If you are trying to be a "good recycler" but find it difficult to remember all the rules about what is and what is not recyclable via Anne Arundel County, join the club! Plus, there are other ways to recycle and earn points. Here are a couple of links that may help you figure it out:
About Lori, creator of Sister Eden: "I'm hell-bent on doing all I can to take better care of the planet. Since people ask me questions all the time about recycling and all things green, I created Sister Eden as a platform to share my knowledge and inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth – for our health and the health of the planet."
TerraCycle: Offers a range of national, easy-to-use free recycling platforms allowing everyone to #RecycleEverything, as well as Loop, a sustainable shopping experience moving the world away from single-use packaging.
Pet Food Bags: From the Town of Truckee, CA, here's a great site for info that works the same as Anne Arundel County on pet food bags and other plastic bags. In essence, Do Not Recycle Lined Bags. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t tear the paper, it can’t be recycled. Most pet food bags are lined with paper and plastic layers that have been sealed together and should not be recycled. If the layers can be separated, do so. If the pet food bag is only made out of plastic, it can be recycled with other plastic bags.
Anne Arundel County picks up trash, recyclables and yard waste ONCE A WEEK, on Tuesdays. For more information click
To contact the Dept. of Public Works about getting yellow recycle bins, use their online form Contact DPW or call 1-(410) 222-6100. You do not need a yellow recycling container to recycle in Anne Arundel County; you can use any container that works best for you, just be sure to mark it with "X" and please make sure the loaded container does not weigh more than 40 pounds.
River Oaks Trash Guidelines
Trash stored outside and/or blowing around the community is a nuisance and an eyesore, and is a violation of the By-Laws regarding the neat and orderly appearance of units and the community.
Please place trash bags, boxes, cans, recycling bins, and any other refuse you want collected ON THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF YOUR GARAGE UNIT OR, FOR NON-GARAGE UNITS, ON CONCRETE SURFACES NEAR THE MAILBOXES, CURBS, ISLANDS OR LIGHT POLES. COLLECTORS WILL NOT PICK UP TRASH ON SIDEWALKS BETWEEN CARS (FOR NON-GARAGE UNITS.)
1. Trash must not be stored in front of units or driveways, yards or on stoops.
2. Trash must not be placed outside for collection prior 4 p.m. the night before collection. Household trash, recyclables and yard trash are all collected once a week on Tuesdays.
3. Avoid having your trash container blow into the street by using a well-secured plastic bag instead. If you choose to use a container, mark it with your address.
4. After a major snow storm, it is likely that trash collection will be delayed by at least a day. Although the Board makes every attempt to notify the River Oaks Email Group if trash collection is delayed, you are requested to confirm for yourself when collection will occur so as not to deposit your trash and/or recyclables sooner than the night before collection. Trash and recyclables sitting on snowy and icy curbs and sidewalks for an extra day or two dangerously impedes pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
General guidelines from Anne Arundel County Waste Management for weekly curbside collections:
Compressed gas tanks such as propane tanks/helium tanks/oxygen tanks
Liquids including paint
Drum containers/fuel tanks/oil tanks
Building and construction materials
Residential medical waste including needles should be placed in heavy plastic containers, covered with lids and put in your trash.
Bulky and hard-to-handle items will not be collected. However, the County does provide separate collection for bulky items. Please see Bulk Item Collection or consider donating items to a charitable organization.
Use watertight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers for trash.
Plastic waste bags (not paper bags or boxes) are also acceptable. Do not use cardboard boxes since they are recyclable and will be collected on your recycling day.
No more than four, 32-gallon containers of trash will be collected on your collection day.
Emptied or dried out paint cans will be accepted in your trash. Oil-base paint is hazardous and is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days. Latex paint is not hazardous, but leaves a sticky mess on employees, equipment, and your streets. If you can not dry it out, latex paint may be taken to any convenience center (limit 5 gallons per visit). Please consolidate multiple cans of paint into one can.
New residents do not need to contact the County to start service. Trash and recyclable items placed at the curb on the designated days will be collected.
Christmas trees must be free from all lights, ornamentation and tree bags. Only natural trees will be collected. Trees over 4 feet tall must be cut in half.
Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees are yard waste. They are chipped into mulch, a valuable soil covering.
Anne Arundel County collects large items that do not fit into recycling or trash containers.
Household Recycling and Trash MADE SIMPLE brochure
Large plastic items such as children’s toys and playsets can be recycled. The items should be placed next to your recycling container(s) with other paper, plastic, metal and glass recyclables on your collection day. Visit www.RecycleMoreOften.com for more details about recycling large plastic items.
Large metal items and appliances, like swing sets, refrigerators, and lawn mowers, can be recycled. Call Customer Service at 1-(410) 222-6100 to schedule a collection. Please do not place metal items at the curb on your weekly curbside collection day. Metal items that will fit in your vehicle should be brought to one of our recycling centers for recycling.
Sofas, wooden bookshelves, tables, and rolls of carpet are typical trash examples that do not fit into containers. The items should be placed next to your trash container(s) on your collection day. Please set out only three items at a time on your weekly collection day. Do not place wood and lumber or building and construction materials for collection as bulky trash. These items are not collected curbside.
Please consider donating your useable items to a charitable organization. Some organizations offer free collection for items in good condition. Click here for details.