Frequently Asked Questions

Residents/Homeowners - What to Do With...

Antifreeze

Accepted at all Transfer Stations

Appliances Containing CFCs

Examples are refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner- 10 ticket requirement at all Transfer Stations. Other disposal possibilities are R.B. Baker Scrap Metal in Queenstown, 410-827-8831 or Bennet and Cohey in Church Hill, 410-778-3462.

Batteries

  • Alkaline or household batteries - Dispose of in normal trash or purchase a recycling container online. Some options are Bigger Green Box and Battery Recycling - Residential.
  • Lead acid or car batteries - Accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • Rechargeable batteries - Dispose of in normal trash or may be recycled at various stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and Price and Gannon Ace Hardware.

Boat Film

The Marine Trade Association of Maryland (MTAM) now has a Boat Film Bag Recycling Program. MTAM will be selling blue recycling boat film bags. Boat film that is in one of the blue recycling boat film bags can be placed in the appropriate container at the Grasonville Transfer Station through May 15. All straps, vents and doors must be removed. 

For individuals- If the boat film is not in the blue recycling bag it can not be recycled and must go into a trash bin at any of the Transfer Stations and will follow the normal ticket policy. 

For Marinas that have purchased the blue recycling boat film bags they can also take them to the Grasonville Transfer Station. Marinas that don't have their boat film not in the blue bags will not be accepted at any of the Transfer Stations. 

Bags can be purchased at West Marine in Chester for $15. 

Boat Salvage/ Disposal

Harbor Diving and Salvage, Annapolis, 410-991-7767

Donate to a charity, search online under "Donate a Boat." a few examples of these are:

Brush

Brush less than 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.

Bulky Items

Examples are furniture, mattresses, and exercise equipment. Accepted at all Transfer Stations.

Car Disposal/Donation

Scrapyards - R.B. Baker and Sons, Queenstown, 410-827-8831; Bennett & Cohey, Church Hill, 410-778-3462

Donate to a charity, search online under "Donate a Car," a few examples of these are:

Christmas Trees

  • Christmas Trees can be taken to any Transfer Station for FREE (no ticket required) until January 31st. All lights and decorations must be removed. 

Clothing or Textiles

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations.

Computers & Computer Components

Cooking Oil

Cooking Oil can be disposed of at the Centreville Transfer Station, there is a designated container for it.

Durable Medical Equipment

The Maryland Department of Aging is providing durable medical equipment (DME) to Marylanders with any illness, injury, or disability, regardless of age, at no cost. All equipment will be sanitized, repaired, and redistributed to Marylanders in need. Donations needed: wheelchairs, power wheelchairs & power scooters, rollators & walkers, toilet & shower supports, all pediatric equipment, bathroom aids, hospital beds. For more info click here- Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Re-Use

Fire Extinguishers

Check with your local fire department or call Safety Tank of Maryland, Inc. (410)487-1681, 3113 Cabin Run Road, Woodbine, MD 21797, (there is a charge for disposal or recycling). 

Fluorescent Bulbs

  • CFLs - Accepted at the Semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Events or may be recycled at various stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot. There are no regulations against a homeowner disposing in normal trash however caution is recommended to avoid breakage of bulbs.
  • Tubes - Accepted at the Semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Events. There are no regulations against a homeowner disposing in normal trash however caution is recommended to avoid breakage of bulbs.

Gasoline

Accepted at only the Centreville Transfer Station or at the Semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling events. This service is for mid-residents only, NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE; 5 gallon limit per year. 

Hazardous Waste

Events held by the Maryland Department of the Environment on a semi-annual basis for the collection of various materials including oil based paints, thinners, stains, pesticides, insecticides, etc. Events are rotated twice a year through the 4 Mid-shore counties. The next  Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event will be October 28 in Kent County. For more information call MDE at 1(800)473-2925.

 HHW Waste,Latex Paint and Electronics Recycling Event flyer

Items in Good Condition

Good usable items are collected at all transfer stations and later sold at a local auction. Other options for usable items are:

  • Donate to a local charity or shelter
  •  Give to others or place on freecycle.org
  • Sell on eBay or Craigslist
  • Sell at a consignment shop, auction or yard sale

Latex Paint

Must be dried up or solidified before disposing at the Transfer Stations. To solidify add mulch, kitty litter, dirt and any type of absorbent material. A hardener may also be available at hardware stores. 

Mercury Thermostats

Mercury Thermostats can be recycled at the Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Events 

Metal Items

Examples are stove, lawn furniture, and shelving. Free at all Transfer Stations.

Mowers

All liquids must be removed; accepted at all Transfer Stations.

Oil

Accepted at all Transfer Stations.

Pallets

Residents may dispose of 3 pallets per week. 

For larger loads of pallets contact the Pallet Guy at (410)479-2679 located in Denton, MD. 

Prescription Drugs

Accepted at:

QAC Sheriff’s Office
505 Railroad Avenue
Centreville, MD
Phone: 410-758-0770

MD State Police Barracks-Centreville

Propane Tanks

Contact local gas companies (Callahan’s, Tri-Gas, Gray's Gas, etc.) They are also collected at the Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Events

Rubble - Construction & Demolition Debris

  • Examples are: Wood, drywall, carpets, cabinets, fences, bathroom fixtures
  • Allowed one 55-gallon drum per week
  • Large quantities can be taken to R. B. Bakers in Queenstown (410-827-8831) or Midshore Regional Landfill in Ridgely (410-634-9304).
  • Brick and concrete can also be taken to Dependable, Sand, Stone and Recycling in Wye Mills (410-822-6363).
  • For additional information, view Transfer Station Policies.

Tires

  • Car and light truck tires up to a maximum of 17 inches. Must be clean, whole and without rims. Accepted at all Transfer Stations at one ticket per tire.
  • All other tires are not accepted. However, they are accepted at the Midshore Regional Landfill in Ridgely (410-634-9304).
  • Citizen Scrap Tire Events are funded and determined by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Any future events will be posted on the Recycling page.

TV’s and Electronics (non-computer) 

No ticket is required for the following-

Metal, computers, oil, anti-freeze, gas