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Yes, wide mouth plastic containers are accepted for recycling, this includes peanut butter jars, margarine tubs and yogurt containers. All recyclables should be emptied and lightly rinsed. Caps, labels and lids can remain on bottles, cans and jars.
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Please call 410-638-3018 for questions about solid waste services. Please direct inquiries about recycling to 410-638-3417. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Harford Waste Disposal Center accepts many materials for disposal from County residents including: Putrescible household trash and garbage Bulky items such as furniture, bookshelves, used carpeting, etc. Mattresses and cushions Recyclable materials including paper and cardboard, rigid plastics labeled #1-#7, aluminum cans, tin cans, and glass bottles Used motor oil Used antifreeze Old gasoline and gas/oil mixtures (limited to no more than 10 gallons) Used tires off the rim (tires exceeding 32-inch diameter shall first be quartered) Wet cell batteries Empty refillable propane cylinders not greater than 20 pound capacity Used clothing Scrap metal, metal objects, and appliances including copper wire and tubing Computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, and mice Construction and demolition debris (plywood, lumber, doors and door casings, windows and window casings, garage doors, sheds, posts, timber ties, wood associated with swing sets, fencing, drywall, cinder block, brick, asphalt, shingles, tiles, and concrete ) not exceeding 25% of the volume of the vehicle’s load Latex Paint Yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs; and Non-friable asbestos (please call 410-638-3638 for specific instructions). The Tollgate yard trim drop-off facility only accepts residential yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs December - March Saturdays only; and April - November Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..
Liquid Waste Friable Asbestos Chemicals and chemical constituents in containers with volumes which are greater than that typically found in retail stores catering to the homeowner (including solvents and degreasers, oil based paint, thinners, herbicides, pesticides) Poisons Acids or caustic liquids Explosives or ordinance Hot ashes Radioactive substances Vehicles (including automobiles, RV’s, trucks, motorcycles Drums unless emptied and flattened Compressed gas cylinders (other than refillable 20-pound propane cylinders) Septage Logs and stumps Soil or stone Limitations on certain materials including but not limited to construction and demolition debris. Bureau of Solid Waste Management Rules (PDF)
The Harford Waste Disposal Center and Harford Mulch & Compost Facility are open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday. It is closed Sundays and County Holidays.
The Tollgate Yard Trim drop-off operating hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April-November: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. December-March: Saturday only.
Please note the fees for pick-ups and trailers are based on a bed size of no more than 3 feet high and 8-feet long. Beds exceeding these dimensions shall be weighed on the scales and pay the current tipping fee of $72/ton. Cost will be based on the actual weight of the waste, which could be less than $72. The minimum charge of $7 is required at the time of weighing. Any subsequent charge, based on the actual weight, will be collected upon exiting the Harford Waste Disposal Center.
Credit cards for residential transactions for the disposal of solid waste only. Unfortunately we can not accept debit cards or checks. Cash transactions will continue to be required for bulk sales of mulch and compost.
Harford Waste Disposal Center (HWDC)
From South - North on Route 1 to Route 543. Left on 543 five miles, right on Route 440 two miles to Scarboro Road. Right on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance.
From East - Route 22 West to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance.
From West - Route 165 to Route 543 to Route 440. Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left into HWDC entrance.
From North - Route 1 South to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road to HWDC.
Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-off Facility Located at 701 N. Tollgate Road, across from the entrance to the County Farm Fair/Equestrian Center. From Bel Air, proceed to Tollgate Road from either business Route 1 or Boulton Street , after the Route 1 Bypass overpass, drive past the Equestrian Center. The entrance to the drop-off facility will be on the right which is shared with the entrance for the Ma and Pa trail parking access. Proceed up the hill past the chain link gate.
You need to contact your private trash collector about any problems with service. Harford County does not perform nor manage the trash collection services.
The licensed companies providing residential curbside trash pick-up and recycling pick-up in Harford County include
Bartenfelder Sanitation Services: 410-420-9220
Harford County Trash Services: 443-841-6253
Republic Services: 800-284-7056
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. Harford County does not endorse the use of any particular company.
Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Electronics Recycling Brochure (PDF)
Latex paint can be disposed of in the regular trash if it is first solidified by opening the paint can lid in an open safe area. Drying can be accelerated by adding kitty litter, wood chips, sawdust, or paint hardener (found in most paint stores/paint departments). Once the paint has dried and solidified it can be added to the household trash. Latex paint can be brought to the Harford Waste Disposal Center in liquid form and poured into a metal bin specifically designated for latex paint (charges apply).
For additional information, please call Office of Recycling, 410-638-3417. Used Motor Oil & Anti-freeze Recycling Sites
Tires are accepted at the Harford Waste Disposal Center with no more than 5 tires per year. Maximum diameter of whole tires is 32-inches. Tires in excess of 32-inch diameter shall be first quartered.
County residents may self-load the equivalent of 3-30 gallons trash cans of material at no charge per trip. Alternatively, residents may purchase bulk quantities at $10 per cubic yard.
You may utilize the Health Department Edgewood disposal kiosk or safely dispose at home. For more information go to https://harfordcountyhealth.com/sharps-disposal/