Recycling Collection

Curbside Collection Program Change:

As of July 1, 2015 plastic bags and plastic film is no longer accepted in the City's collection curbside recycling program.

recycling bin

The Public Works Department collects household recycling from all single family homes and most small apartment buildings within the City of Takoma Park. Residential recycling collection is a curbside collection service and is offered once a week.

New and replacement recycling bins are available from Public Works. See the "Recycling Bins" section below for details.

Important recycling collection information:

  • The recycling collection schedule is subject to holiday changes. The "Holiday Collection Schedule" page details how the schedule is set and when collection dates are changed due to a holiday.
  • Recycling collection service begins at 6:30 AM.
  • Recycling should be set out in recycling bins the night before your household's collection day.
  • Bottles, jars, and cans should be placed together in recycling bins.
  • Rinse or clean out items before placing in the recycling bin.
  • Paper should be bundled in a paper bag or tied with string before being placed in or beside recycling bins. This prevents paper from blowing out of bins or trucks.

Detailed information about what can and cannot be recycled in Takoma Park is available below.

Public Works also offers electronics recycling and collection of "pigtail"/spiral style (no flourescent tube) CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs. Electronic waste must be brought directly to the Public Works Facility. See the "Electronics Recycling" section for details.

Recycling Bins

Residents that need new or replacement bin should call Public Woks at 301-891-7633 or come to the Public Works Facility during office hours. The Public Works Facility is located at 31 Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

What Can Be Recycled in Takoma Park

The following items can be recycled in Takoma Park:


  • glass bottles and jars.


  • aerosol cans (empty)
  • aluminum foil and trays
  • metal cans
  • metal food and beverage containers

Mixed Material (Asceptic Packaging)

  • milk cartons
  • juice boxes


  • cardboard boxes (flatten or nest if possible)
  • catalogs
  • junk mail
  • magazines
  • newspapers and inserts
  • paper bags
  • paperboard (example: cereal boxes)
  • phone books
  • white and colored paper 
  • wrapping paper


As of July 1, 2015 plastic bags and plastic film is no longer accepted in the City's collection curbside recycling program.

NOTE: Plastic bags may be able to be returned for recycling at your local grocery store. Many have collection centers for clean bags in their entrance.

  • plastic bottles and jars (example: yogurt, shampoo, margarine, two-liters)
  • plastic buckets and tubs (example: ice cream, kitty litter, detergent containers, paint)
  • plastic flower pots

Not Accepted Recycling Items

The following items are not recyclable:

  • automotive parts, engines or tires
  • styrofoam
  • ceramics, dishes, pyrex, or glassware
  • clothes hangers
  • light bulbs
  • nails, screws, or cast iron
  • pots, pans or scrap metal
  • plastic utensils
  • paper towels or napkins
  • video or cassette tapes
  • windows, plate glass or mirrors
  • motor oil containers
  • plastic bags and plastic film 

The following items are not recyclable but can be disposed of through other curbside collection or Public Works programs:

  • household trash
  • food waste
  • electronics or appliances
  • household hazardous waste
  • yard waste

See the "Trash Collection", "Food Waste Collection" and "Yard Waste Collection" pages for more information on how to properly dispose of household trash, food waste and yard waste.

Public Works holds an annual hazardous household waste drop-off day to assist residents with safely disposing of hazardous household chemicals. Visit "Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day" for more information.

Electronics recycling info is available below.

Electronics Recycling

The following electronic items can be brought to the Public Works Facility for recycling:

  • computers and computer related components
  • cameras
  • televisions (non-console)
  • fax machines
  • answering machines
  • telephones
  • copiers, scanners, printers
  • VCRs, DVD players, CD players
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) (bulbs only, no fluorescent tubes)

Recycling & Trash Routes Map