Recycling A-Z

Aluminum Beverage Cans 

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites. Rinse. Crush (Optional)
    Call Landfil office for contact list. 301.387.0322
  • Allegany Scrap, 10801 Day Road, SE; Cumberland, MD 21502
  • Bates Tire & Auto, 123 Bates Rd., Markleysburg, PA 15459; 724.329.5263
  • Blockhead Recycling, 802 E. Oakl Street, Oakland, MD 21550
  • Double M Recycling, 406 Swanton Rd., Swanton, MD 21550; 301.533.3500
  • Ours Auto Salvage, Rt. 39, Oakland, MD 21550; 301.334.8497
  • Martin's Junkyard, 1076 Pysell Crosscut Rd., Oakland, MD 21550; 301.334.8340
  • Penn-Mar, 975 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD., 21502; 301.724.1000
  • Sunrise Sanitation Services, P.O. Box 675, Oakland, MD 21550; 301.334.6216

Aluminum Can Tabs 

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites
  • Ronald McDonald House (Morgantown, WV) 855.227.7435


Appliances or White Goods (i.e., Water Heater, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher) 

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites Except Friendsville - Bulk Item Fee $5
  • Tipping fee @ $50 per ton at GC landfill; Appliances with Freon (i.e., Freezers, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers) - Accepted ONLY at landfill location for $10 Fee
  • Retail In-Store Take-Back Program

Automobiles (Engines & Automobile Parts)

  • Make-A-Wish-Mid-Atlantic location (
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown 855.227.7435
  • Any Salvage Yard


  • Advance Auto (ALL BATTERIES)
  • Battery Mart, 1 Battery Drive, Winchester, VA 22601, 800.405.2121;; 800.8528127; Cell phones, mp3 players, rechargeable batteries, NiCad, single-use
  • Battery Warehouse (Cumberland)
  • Automotive Retailers accept Car/Truck batteries ONLY
  • Lowe's accept rechargeable batteries Only
  • Best Buy accept rechargeable batteries Only

Bikes & Household Misc. 

  • Garrett County Swap Shops (All sites)
  • Horizon Goodwill Industries (Oakland/Grantsville); 301.533.1950
  • Nearly New (St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 126 E. Liberty St., Oakland, MD.) 301.334.4699
  • Christian Crossing (Take Garage/Yard Sale Stickers off of Items) 301.334.6339
  • Habitat for Humanity Store; Call for Hours; 301.533.2180
  • 2500 47th St., Unit 12, Boulder, CO 80301, 303.258.1611 Recycle Clean Bike Tubes, Climbing Ropes, Wetsuits, Grain Bags and Event Banners/Tent/
  • Billboards. Contact recycling@greenguru/com for shipping instructions.


  • Make-A-Wish-Mid-Atlantic location


  • 1644 Smithfield Way, Oviedo, FL 32765; 800.421.3659 Sell Your Textbooks For Cash. Enter ISBN # for Instant Quote (It's Found on Back Cover of Most Books near Barcode or UPC Symbol.) Shipping is FREE With UPS.
  • Green Recycling Program 1871 E. Wild Willow Lane, Sandy, UT 84093; 801.523.8069 Program offers Textbook Recycling at your own Cost. It is suggested you use Media Mail at USPS to send.
  • International Book Project 1440 Delaware Avenue, Lexinton KY 40505 859.254.6771 This Program accepts Books in Excellent Condition Only. Please do not Donate Books with Broken Bindings, Excessive Highlighting, or Torn/Missing Pages. Books that are from the Year 2000 and up are desirable, Dictionaries and Vocational Books.


  •; 800.305.3475 CDs, Pagers, PDAs, Rechargeable Batteries, BluRays, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Toner/Inkjet cartridges, video tapes (and cases). You pay Shipping
  •; 1 park Dr. #9, Franklin, NJ 07419; 973.823.9752
  •; 68 stiles Rd., Salem, NH 03079; 603.894.5553 You pay Shipping

(Digital) Cameras, Candy Wrappers, Cell Phones, Chip Bags, Cigarettes, Corks, Etc

  • TerraCycle Mail-In Recycling Brigade Program 609.393.4252. TerraCycle offers National Programs (Brigades) to Collect Previously Non-Recyclable or Hard to Recycle Waste. While Some Programs Have a Cost, Most Brigades are Free and Offer Free Shipping. Visit Website to find out what is Currently Available. Possible Fundraising Opportunity.

Cardboard (Corrugated)

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites (Friendsville and 135 Site – Cardboard Must be Flattened.) Two pieces flat board w/ruffled layer in between; Shiny carboard o.k., Staples and Tape o.k., Pizza Boxes w/ no gooey food or grease (CLEAN) o.k.; No yellow cardboard or Shirt & Shoe Boxes or Soda Boxes

Ceiling Tiles

  •; 877.276.7876 Tiles must be pre-approved prior to Shipping. Call a Representative for Detailed Instructions.

Cell Phones

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites (Including landfill)
  •; 5705 Commerce Blvd., Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30004; 678.580.1976
  •; 882 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550; 301.334.6255
  •; 14429 Ventura Blvd., Suite 108, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423; 866.874.6759
  •; National Coalion Against Domestic Violence Cell Phone Donation Program; Cell phones, Laptops, Mp3, Digital Camera, Video Game Systems. Visit website for pre-paid postage Slip.
  •; 3300 Turfway Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018; 844.387.1106 Buy Iphones, Ipads, Iwatches. Visit site to get a quote.
  •; 3819 N 29th Ave., Hollywood FL 33020; 866.744.1003
  • GRC Wireless buys and recycles all phones. Visit site for pre-paid postage label. Donate cell phones or sell.

Christmas Tree Lights

  • Christmas Light Source Recycling Program 4313 Elmwood Dr., Benbrook, TX 76116 817.926.4877
  • Send in (broken or unbroken) lights, include name & email address, for a 10% off single order of Christmas lights. Your lights will be recycled & proceeds go to DFW Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
  • Environmental LED Christmas Light Recycling Program The LED Warehouse 109 E Prairie St., Vicksburg, MI 49097 Attn.: Christmas Light Recycling 866.465.7334 Include your name and Email address for a 10% off coupon for a future purchase, in a light cardboard box without any packing material or original boxes.
  • Christmas Light Recycling Program 118 Rosehill Dr., Suite 1, Jackson, MI 49202 866.492.4330 Send lights in cardboard box without packing material or original boxes with name and Email address. Fill out the Recycling Form confirming shipment sent and they will send you a coupon for 15% off next purchase.

Christmas Trees 

  • Accepted for collection: GC Landfill, January and February for recycling. (DNR Fisheries use for fish habitats.) 301.334.7492


  • Horizon Goodwill Industries (Oakland) 301.334.6339
  • Nearly New Shop 301.334.4699
  • Christian Crossing. Call for New Hours 301.334.6339
  • Habitat for Humanity Store 301.334.2180
  • Reuse as Rags


  • Accepted for collection: Bumble Bee, Garrett Highway, Grantsville, Landfill and Kings Run Refuse & Recycling Sites (Battery Backups, CD Burners, Electric Wire/Cable Cords, Flat Screen Computer Monitors, Hard Drives, Keyboards/Mouse/Peripherals, Laptops, Modems, Network Hardware, Power Supplies, Servers/Cabinets, etc.) Data Destruction Included.
  • Horizon Goodwill Industries (Grantsville/Oakland)
  • Dell Global Recycling 888.576.3818 Trade-In for store credit or recycle dell product. Pre-paid shipping label available.
  • Hewlett-Packard Planet Partners Recycling Program 888.485.1849 Pre-paid shipping label available.
  • PC Disposal Computers, Telephones, Main Frames, Printers, etc. 877.244.0250. $1,000,000 Service Guarantee that sensitive Data will be removed.

Cooking (Vege) Oil

  • ReFuel Pittsbugh Cooking Oil Drop-Off Site 214 N. Lexington St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 412.243.5025


  • Accepted for collection: Local Salvage Yards


  • Pre-paid shipping Label available. Please send a minimum of 500 corks.
  • 608 Crescent Circle, Great Falls, MT 59404, [email protected]; 877.894.7702



  • Accepted for collection: Grantsville, Bumble Bee, Kings Run, Landfill and Garrett Highway Refuse & Recycling Sites (No TV's or CRT Units)
  • Apple Recycling Program 888.638.2761 Trade-in cell phones, watches, tablets, Ipads, Mp3, Ipods, etc., for a NEW item. Pre-paid shipping available.
  • Dell Global Recycling 888.576.3818 Computers, Cell Phones, Monitors, Gaming Systems, Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, Watches, etc. Trade-In for store credit or recycle dell product. Pre-paid shipping label available.
  • Hewlett-Packard Planet Partners Recycling Program 888.485.1849 Computers, Cell Phones, Mp3 Office Machines, etc. Pre-paid shipping label available.
  • PC Disposal Computers, Telephones, Main Frames, Printers, etc. 877.244.0250 $1,000,000 Service Guarantee that sensitive Data will be removed.
  • PC Renewal Email: [email protected] 3848 Grafton Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 304.291.8550 (ph) 304.291.8552 (fax) PC Renewal Offers Hard Drive Shredding and Electronics Recycling. See the Website for Details on the Materials Accepted. Free Consultation.


  • Lions Club Receptacles or Through Members
    • Receptacle in Wal Mart near Eye Center
    • Receptacle in front of Arrowhead Grocery/Deli
    • Receptacle located in lobby at Regional Eye Center, 888 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550
  • 549 Millburne Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078 973.376.4903 Non-Profit Charity that accepts donations of cash & jewelry (no glasses during CoVid-19) to provide glasses to needy US residents & abroad. Tax Deduction Opportunity. See Ebay Store.

Fishing Line

  • Berkley Pure Fishing Company Fishing Line Recycling Program 1900 18th St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360 800.237.5539 This Program accepts Single Filament, Nylon Fishing Line that is Unbraided and does not Contain Wire. Lines that Have a lot of Plant Material Mixed in May Not be Recyclable. Fishing Line is Recycled into Tackle Boxes, Spools for Line, Fish Habitats, and Toys.

Fluorescent Bulbs, Lamps & Non-PCB Ballast

  • Accepted for collection: Garrett County Landfill Only
  • LOWES (Lobby)
  • Eco Lights Northwest Recycling Program 1915 S Corgiat Dr., Seattle, WA 98108 888-214-2327 Recycles ballasts, CFL's, mercury thermostats, NiCad Batteries, rechargeable batteries, & items containing mercury. The program offers pre-paid recycling kits for purchase.
  • 2200 Ogden Ave., #100, Lisle, IL 60532 888.640.6700 Ballasts, CFL's, Electronics, Mercury Thermostats, NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, etc. The program offers pre-paid recycling kits for purchase. Through EasyPak, you will receive a certificate officially recognizing your recycing efforts.
  • Mercury Technologies of Minnesota Lamp Recycling Program Pine City Industrial Park, P.O. Box 13, Pine City, MN 55063-0013 800.864.3821 Accepts CFL's, Fluorescent tubes and Ballasts. The program offers pre-paid recycling kits for purchase and also accepts HID and incandescent lamps.
  • USA Lamps & Ballast Recycling, Inc. 800.778.6645 Program accepts CFL's, Fluorescent Tubes, Ballasts, NiCad Batteries, items containing Mercury, Rechargeable Batteries and Incandescent Bulbs. The program offers pre-paid recycling kits for purchase.
  • Waste Management Lamp Tracker 800.664.1434 Fluorescent Tubes, Ballasts, CFL's, Medical Waste, Aerosol Cans, E-Scrap, Smoke Detectors, Mercury Thermostats, NiCad Batteries, etc. The program offers pre-paid recycling kits for purchase.
  • Heritage Lifecycle Mailback 803.829.8109 Fluorescent Tubes, CFL's, Rechargeable Batteries, NiCad Batteries, Expired Medications, Smoke Alarms, Lead Aprons, and Exit Signs. See Site for details on the Programs.

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites (Rinse & Remove Lids) Sort by color: clear, brown/blue, green/red


  • Non-profit organization providing hair to disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
  • Accepted for collection: Local HairSalons have forms & Mailers

Inkjet Toner Cartridges

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites
  • Through Individual Manufacturer (Check Carton for Return Envelope)
  •; 800.416.5251 Program supplies pre-paid labels. Excellent fundraising Source.
  •; 6801 Shakespeare R., Columbia, SC 29223 888.531.8119
  • [email protected] 888.883.8237 Company collects inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, and cell phones. Possible Fundraising Opportunity
  • Evolve Recycling 888.336.9181 Pre-paid shipping label. Possible Fundraising Opportunity

Junk Mail

  • Accepted for collection: Recycle with Office Paper at Landfill, Garrett Highway, Kings Run, Grantsville & Bumble Bee (i.e., Envelopes and Folders Acceptable; Staples and Tape Acceptable). Contact office for information on how to stop junk mail, email, catalogs, etc. 301.334.7492

Laser Toner Cartridges

  • Accepted for collection: All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites


  • The Bra Recyclers 3317 S Higley Rd., Suite #114-441, Gilbert, AZ 85297 480.988.2283 All bras must be washed. Please fill out the recycling form on website and mail to the Attn.: of Elaine Birks-Mitchell. Tax Donation Opportunity.



  • GC Landfill for fee (Must Be taken out of Bags) NO bio-degradable bags allowed in compost pile. NO LEAVES IN RESIDENTIAL BINS. Tipping fee @ $50.00 per ton.
  • COMPOST MAY BE TAKEN FROM LANDFILL FOR FREE. Assistance may be available - Call office prior to arrival 301.387.0322. 


  • Bumble Bee, Grantsville, Landfill, Kings Run and Garrett Highway Refuse & Recycling Sites (Coupons, Brochures, Shiny Paper and GREETING CARDS). Items may NOT be taken from the BIN.


  • 679 Washington St., Unit 8-135, South Attleboro, MA 02703 They accept engraved medals, metal cups and metal plates. You pay shipping.

Medical (Professional) Sharps

  • Heritage Lifecycle Mailback 803.829.8109 Fluorescent Tubes, CFL's, Rechargeable Batteries, NiCad Batteries, Expired Medications, Smoke Alarms, Lead Aprons, and Exit Signs. See Site for Details on the Programs.
  • Mail Your Sharps 803.829.8109 or 866.210.2744 Sharps, Medical Waste, Dental Waste, Mercury, Bio-Hazard Spill Kits, etc. Programs perfect for Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacies, Hospitals, Veterinarians, Dermatologists, Tattoo Artists, Acupunturists, Assisted Living Facilities. etc. See Site for Details on available Programs.
  • Meda Send Medical Waste Mail-Back Service 800.200.3581 Medical Sharps Program. Pre-paid Shipping Containers Available for Purchase.
  • Sharps Compliance Incorporated 800.772.5657 Medical Sharps Program Pre-Paid Shipping Containers Available for Purchase.
  • Stericycle Mailback Program 380 Locust St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15132 855.410.5300 Medical Sharps and Items Containing Mercury. Pre-Paid Shipping Containers Available for Purchase.

Mixed Metal

  • GC Refuse & Recycling Sites. Accepted at the landfill for FREE.
  • Local Salvage Yards


  • Make-A-Wish-Mid-Atlantic location


  • All GC Refuse & Recycling Sites (Do Not put Plastic Bags or Twine and String in Recycling Container). Paperback Books Go in Newspaper Bins (Take Covers Off and Deposit in with Magazines.)

Office Paper

  • Grantsville, Bumble Bee, Kings Run, Landfill and Garrett Highway Refuse & Recycling Sites. Plain or shredded. Items may NOT be taken from the BIN.

Motor Oil, Kerosene, Power Steering Fluid, Gear Oil, Fuel Oil (#2, #4, #6)

Oil Filters

  • Bumble Bee, Grantsville, Kings Run, Landfill, 135, and Garrett Highway Refuse and Recycling Site. Should be drained and dry.

Packaging (Wrappers)

  • (i.e., Caprisun™, Mars™ candy wrappers, Kashi™ cereal boxes...just to name a few)


  • GC Refuse & Recycling Sites including landfill IF solidified or empty (Pop lid and dry out; mix paint with shredded paper, clean dirt, sawdust or clay kitty litter or product such as "Waste Paint Hardener" found at Oakland Lowe's $1.98 bag [price and location due to change] will harden a gallon of latex paint 2/3 full). Can be disposed in OPEN TOP containers - DO NOT PUT IN COMPACTORS.

Paperback Books

  • Landfill, Bumble Bee, Grantsville, Kings Run and Garrett Hwy. Refuse and Recycling Sites. Take covers off and recycle with magazines. Paperback books recycled with newspapers.

Plastic #1

  • Grantsville, Bumble Bee, Kings Run, Landfill and Garrett Highway Refuse & Recycling Sites. Bottles w/Necks: Water, soda, ketchup, etc. (Rinse). Crush Optional. No food containers (i.e., blueberry, strawberry or tomato). LIDS MAY REMAIN ON BOTTLES.:

Plastic #2

  • Grantsville, Bumble Bee, Kings Run, Landfill and Garrett Highway Refuse & Recycling Sites. Bottles w/Necks: Bleach, detergent, milk, etc. (Rinse). Crush Optional. NO tubs, bowls, plates nor silverware. LIDS MAY REMAIN ON BOTTLES.

#2 Plastic Grocery Bags (+ More)

  • Receptacle in Lobby of Wal Mart
  • Lowes 
  • Browning's Shop n' Save Grocery Store, Oakland, MD. 

#5 Plastic

  • Preserve Gimme 5 823 State Rt. 13. Cortland. NY 13045-6574 888.354.7296 Program Accepts Rigid #5 Plastic (i.e., Dairy Containers, Dip Containers, Plastic Caps, Preserve Products - No Razor Blades, and Prescription Bottles). Please Pack Clean & Dry #5 Items as Densely as Possible, in a Cardboard Box. Postage is Your Responsibility.

Prescription Pills

  • Drug Drop Box: McHenry State Police Barracks (24/7); 
  • Garrett County Sheriff's Office (24//7); 
  • Oakland City Hall (M-F 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.); 
  • Check for details. Take Away Environmental Return System. Postage Paid Mailing Envelopes and instructions to dispose of over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs (no controlled drugs) are available at CVS and Walgreens in Oakland, MD for a small fee. Government Take-Back Program in April each year. Check for local listing. Fall Take-Back Program usually scheduled in September. (NOTICE: To discard in trash - NEVER down the Drain- mix medications - NOT NARCOTICS - with coffee grounds and place with regular household trash.)

Propane Tanks (Camping Stoves)

  •; 315.253.2886 Mail-in program specializes in complete recovery of contents remaining & recovery of small 1 pound propane cylinders (camping stove type). Please call to discuss.

Propane Tanks (Grills)

  • Home & Garden Department of Wal-Mart
  • All-Gas, Inc., Mtn. Lake Park Propane Retailer 

Propane Tanks (Over 100 lbs.)

  • All Gas, Inc., Mt. Lake Park, MD

Recreational Vehicles

  • Make-A-Wish-Mid-Atlantic location
  • Local Salvage Yards


  • Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program 3552 Avenue of Commerce, Memphis, TN 38125 800.344.6453 Will Accept any shoe that does not contain Metal. Visit site for pre-paid label. Some drop-off locations.


  • Bone Cancer Research Trust BCRT Stamp Appeal,20 Bowers Road, Benfleet, Essex, England SS7 5PZ Email: [email protected] 0113 258 5934 Program accepts all stamps and albums. Check website for mailing instructions. 1KG of Stamps Help Fund 1 Hr. of Research. Poster Available in Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling Office
  • CLIC Sargent Unit 6, Abbey Wood Business Park, Filton, Bistol, BS34 7JU; 0117 314 8611 
    Email: ebay@[email protected] Children's cancer is often treated in a Specialized Centre; & Families have to Travel to be with their Sick Child. Often they are worried about the Logistics & Cost, Rathen than what is Important - just being able to be Close to their Child. Used Stamps are Sold to Fund Home from Homes so More Families Can Stay Together during thse Difficult Times. IKg of Stamps Pays for One Family to Stay in one of 10 Home From Homes. Poster Available in Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling Office.
  • Oxfam Canada "Stamp Out Poverty" Attn.: Oxfam Stamp Program, Stamp Program, 39 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 8L7 Canada Email: [email protected] 800.466.9326 (ph) 613.237.0524 (fax) Campaign has raised about $300,000 since 1980 from used stamps to support projects around the World. International, Canadian, and Commemorative Stamps Appreciated. Monetary Donations Accepted. Additional Programming Includes Causes for Female Rights: Creating Spaces (Ends Violence Against Women and Girls); Amplify Change (Afganistan Women are Excluded from Decision-Making/Trying to Change); She (Sexual Health & Empowerment); Her Future Her Choice (Access More Choices for a Brighter Future); Women's Rights & Leadership: Guatemala (Building on Strengths of Grassroots Indigenous Women's Organizations); Camino Verde (Promoting Economic Growth of Women & Youth in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala). Additional Programs Available.


  • Educational Assistance Limited 630.690.0010 Company connects your surplus to Universities & Colleges that can benefit or outright sells surplus for Scholarships. Tax Deductable Opportunity.

Telephone Books

  • Remove Covers and Recycle w/Magazines; Recycle Remaining Book in Newspaper Container.

Tennis Balls

  • Rebounces Tennis Ball Recycling Program 1313 Hwy 62-65 N, Suite F, Harrison, PA 72601 888.630.5696 To receive pre-paid label, email [email protected] your name, shipping address, and # of balls you wish to recycle. Once received, balls will be pressurized & resold as practice balls.


  • Accepted at Landfill for Fee
  • Local Tire Retailer
  • Maryland Department of the Environmental provides grant funding when available for Citizen Scrap Tire Drop-Off Events (Free-of-Charge)

Trophies and Awards

  • Lambs Awards Recycling Program 410.876.1444 Accepts plaques, trophies, medals, sculptures. You pay shipping.
  • Nationwide Trophy Recycling Program, c/o Total Awards & Promotions, Inc., 6686 Odana Rd., Madison, WI 53719 608.833.1716 Accepts trophies, solid wood plaques and awards & recycles them for parts or engraves & donates to non-profits.

Water Filters

  • 800.242.7482 Recycling Program Recycles Brita Water Filters. Will Provide One Free Shipping Label Per Year. Sign Up for My Brita Account and Receive Filter Replacement Reminders.

Usable items may be taken to the Garrett County Swap Shops located at each Refuse & Recycling Site including the Landfill. See the Site Attendant or Weigh Master for Swap Shop Locations.