Gaithersburg Bulk Pick Up Program Changes to On Demand Service

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Gaithersburg Bulk Pick Up Program Changes to On Demand Service


Starting in September, 2020, the City of Gaithersburg is changing its bulk refuse collection program to make it more convenient for residents, more efficient for staff, and more thoughtful of the environment.

"Not only are we continuing to provide this great service, but we're improving it in that our residents can now better schedule it according to their needs," said Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman.

Single family homes and townhouse communities have traditionally received bulk pick up collection on the first regularly scheduled recycling day of the month. Residents may now schedule a bulk pick up on any of their regular recycling days, with a limit of one per month.

“Right now our bulk pick up crews visit all neighborhoods the first week of each month looking for items that might not even be there,” said Tony Berger, Acting Director of the Department of Public Works.

“This new process will allow us to make better use of staff time, cut down on fuel consumption in our trucks, and even reduce greenhouse gas emission by traveling fewer road miles.”

Appointments are being accepted now for pick ups starting in September. They can be requested via an online form, by emailing, or by calling 301-258-6370. Items should not be put out until the appointment is confirmed by City staff and instructions have been provided about where to leave the items.

The City’s bulk pick up program collects large household items such as furniture, mattresses, computers, scrap metal, including appliances, lawnmowers, iron furniture, and more. No contractor debris is allowed. For a complete list of what is and is not accepted, visit the Bulk Pick Up webpage on the City’s website. Download the Recycle Coach app for additional recycling tips, notifications, and a look up tool for what can and cannot be recycled under the City’s program.


This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.


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Comments (9)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I wish that Mesa had a bulk pickup program.  Right next door Gilbert has a good one.

Aug 18, 2020 07:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy, What a great idea to have an appointment system for the resindents of your community. A

Aug 18, 2020 07:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that all fits into the current state of the virus.... change across the board is inevitable, Roy....

Aug 18, 2020 07:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, nice to get the word out, and if they have more than usual to put out, this is good news.

Aug 18, 2020 07:41 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - I wish we had more bulk pickup in our area.  We have recycling days to drop things off.

Aug 18, 2020 08:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - congratulations to the city of Gaithersburg Maryland as they address another important issue.  I was recently reading that there is an increase in home improvement projects that has shown a need for bulk pick-up programs.  

Aug 18, 2020 07:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That program sounds similar to the way bulk refuge is handled in my community.

Aug 19, 2020 05:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Aug 19, 2020 07:34 AM