverted from the County’s waste stream. Harford County has entered into a contract with Waste Management for the disposal of the recyclable material which will reduce the annual operating expenses by $400,000 per year. Additionally, single stream is more environmentally friendly since more disposed material will be put towards secondary uses and fewer vehicle emissions will be created since the trash collectors can compact the recyclables and carry more material per trip. 
19.  WHAT EXACTLY CAN I PUT INTO MY SINGLE STREAM CONTAINER?
Newspaper, paper bags, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, junk mail, envelopes, paperboard boxes, corrugated cardboard, soft cover books, hardback and text books, paper packaging including cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, #1-7 plastic containers (i.e. beverage and food, laundry soap, dish soap, peanut butter jars, margarine tubs, yogurt containers), glass food and beverage bottles and jars, aluminum and metal cans, aluminum foil, aluminum disposable bake ware,  rigid plastic items (lawn furniture, plastic coolers, drinking cups, 5-gallon buckets, flower pots, nursery pots, laundry baskets, garbage cans, plastic toys), milk and orange juice cartons, juice boxes and empty aerosol cans (i.e. deodorant, hair spray and spray paint).
20.  CAN I PUT GRASS CLIPPINGS AND TREE LIMBS INTO MY RECYCLING CONTAINER?
No. Yard trimmings (grass clippings, limbs, branches, bushes, leaves) must be brought to either the Harford Waste Disposal Center at the Mulch and Compost Facility, Monday through Saturday, 7am to 3pm, free of charge. Or, the former Tollgate Landfill drop off site, Saturdays from 7am to 3pm at 703 North Tollgate Rd, Bel Air. 
21.  HOW CAN I REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CATALOGS I RECEIVE IN THE MAIL?
If you seem to receive every catalog ever printed and want to help the environment and save a few trees, go to catalogchoice.org to cancel those unwanted catalogs. It’s actually fun and very user friendly.
22.  ARE COROPLAST (POLYPROPYLENE) CAMPAIGN SIGNS RECYCLABLE?
The coroplast (polypropylene) campaign poster only (no metal or wood attached) can be disposed of with all other single stream recyclables.
Single Stream Recycling:
Press Release  
Annual Recycling Review  
Curbside Collection Tips   PDF Document
Harford County Recycling Sticker   PDF Document
Single Stream Recycling Guide   PDF Document

 

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