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Tips when preparing to recycle!

 

Allegany County Government wishes to present information about recycling opportunities in Allegany County.  Allegany County Government appreciates the efforts of all recyclers and encourages all citizens and stakeholders to embrace the concept of producing less waste – reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

 

WHAT TO RECYCLE

 

Allegany County citizens and stakeholders can recycle many items/materials at designated locations throughout the County.

  • Aluminum and other metal food and beverage containers
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Automobiles - Private Recycling Facilities
  • Batteries - Private Recycling Facilities / Retail Stores
  • Cardboard / Paperboard
  • Catalogs – recycle with magazines
  • Electronic equipment - Contact Penn-Mar Recycling, 201 Riverside Terrace, Riverside Industrial Park, Cumberland. The telephone number is 301-724-1000.
  • Glass: clear, brown, green
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Lawn and garden natural materials: grass, leaves, brush, and tree limbs 4 inches or less in diameter
  • Magazines
  • Mixed office paper: glossy inserts are not acceptable with mixed office paper - bond paper, photocopy paper, colored paper, computer paper, greenbar paper, tablet paper, envelopes with/without windows, junk mail
  • Motor oil
  • Newspaper – glossy inserts are acceptable with newspapers
  • Plastic: identified as #1 and #2 Bottles and Jugs Only
  • Scrap Metal - Private Recycling Facilities
  • Telephone books
  • Tires
  • Special collection events are held by Allegany County Government for tires, household hazardous waste and electronics.

PREPARATION TO RECYCLE

 

PLEASE, do not co-mingle recyclable materials in any recycling bins!  

PLEASE, do not deposit any paper bags or any plastic bags or any cardboard boxes in any recycling bins!

 

  • Keep all paper dry.

  • Rinse all glass, metal, and plastic items.

  • Labels are acceptable on glass, metal, and plastic items.

  • Remove tops on glass and plastic items.

  • Lids are acceptable on metal items.

  • Labels, staples, tape, and metal clips on envelopes are acceptable with mixed office paper.  Glossy inserts and the cardboard backs of tablet paper are not acceptable with mixed office paper.

  • Labels, staples, and tape are acceptable on corrugated cardboard.

  • Glossy inserts are acceptable with newspapers.

 

WHERE TO RECYCLE

 

Recyclable materials are accepted at conveniently located sites throughout Allegany County:  Bel Air, Cumberland, Flintstone, Frostburg, LaVale, Little Orleans, Mount Savage, Oldtown, Orleans, and Westernport.  Different recycling sites accept different recyclable materials.

 

ALUMINUM AND METAL
Aluminum and other metal food and beverage containers can be recycled in the large recycling bins located throughout Allegany County. 

ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL
Used antifreeze and used motor oil should be collected in clean, unbreakable containers with tight-fitting caps.  Do not mix antifreeze and motor oil together in the same container. 

APPLIANCES

See Yellow Pages:
Recycling Centers, Recycling Services, Scrap Metal

 

AUTOMOBILES
See Yellow Pages:
Recycling Centers, Recycling Services, Scrap Metal 

BATTERIES
Many battery dealers recycle batteries for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 
 
CARDBOARD
Corrugated cardboard and Paperboard may be recycled at locations accepting cardboard. No waxy coated cardboard, Styrofoam or plastic.
 

CATALOGS
Glossy paper catalogs can be recycled in the recycling bins marked magazines.

 

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
Contact Penn-Mar Recycling, 201 Riverside Terrace, Riverside Industrial Park, Cumberland. The telephone number is 301-724-1000.

 

GLASS ACCEPTED
Clear, brown, and green glass which are deposited into different recycling bins. Be sure to keep them separate!
 

GLASS NOT ACCEPTED
Blue and yellow glass, automobile glass, plate glass, light bulbs, any ceramics 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Examples of household hazardous waste include unknown liquids, fertilizer, pool chemicals, etc. Special collections are held.

 

COMPOST SITE

FREE COMPOST

Allegany County Government has one site for recycling natural materials from lawns and gardens.  There is not any fee for Allegany County citizens to deposit accepted natural materials.  Compost is available here free of charge for Allegany County citizens.  The compost site is open all year.

 

North Branch Industrial Park

11700 PPG Road

Cumberland, MD  21502

(off of Maryland Route 51, across from the former PPG Plant)

 

LAWN AND GARDEN ITEMS ACCEPTED AT COMPOST SITE

Grass, leaves, brush, tree limbs 4 inches or less in diameter, fresh holiday greenery and Christmas trees free of artificial decorations of any type.

 

LAWN AND GARDEN ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AT COMPOST SITE

Stumps, roots, tree limbs exceeding 4 inches in diameter, lumber, pallets, railroad ties, rubble

 

MAGAZINES

To be deposited in recycling bins marked magazines.  Glossy paper catalogs are considered magazines.

 

MIXED OFFICE PAPER

Mixed office paper includes bond paper, photocopy paper, colored paper, computer paper, greenbar paper, tablet paper, envelopes with/without windows, junk mail. Glossy inserts in junk mail and the cardboard backs of tablet paper are not accepted with mixed office paper.

 

NEWSPAPERS

Rule of Thumb: if it comes with the newspaper, recycle it with the newspaper. Glossy inserts in newspapers are accepted here.

 

PLASTIC

 

#1 AND #2

BOTTLES AND JUGS ONLY

 

Allegany County accepts all plastic identified as either #1 or #2.

 

#1 or #2 will be in a triangle close to or on the bottom of the bottle or jug.

 

#1

PETE

polyethylene terephthalate

#2

HDPE

high density polyethylene

 

#1 and #2 are usually found on bottles and jugs—NARROW AT THE NECK.

 

#1 and #2 plastics are deposited into different recycling bins—keep them separate!

EXAMPLES OF PLASTIC ACCEPTED

  • Consumable Plastics: juice, soda, and water bottles, condiment bottles, cooking oil jugs; 

  • Personal Care Plastics: shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, body wash, lotion

  • Household Plastics: bleach, clothes detergent, dish detergent, fabric softener, household cleaners

PLASTIC NOT ACCEPTED

  • All plastic containers manufactured to hold poisonous or toxic substances.

  • All plastic containers identified by #3, #4, #5, #6, or #7.

  • Scrap Metal:  See Yellow Pages: Recycling Centers, Recycling Services, Scrap Metal.

 

SCRAP METAL

See Yellow Pages:

Recycling Centers, Recycling Services, Scrap Metal

 

TELEPHONE BOOKS

Allegany County Government has a special collection of telephone books each spring or they may be recycled with the newspaper. Many schools participate in the annual contest to recycle telephone books. 

 

TIRES

Allegany County residents (not businesses) may drop off scrap tires free of charge.  Passenger and light truck tires (no rims) will be accepted.  Every vehicle may enter one time during the event and drop off a maximum of ten tires. Special collections are held.

 

 

DISCLAIMER
Allegany County Government does not endorse any of the organizations listed.