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The AA County Department of Public Works/ Waste Management Services divides refuse into four main categories:
  • Trash
  • Recyclables
  • Yard Waste
  • Bulk Items
Every Tuesday we get three trucks removing these items from our alleyways. There are certain guidelines that must be adhered to or they will not be removed. An example is Recyclables need to be in the official yellow container or marked with an large X on the outside of a plastic bag with tape or a magic marker.  Xmas trees must be cut in half etc.
We ask residents to keep their trash cans lids closed tight or if plastic bags are used to keep them tied tight so loose trash does not get blown down the street; yes some people do not understand this basic concept!  Also trash should be put out the evening prior to scheduled removal, It should not be left out days prior to pickup.
Large metal bulk items such as broken dishwasher can be picked up for free, just call 410-222-6100 ext. 0 and make an appointment.
Pick-up days can change for holidays, see link below:
Below are the guidelines from the AA county website

Each material, trash, recycling, and yard waste, is collected by a separate truck.  Although the trucks all look similar, recycling and yard waste trucks are marked with recycling symbols.  

General Guidelines
  • The loaded containers cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each so they can be lifted safely. 
  • Place containers at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.  Contractors make collections between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Mark all yard waste containers and non-County issued recycling containers with an “X” so the collectors know it’s recycling, not trash. County issued yellow containers need not be marked with “X’s”. Do not place yard waste in a County issued yellow container.
  • Containers may be placed at the curb the night before your collection day.
  • You can recycle all the paper, plastic, metal, and glass that comes into your home.  Visit for detailed information.
  • You can put as many containers of recycling at the curb as you need. 
  • Use containers such as County issued yellow containers, a container of your choice or clear plastic bags marked with an “X” so the collectors know it’s recycling, not trash.
  • Do not use dark trash bags for paper, plastic, metal and glass.
  • Place paper, plastic, metal, and glass together in the same recycling container(s).
  • Large bulky plastics, such as lawn furniture, buckets, toys, pools, and play-sets can be placed next to your recycling container(s).
  • Large, bulky metal items and appliances must be scheduled for collection by calling our Customer Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Yard Waste
  • Yard waste is grass, leaves, tree limbs and branches from your yard.
  • You can put as much yard waste at the curb as you need to.
  • Tree limbs and branches must be less than 4 feet in length, with a maximum branch diameter of 4 inches.
  • Put leaves, brush, branches and grass clippings in a bag or container and mark with an "X".
  • If not containerized, branches must be tied into bundles (not to exceed 4 ft/4" diameter). 
  • Do not place yard waste in a County issued yellow container.
  • You are limited to 4 containers of trash per week.  If you generate more than this limit, please visit
  • Use black plastic bags or watertight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers. Trash placed in containers should be bagged to ensure your trash can is emptied completely, and avoid a mess.  Please do not use cardboard boxes or paper bags since they are recyclable.
  • Large, bulky trash items, such as mattresses, box springs, sofas, and dressers should be placed next to your trash containers or bags. 
  • Large, bulky metal items and appliances must be scheduled for collection by calling our Customer Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Residential customers can place needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects in puncture-proof, hard plastic containers you can't see through. Or use metal containers with lids; reinforced with tape. Lids that screw on tightly are best. Then place the sealed container with your trash --- never in a recycling bin. You may also find instructions on disposing of expired and unused medications on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.
  • The following materials are not collected at your home because of special handling requirements.  Please visit problem products page to determine how to get rid of these materials.
Compressed gas tanks such as propane tanks/helium tanks/oxygen tanks 
Liquids including paint 
Drum containers/fuel tanks/oil tanks 
Building and construction materials
Dead animals or carcasses
Customer Care Service Representatives at (410) 222-6100 weekdays, between 7:30am and 4:00pm