St. Mary's Expands List of Items That Can be Recycled

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 9, 2008)—The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County announced the expansion of the county’s single-stream recycling program. Single-stream recycling means that consumers do not have to separate materials to be recycled into separate containers depending upon the type of material. All items can be placed into a single container.

The new and additional items include: aerosol cans, aluminum foil and pans, aseptic packaging/gable top milk/juice cartons, bagged plastic film such as grocery bags, stretch film and shrink wrap and lastly bulky rigid plastics such as plastic milk/soda crates, empty plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes and lids, empty plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic flower pots, plastic drinking cups, plastic 5-gallon water bottles, plastic pallets, plastic toys and empty plastic garbage/recycling bins.

The new items will be accepted beginning Monday, November 10.

Items to be recycled can be dropped off at any of the six convenience centers located throughout the county or the St. Andrews Landfill on St. Andrews Church Road (MD Route 4).

The county also recycles organix material by grinding it into mulch, which is made available free to all county residents. The mulch is located at the St. Andrews Landfill, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring a shovel, pitchfork or similar hand tool to load the mulch and a tarp to cover the load, if necessary.

For more information about St. Mary’s County recycling efforts, visit or call 301-863-8400.

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