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Monday, September 1, 2014 - Labor Day: No County-provided recycling or trash collections on September 1; all collections that week shift by one day. Transfer Station closed on September 1. See holiday details. Sign up for email or text holiday reminders.

OPERATING STATUS: Recycling/trash collection - normal ∣ Transfer Station recycling/trash drop-offs - normal hours

Drop-off Locations and Hours for Recyclables and Trash

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Be prepared to provide proof of Montgomery County residency or evidence that waste was generated in Montgomery County. This is required, and we may ask for it at any time.

Remember to cover your load!

Shady Grove Transfer Station

When is the Transfer Station open?

See holiday schedules for the Transfer Station

For fastest drop-offs, avoid days after holidays and the middle of the day. Our slower periods tend to be 8:00 to 10:00 am and 3:00 to 5:00 pm, plus evenings for the Route 355 / Frederick Road entrance.

Throughout the winter months, we may delay the Transfer Station's opening or close during the day if icy, unsafe conditions exist. The facility will remain closed until we have treated site roads and operational areas. We will do this as needed and not necessarily in accordance with other County facility closures.

Where is the Transfer Station located?

The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station is located at:

16101 Frederick Road
Derwood MD 20855

See driving directions to the Transfer Station

From Northbound I-270

  • Take Exit 8 for Shady Grove Rd toward Redland Boulevard
  • Continue on Redland Boulevard, through the intersection with Gaither Road
  • Turn left (north) on to Frederick Road (Route 355). Get into the rightmost lane.
  • To use Car Entrance:
    • At the second traffic light, turn right into the Transfer Station/Recycling Center complex.
  • To use Truck Entrance:
    • At the third traffic light, turn right onto Shady Grove Road.
    • At the first traffic light past Route 355, turn right into the Transfer Station complex. If you pass The Great Indoors store, you have gone too far.

From Southbound I-270

  • Take Exit 9A for 370.
  • Then, take the Rockville exit to Shady Grove Road.
  • At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, turn left (east) onto Shady Grove Road.
  • To use Car Entrance:
    • Immediately get into the rightmost lane, and then turn right (south) onto Frederick Road (Route 355). Get into the leftmost lane.
    • At the next traffic light, turn left into the Transfer Station/Recycling Center complex.
  • To use Truck Entrance:
    • Continue on Shady Grove Road, through the intersection with Frederick Road (Route 355).
    • At the first traffic light past Route 355, turn right into the Transfer Station complex. If you pass The Great Indoors store, you have gone too far.

From Frederick Road (Route 355)

  • If heading North on Frederick Road (Route 355):
    • cross King Farm Boulevard
    • turn right into the Transfer Station/Recycling Center property at the next traffic light
  • If heading South on Frederick Road (Route 355):
    • cross Shady Grove Road
    • turn left at the next traffic light

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What does it cost to drop off material at the Transfer Station?

Check our Transfer Station fee schedule to determine the charge for the materials you are bringing.

What materials does the Transfer Station accept?

The Transfer Station accepts

Where do I take materials within Transfer Station site?

Our Transfer Station site map (PDF, 482 kb) shows the location of material drop-offs within the facility.

Poolesville Beauty Spot

When is the Beauty Spot open?

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  • Saturday and Sunday: open 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Monday through Friday: closed

Throughout the winter, the Poolesville Beauty Spot will close whenever the Highway Services Depot, in which it is located, needs to switch over to salting and snow removal operations. When possible, we send out closure notifications. Sign up for notifications.

Where is the Beauty Spot located?

The Poolesville Beauty Spot is located in the Poolesville Highway Maintenance Depot:

19200 Jerusalem Road
Poolesville MD 20837


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What materials does the Beauty Spot accept?

We accept loads of bulk trash up to 499 pounds from your home at the Beauty Spot. See examples of bulk trash items.

The Beauty Spot does not accept:

What does it cost to drop off material at the Beauty Spot?

Bring bulk trash from your home to the Beauty Spot at no additional charge.

Why is it called a "Beauty Spot"?

When it was opened, this facility was intended to discourage roadside dumping by providing a convenient drop-off location for bulky waste at no charge. That would “beautify” the surrounding Upcounty area, and led to the name “Beauty Spot”.

May I take materials from the Transfer Station, Recycling Center, or Beauty Spot?

Sorry, under the Code of Maryland Regulations 26.04.07.03(7), you may not scavenge or salvage items from our facilities.