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Thursday, March 5, 2015: County-provided recycling and trash collections cancelled today, due to forecast snow; Thursday and Friday collections will slide one day. The Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center are closed.
See revised collection schedule for this week.

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OPERATING STATUS: Recycling/trash collection - cancelled 3/5/15 ∣ Transfer Station recycling/trash drop-offs - closed 3/5/2015

You must cover your load

covered truck bedBringing recyclables or trash to our Solid Waste Transfer Station and Processing Facility? Picking up mulch from one of our Neighborhood Mulch Preserves?

Montgomery County's Code requires you to cover your load. This applies to

What happens if you transport an uncovered load?

If we see you with an uncovered load, we may issue you a

What does the County Code state?

The cover requirement is in Chapter 48, "Solid Wastes", of the County Code.

Section 48-19. Licensing of collectors and haulers.

(a) Required; application.

(1) Solid waste must not be collected or transported in the County except by a licensed collector or hauler.

(2) However, this Section does not prohibit:

(A) a person from transporting the person's own solid waste to an approved solid waste acceptance facility in a closed-body vehicle or a vehicle covered by a tarpaulin or canvas tightly fastened in a manner that will prevent the loss of any material being transported; or

(B) a licensed collector or hauler from transporting solid waste firmly sealed and secured in cardboard boxes or plastic bags to an approved solid waste acceptance facility in an open, flat-body vehicle covered by a tarpaulin or canvas which is tightly fastened in a manner that will prevent the loss of any material being transported.