St. Mary’s County citizens may dispose of four 35-gallon containers or the equivalent of regular household trash at any of the six convenience centers located throughout the county at no charge.
Loads in excess of the four 35-gallon containers or bulky material must be disposed of at the St. Andrew’s Landfill, located off of St. Andrew’s Church Road in California. The charge for dumping at the landfill is $10 per standard pickup truck load, approximately 500 pounds (a quarter of a ton), or $65 per ton for loads greater than the standard load. Also in effect is a new discounted green waste fee rate of $40 per ton for oversized loads of yard waste. The convenience centers are located in Charlotte Hall at Routes 5 and 6, Oakville off Route 235 and North Sandgates Road, Clements off Route 234 and Horseshoe Road, St. Andrew’s off Route 4 and Old St. Andrew’s Church Road, Valley Lee off Route 249 and Happyland Road and Ridge off Route 5 near St. Peter Claver Road.
The convenience centers are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, year round. The convenience centers are closed for New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The St. Andrew’s Landfill located off Route 4 in California is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In addition, the landfill is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Solid waste originating from commercial activities is not permitted at the convenience centers or the St. Andrew’s Landfill. To dispose of solid waste at the convenience centers or the landfill, a residential vehicle sticker is required. Stickers can be obtained at the previously mentioned locations at no charge; however, proof of county residency must be provided during application.
In 2014, St. Mary’s County’s recycling rate was 44.2 percent, above the state mandated rate of 20 percent and the county’s overall waste diversion rate is just over 50 percent. St. Mary’s ranks third out of all the comparable counties in Maryland with populations of 150,000 or less.
The six convenience centers accept household rubbish and recyclables. The recyclables include single-stream recycling (newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, phone books, corrugated cardboard, clear, green and brown glass, aluminum, tin, steel and plastics). Textiles, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, electronics, used cooking oil/grease, fluorescent bulbs, oyster shells, eyeglasses, hearing aids and Christmas trees (from Dec. 26 through January) are also accepted at the convenience centers.
As of January 2016, recyclables can no longer be accepted in plastic bags as they create operational problems at regional sorting facilities. Loads with plastic bags, film, or wrap will be considered “contaminated” and rejected by the sorting facility, causing additional fees for St. Mary’s County and zero credit for its recycling efforts. The following items will be accepted at the St. Andrew’s Landfill: household rubbish, construction and demolition debris, clean brick, block, concrete and asphalt, yard waste, scrap metal, appliances, old propane cylinders, automotive and rechargeable batteries, scrap tires, large bulky plastic and cardboard/paper products for recycling. White goods such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and air-conditioning units will be accepted at the landfill free of charge.
Additional county sponsored events such as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Clean Community and Neighborhood Litter pickup programs, Adopt-a-Road and free mulch are held annually, with information on the county’s website. To find out more, call 301-863-8400 or visit www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/.