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recycling bin, paper cart, and trash canMonday, July 4, 2016, Independence Day: No County-provided recycling or trash collections on July 4; all pickups that week slide by one day. Transfer Station closed July 4. See holiday details

To help avoid mosquito breeding: Store your recycling bin out of the rain. Though the bin has drain holes, dump out even small amounts of water. Do this weekly. See more mosquito tips.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 17th Annual Recycling Achievement Recognition Awards!

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

Neighborhood Mulch Preserves

Where are Mulch Preserves located?

Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station

16105 Frederick Rd.
Derwood, MD 20855
See Google Map

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


Our Shady Grove mulch site layout has changed

Effective May 27, 2016, mulch is available in a roll-off container. This is due to contruction on the Recycling Center building.

You may experience waits if other customers are ahead of you.

To load mulch into your vehicle, bring

This is our new layout:

roll-off container with mulch

E. E. Halmos Park

(Bodmer Ave Entrance)
Poolesville, MD 20837
Open: Daylight hours


What are Neighborhood Mulch Preserves?

Neighborhood Mulch Preserves are part of our effort to decentralize the management of yard trim, in this case, brush. This program helps us reduce the costs of transporting this material and of processing it into compost. Plus, the Preserves provide convenient community access to a free, valuable resource for yards and gardens: mulch!

How is the mulch made?

Brush — twigs and branches collected curbside from residents on their recycling day — is hauled to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. Here, the brush is passed through a tub grinder, which shreds the woody material into pieces roughly 2 to 4 inches long. The resulting mulch is then transported to the distribution sites listed below.

In January and February, the mulch is mostly from recycled Christmas trees. That's a great time to pick up a high-quality (not to mention fragrant!) mulch for use later in the year.)

Can you deliver mulch to me?

Sorry, we do not deliver mulch.

You must transport the mulch yourself. Also, you must cover all truck and trailer loads.

Do you supply loading tools and assistance?

You must load the mulch you wish to take. Please bring your own tools and bags or containers.

How can I use free County mulch?

The mulch from our Neighborhood Mulch Preserves is good for:

Mulch from our Neighborhood Mulch Preserves is not the same product that you buy from garden centers or nurseries!

Please observe these cautions:

Age the mulch before applying it. Our mulch is "green", or fresh. It must be aged for at least 6 to 8 months before it can be used for your flowers, vegetables, or other plants with tender or shallow root systems.

Wear protective clothing. Mulch may contain allergens, poison ivy, termites, and/or carpenter ants. (Composting/curing may eliminate most of these problems.) Wear proper clothing when handling this mulch, such as a long sleeve shirt and pants, gloves, eye protection and a dust mask.

The Division of Solid Waste Services makes no guarantee about the quality of the mulch, nor assumes any liability for injury or property damage as a result of the use of this mulch.

Can I use free County mulch on playgrounds?

We do not recommend this mulch for use on playgrounds.