Recycling Overview

Midshore Regional Recycling Program
The Midshore Regional Recycling Program (MRRP) is a cooperative partnership proposed in 1991 and formed in 1993 by and between the Maryland Counties of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot. This program provides many free recycling opportunities to more than 137,000 residents. Through sharing of resources and cooperative marketing, the MRRP provides full or partial financial and other support for:
  • Recycling of:
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines and catalogs
    • Office and other paper
    • Plastic bottles and jugs
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Metal household cans
    • Scrap metal
    • Lead acid batteries
    • Appliances


  • Cardboard
  • Motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Yard waste
  • Tires
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Boat shrink wrap
  • Electronics and other materials when outlets can be developed
  • The Midshore Consolidation Facility in Easton - recyclables are collected and stored until they are transported to market
  • Operation of the Igloo program serving about 40 of the region's recycling drop-off sites
    • In FY 2011 the Igloo program collected 3,429 tons of recyclables and generated $262,395 in revenue, a new record.
    • Queen Anne’s County annually bales and markets over 800 tons of cardboard.
    • From an analysis undertaken in February 2012, the net cost for the drop-off program was $88,896.58. This equates to $0.64 per person per year to have access to the recycling drop-off sites.
  • Capital equipment for recycling programs such as:
    • Igloos
    • Igloo collection trucks
    • Curbside collection trucks
    • Rolloff containers
    • Storage areas
    • Walking floor trailer
  • Transportation of recyclables to market for all 4 counties - mostly by cooperative hauling using County resources
  • Removal of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants from appliances
  • Grinding of yard waste
  • Tire recycling and alternate disposal arrangements
  • Education and recycling and waste prevention awareness, information and promotion to students, residents and businesses
  • Municipal recycling program grants
  • Marketing of recycled material collected in the region
    • Paper is sold to a local firm that supports 30 local manufacturing jobs
    • Glass bottles are sent to PA for 100% bottle to bottle recycling, not used as landfill cover as done by some recyclers
  • Record keeping and reporting of recycling rates for the region
  • 2 Igloo Collection Operators and the Regional Recycling Coordinator
  • Coordination of the Midshore Region's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program initiated in 1998 and an electronics recycling program initiated in 2002