Disposal of Electronics, Light Bulbs, Tires, etc.
The City's trash and recycling program cannot accept certain materials; if you need to dispose of these items, please follow the instructions below. Please confirm this information by visiting the website for the Washington County Solid Waste Department, or by calling (240) 313-2790, as their policies and disposal rates may change over time. Washington County operates five (5) facilities for recycling drop-off; please call the phone number listed for each facility for operating hours and additional information:
Forty West Landfill
12360 Earth Care Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Greensburg Conv. Center
13125 Bikle Road
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Hancock Conv. Center
6502 Hess Road
Hancock, MD 21750
Dargan Conv. Center
2201 Dargan School Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Kaetzel Conv. Center
2926 Kaetzel Road
Knoxville, MD 21758
All electronic equipment should be taken to Washington County's Forty West Landfill. Residents need to cross the scales before disposal. The minimum cost is $10.00 (for the first 380 lbs); additional fees apply over 380 lbs. See the County's Solid Waste Department's website for more information.
Residential Electrical Wiring
The recycling facility at Washington County's Forty West Landfill will accept household electrical wiring, appliance wiring, cell phone chargers, A/C adaptors, and Christmas tree lights. The facility will not accept television coax cable. Contact the County's Recycling Office at (240) 313-2796 for more information.
Flourescent Light Bulbs
Residential customers are permitted to dispose of flourescent light bulbs in their regular trash. Any businesses or residents with large amounts of light bulbs must contact the County's Solid Waste Department for disposal instructions.
All used tires should be taken to Washington County's Forty West Landfill. The disposal fee for car tires is $3.00 each (up to 6 tires); for more than 6 tires, you must cross the scales before disposal. As an alternative, you may schedule to have the City pick-up your tires; please refer to the Bulk Trash Pick Up page for more details.
Small household (single use) batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash. Small rechargeable batteries, or batteries from cars, trucks, lawn equipment, etc., can be taken to Washington County's Forty West Landfill for recycling. The Landfill provides a specified area just for batteries, with no drop-off fee.
Used Motor Oil, Antifreeze, or Vegetable Oil
All five of Washington County's recycling locations will accept up to five (5) gallons of used motor oil, antifreeze, or vegetable oil per visit.
Prescription Drugs or Medications
Drugs and medications should not be disposed of in the regular household trash or recycling, or flushed down a drain or toilet. The Hagerstown Police Department has installed a Medication Drop-Off box at the Police Station, and the Washington County Sheriff's Department also has a Prescription Drug Turn-In Program to assist residents with proper disposal of these items.
Plastic Grocery Bags, Shrink Wrap, & VHS videotapes
These items can be recycled at Washington County's Forty West Landfill.
Styrofoam (white block only)
White block Styrofoam can be recycled at Washington County's Forty West Landfill
Thermostats containing mercury
Contact the Washington County Solid Waste Department at (240) 313-2790 for disposal instructions.
Paint cannot be disposed of in the regular trash if it is in liquid form; it must first be solidified or dried out. Use kitty litter, sand, torn up newspaper, or dirt to absorb the liquid, or (for small amounts) remove the can's lid and allow the paint to air dry for several days. Once the paint is solidified or dried, it can be disposed of with the regular trash.