Recycle Right in Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Recycle Right in Gaithersburg, Maryland


Gaithersburg Begins Tagging Campaign to Help Residents Recycle Right.

Select Gaithersburg neighborhoods will be part of an outreach effort to encourage residents to be better recyclers. Starting in August, staff in the City’s Public Works Department will post “Oops” tags on recycling bins that contain inappropriate materials. The bins will be left behind, to be collected on the next regular recycling day if the contaminating materials have been removed. Staff will be available in these neighborhoods to answer questions:


Monday, August 2 - Gateway Commons 

Wednesday, August 11 - Amberfield       

Thursday August 19 - The Orchards         

Friday, August 26 - Diamond Farms

Tuesday, August 31 - Foxwood  


The weekly recycling service that the City of Gaithersburg provides is an important part of protecting the environment, managing waste, reducing emissions, and adding jobs to the economy. Despite extensive educational outreach, we find that many residents are Wish-Cycling, placing unacceptable material in the recycling bin hoping it will be recycled. Wish-Cycling does more harm than good. Putting unacceptable material in a recycling bin makes the sorting process difficult. It is less efficient, more costly and makes the material less desirable to manufacturers, and it’s more likely to be sent to the landfill or incinerated. In Gaithersburg, nearly one out of every ten items placed in a recycling bin can’t actually be recycled.


To improve on these numbers, signage will be placed in select communities a week in advance of the tagging effort to encourage residents to Recycle Right. The City will then start tagging bins that contain unacceptable items. If items such as plastic bags and Styrofoam are found in bins, the entire container will be tagged as rejected. If those items are removed, the bin will be collected on the next regular recycling day. If bins get full while waiting, residents can place proper recyclables in a cardboard box or other container for pick up.


If this program is successful, additional neighborhoods will be targeted for outreach.

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This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.




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Comments (8)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... despite all the similar programs and notices in our area... I see people not recycling properly all the time. It's not brain surgery... 

Jul 28, 2021 12:30 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Our town has stopped the service. It is so sad to have to put our recycleables in with the trash.  I guess the place they were sending them to stopped accepting them. I'm hoping they find a new source and start the program again.

Jul 28, 2021 01:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley,

Recently, there was information that certain plastic recyclibes command less $ than others and will not be accepted because they are not profitable. . 

Jul 28, 2021 04:12 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Roy.

My wife is big into recycling,  we do it every week.

Jul 29, 2021 12:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This is important local information for citizens of Gaithersburg, Roy.  It's good that your community is recycle aware.

Jul 29, 2021 07:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Aug 02, 2021 08:24 AM