Kent County Recycling and Waste Disposal

Marty Holden, Division Chief, Environmental Operations
PH: 410-778-7439 | FAX: 410-778-7424 | Email: mholden@kentgov.org
709 Morgnec Road, Suite 104, Chestertown MD 21620

 

 

Mercury Thermostats are now being accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center
Wall-mount Mercury Thermostats must be intact with cover. 

Not accepted: Mercury Bulbs, Liquid Mercury or Leaking Mercury Thermostats.  For more information Click Here or contact the Environmental Operations Division 410-778-7448. 

SPECIAL EVENT: Household Hazardous Waste Event – Saturday, April 25, 2020

 

 

Drop-off Centers

 

Select a location below

 

Sharptown

Sharptown
Drop-off Center
5809 Crosby Rd.
Rock Hall, MD 21661
410-639-7044

Disposal coupon Book required
$50 for a book of 15 coupons

HOURS OF OPERATION

SUN:  CLOSED
MON:  CLOSED
TUE:   8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WED:  CLOSED
THUR:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
FRI:   CLOSED
SAT:   8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed on New Year’s Day, , Memorial Day, the 4th of July,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Located one mile east of Rock Hall. It is accessible from routes 20 and 288.


What to do with it!

  • HOUSHOLD garbage, trash, and refuse normally disposed of by Kent County residents. Household
    garbage must be contained in trash bags or trash cans. 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

    Customers delivering 1— 3 bags of trash (Kitchen size bags up to 13 gal.), the Attendant will not remove a coupon but will  punch a hole in one (1) coupon.  When the customer returns (next trip to facility) the Attendant will remove the coupon with the previously punched hole.

  • The Sharptown and Duck Puddle Drop-off Centers only accept household trash (trash in bags or trash cans) and recyclables.

  • The Nicholson Drop-of Center accepts household trash, bulk items, furniture, scrap metal, rubble and recycables.
  • RECYCLABLES: A Coupon IS NOT required if you only drop off Recyclables.

    No commercial or contractor waste permitted.

 

 

 

Duck Puddle

 

 

Duck Puddle
Drop-off Center
30480 Duck Puddle Rd.
Kennedyville, MD 21645
410-648-5461

Disposal coupon Book required
$50 for a book of 15 coupons

HOURS OF OPERATION

SUN: CLOSED
MON: CLOSED
TUE:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WED:  CLOSED
THUR:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
FRI:  CLOSED
SAT:  8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed on New Year’s Day, , Memorial Day, the 4th of July,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Located three miles from Galena Town limits, and accessible by routes 213 / Daves Hill Rd. and 290 off Duck Puddle Rd.

 


What to do with it!

  • HOUSHOLD garbage, trash, and refuse normally disposed of by Kent County residents. Household
    garbage must be contained in trash bags or trash cans. 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

    Customers delivering 1— 3 bags of trash (Kitchen size bags up to 13 gal.), the Attendant will not remove a coupon but will  punch a hole in one (1) coupon.  When the customer returns (next trip to facility) the Attendant will remove the coupon with the previously punched hole.

  • The Sharptown and Duck Puddle Drop-off Centers only accept household trash (trash in bags or trash cans) and recyclables.

  • The Nicholson Drop-of Center accepts household trash, bulk items, furniture, scrap metal, rubble and recycables.
  • RECYCLABLES: A Coupon IS NOT required if you only drop off Recyclables.

    No commercial or contractor waste permitted.

 

Nicholson

 

Nicholson
Drop-off Center
23750 Larney Nick Rd.
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-6665

Disposal coupon Book required
$50 for a book of 15 coupons

HOURS OF OPERATION

SUN:  CLOSED
MON:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
TUE:  CLOSED
WED:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
THUR:  CLOSED
FRI:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
SAT:  8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed on New Year’s Day, , Memorial Day, the 4th of July,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Located five miles Northwest of Chestertown. It is accessible by Routes 20 and 298 off Earl Nicholson Road.

 


Household Solid Waste/Recycling Drop Off

  • HOUSHOLD garbage, trash, and refuse normally disposed of by Kent County residents. Household
    garbage must be contained in trash bags or trash cans. 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

    Customers delivering 1— 3 bags of trash (Kitchen size bags up to 13 gal.), the Attendant will not remove a coupon but will  punch a hole in one (1) coupon.  When the customer returns (next trip to facility) the Attendant will remove the coupon with the previously punched hole.

  • FURNITURE: to include wooden chairs, dressers, tables, etc. Oversized household items such as beds, mattresses, sofas, televisions, etc. 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

  • CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: Painted or treated lumber, plaster, insulation, shingles, wall,
    flooring, ceiling tiles, pipes, glass (plate, light bulbs, china, mirror, drinking glasses), wires, carpet,
    wallpaper, roofing, felt or other structural fabric. 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load
  • SCRAP METAL: Steel and Tin, White Goods including units containing CFC's (Chlorofluorocarbons) 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load
  • TIRES: Passenger Car/Lite Truck Tires (A limit of 4 tires permitted) 1 Coupon Per tire
    NO TRACTOR/HEAVY TRUCK OR COMMERCIAL TIRES ACCEPTED
  • CONCRETE, BRICKS, STONE : 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load
  • YARD WASTE: Brush, Limbs (Not to exceed 5" in diameter), Leaves, Grass 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load
    A hole will be punched in coupon Per 1—3 Bags of Yard Waste. Loaded trucks pulling a loaded trailer will require 2 Coupons and trucks larger than a Pick-up Truck will require 2 Coupons
  • RECYCLABLES: A Coupon IS NOT required if you only drop off Recyclables in Igloos, Cardboard & the following recyclable materials: Lead Acid Batteries (Car/truck & Lawn Mower Batteries) Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze, Boat Shrink Wrap, Computers and Computer Components, Cooking Oil, Wall-mount Mercury Thermostats.

    No commercial or contractor waste permitted except for recyclables and yard waste
    A hole will be punched in coupon per 1—3 Bags of Yard Waste

Materials not accepted at Nicholson

LAND CLEARING WASTES:
Animal manure, pesticides, herbicides, animal bedding,
agriculture produce, animal feed, putrescible waste, and
fertilizers.

(NO STUMPS)

DEMOLITION DEBRIS:
All demolition debris from large structures.

CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS:
Any commercial, domestic or industrial wastes or
byproducts, paint, tar or tar containers, caulking
compounds, glazing compounds, paint thinner, or
other solvents or their containers, creosote or other
preservatives or their containers, cement used for
tiles, paneling, carpet or other adhesives, and other
solid waste which may contain an unacceptable
substance as may be determined by the administration
to be unacceptable.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED:
All Asbestos materials, (shingles, siding)
Controlled Hazardous substances in any quantities
Liquid wastes or any waste containing free liquids except cooking oil
Special medical wastes
Radioactive materials
Septage or sewage scavenger waste
Automobiles or auto parts
Animal carcasses
Incineration ash material
Chemical or Petroleum spill cleanup material
Industrial waste
Putrescible waste

 

 

Disposal Options

 

Kent County Homeowners

Recycling & Disposal Options

 

Antifreeze

Accepted FREE of charge at all Kent County Drop-off Centers

 

Batteries

Household Batteries – Alkaline:    Kent County does not have a recycling program for household batteries. Most alkaline batteries currently on the market apparently have less mercury in them than previous products. Therefore, some industry representatives recommend disposal with regular solid waste as an appropriate option. Common household batteries are exempt from hazardous waste regulations and can therefore legally be disposed of with household trash.

The Recycling Program does encourage citizens to recycle if possible. You can purchase a recycling container online http://www.call2recycle.org/locator/ or call 1-800-8 Battery

Lead Acid Batteries - Car, truck, motorcycle, marine can be recycled at the Nicholson Drop-off Center free of charge.

Rechargeable Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) Batteries - These batteries are commonly found in camcorders, laptop computers, cellular and cordless telephones, portable power tools and other devices. These batteries can be recycled at sites participating in the Charge Up to Recycle! Program. For information and the nearest location call 1-800-8 Battery  or http://www.call2recycle.org/locator/

JBK Hardware in Chestertown, Lowes & Home Depot have accepted these rechargeable batteries in the past.

 

Car/Auto Disposal & Donations

Metal Scrap/Junk Yards 

Bennett & Cohey  Rt. 213 Between Chestertown and Church Hill  410-778-3462

Donate to a Charity:

http://maryland.wheelsforwishes.org/

Goodwill Car Donation

Kars 4 Kids

Vehicles for Veterans

https://kidscardonations.org/locations/maryland/

 

Clothing/Textiles

Accepted FREE of charge at all Kent County Drop-off Centers

Infinity Recycling – Millington, MD 410-928-3333

Hidden Treasures  -  711 Washington Ave. Chestertown, MD 410-778-1219

Nearly New Shop  320 High St.  Chestertown, MD   410-778-1781

 

Computers & Computer Components

Accepted FREE of charge at the Nicholson Drop-off Center

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

CRT Monitors are not accepted for recycling but can be delivered to the Nicholson Drop-off Center for disposal.

 

Cooking Oil/Grease

Accepted FREE of charge at the Nicholson Drop-off Center

 

Fluorescent Bulbs

Recycling/disposal of fluorescent bulbs/tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s):

Current Maryland laws and regulations allow citizens and many entities with less than 200 kg of mercury-containing bulbs (equivalent of approximately 720 4-foot T12 type bulbs) to dispose of mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs with solid waste.  Maryland law does require hazardous waste generators and entities with more than 200 kg of mercury containing bulbs per year that do not pass the TCLP test to send the bulbs to a recycling or hazardous waste facility. Bulbs that pass the TCLP are exempt from requirements to recycle bulbs.  Some manufacturers sell bulbs with green colored end caps that claim to pass the TCLP test. http://www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/CFLQA.pdf

Kent County along with the Midshore Regional Recycling Program (MRRP) hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Events each year.  CFL's and Fluorescent bulbs are collected from Homeowners (No Businesses or Contractors) during the event.   Visit https://www.menv.com/data/services/pdf/service-122.pdf for more information.

The following stores have collected fluorescent bulbs in the past:

Lowes
Home Depot
Ikea

There is a fairly extensive list of lamp recycling companies at:   http://www.lamprecycle.org  some of the companies at this web site and other companies offer “Pre-Paid Return Packages”.

 

Furniture

To include wooden chairs, dressers, tables, etc. Oversized household items such as beds, mattresses, sofas, televisions, etc. Accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center  1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load.


Gasoline

Accepted at the Centreville Transfer Station in Queen Anne’s County (401 Harper Rd. Centreville, MD) and during the Household Hazardous Waste Events each year.  Kent County residents are permitted to use this site only, NOT FOR COMMERCIAL/BUINESS USE;  5 Gallon limit per year.

 

Household Hazardous Waste

Household chemicals, oil-based paints, thinners, stains, pesticides, insecticides, gas, etc. are accepted during the semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Events operated by the Maryland Environmental Service.  For more information visit Household Hazardous Waste Event – Saturday, November 2, 2019

 

Latex Paint

Latex paint is not harmful to the environment with no restrictions for disposal.

If the paint is usable, we recommend reuse as a first choice - for example via freebies section in newspaper, www.freecycle.org, craigslist - eastern shore, freebies, give it to a friend etc. There is also Rebuilding Together (Kent County) 410-778-6611.

As far as disposal in your trash, Kent County facilities, Chestertown collection services or at the Midshore II Landfill, the issue is that the facilities will not accept liquids, so solidifying is required. You might consider a larger container such as old drywall bucket and an absorbent. (sand saw dust or cat litter) then you should be able to put it in the trash within the rules & regulations.

There is also a company that collects latex paint (see below). Depending on the amount of paint that you have, this company may respond or accept the material at their facility.

repaintusa.com

Brian
302-377-7329

 

Mercury Thermostats

Mercury Thermostats are now being accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center
FREE of charge.  Wall-mounted Mercury Thermostats must be intact with cover. 

Not accepted: Mercury Bulbs, Liquid Mercury or Leaking Mercury Thermostats.  For more information Click Here or contact the Environmental Operations Division 410-778-7448.

 

Metal

Scrap metal is accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center - 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

 

Mowers - Garden Tractors & Push Mowers

All fluids and tires must be removed  -  Accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center

 

Rubble/Construction Debris

Building material such as wood, roofing shingles, insolation, drywall, carpet, cabinets etc. are accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center  1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load.

NO ASBESTOS MATERIAL PERMITTED

 

Used Motor Oil

Accepted FREE of charge at all Drop-off Centers

 

Plastic Grocery Bags

Return plastic bags and films to labeled receptacles, available at some grocery and retail outlets. Do not include food or cling wrap, biodegradable bags, or film that has been painted or has excessive glue.

Food Lion  - Millington, MD

Bayside Foods – Rock Hall, MD

Royal Farms Stores

The Town of Chestertown has a plastic bag ban that went into effect January 19, 2012

 

Prescription Drugs

Accepted at the following locations: 

Kent County Sheriff’s Office   104 Vickers Drive Unit B Chestertown

Chestertown Police Department   601 High St. Chestertown

Rock Hall Police Department  5885 North Main St. Rock Hall

 

Propane Tanks

Poore’s Propane  1010 Washington Ave.  Chestertown, MD   410-778-0002

Accepted during the Household Hazardous Waste Events each year

 

Shrink Wrap from Boats/Vessels

Accepted FREE of charge at the Nicholson Drop-off Center  -  Must be free of zippers, debris, ropes & string.

 

Tires

Passenger Car and Lite Truck Tires:   Accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center at a cost of one (1) coupon per tire, (A limit of 4 tires per year).

Midshore II Regional Landfill   410-634-9304   

Address:  11930 Holly Rd.   Ridgely, MD 21660

Companies that will provide collection from residents and businesses:

Grove Pt. Tire Collection     Earlville, MD  (Cecil County)   410-275-9102  Or 443-553-1512  (Car=$2.25 Per Tire & Lt. Tk.= $3.00 Per Tire

Anderson Tire Recycling      Delmar, Delaware     302-846-3316

 

Televisions & Electronics  (computers not included)

Accepted free during the Household Hazardous Waste Events each year 

Household Hazardous Waste Event – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Accepted at the Nicholson Drop-off Center for disposal if recycling option is not available.  A coupon is required.

 

Vessel/Boats Disposal or Donation

R.B. Bakers - Rubble Landfill Queenstown, MD 410-827-8831

Midshore II Regional Landfill  11930 Holly Rd.   Ridgely, MD   410-634-9304    

MJ Marine Salvage  Chester, MD  224-944-3451

Harbor Diving & Salvage  Annapolis, MD 410-991-7767

Donate to a charity:

Boat Angel

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Kars 4 Kids

 

Yard Waste/Brush

Brush, Limbs, (Not to exceed 5" in diameter), Yard Clippings, Leaves, Grass 1 Coupon Per Vehicle Load

 

Recycling Guidelines

Recycling Center Guidelines

As a member of the Mid-shore Regional Recycling Program (MRRP), Kent County has five recycling centers positioned throughout the county:

  • Nicholson Drop-off Center
  • Duck Puddle Drop-off Center (Galena)
  • Sharptown Drop-off Center (Rock Hall)
  • Old Parks & Recreation building parking lot
  • Town of Rock Hall
    6045 Main St.
    Rock Hall, MD 21661

All recycling centers will accept corrugated cardboard, newspaper, catalogs, phone books, hard cover books, junk mail, envelopes w/ windows, mixed paper, paper board such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, toilet paper & paper towel tubes, narrow neck plastic bottles and jugs, mixed tin & aluminum cans, clear, brown and green glass.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kent County Department of Environmental Operations at:
410-778-2600

Visit Maryland Environmental Services to learn about household hazardous waste events or call 1-800 I RECYCLE.

Thank you for recycling!

RECYCLE PLEASE DO PLEASE DO NOT

blue for paper
Mixed Paper
Newspaper Magazines
Catalogues
Office Paper
Phone Books
Hard Cover Books
Junk Mail
Envelopes with Windows
Shredded Paper
All Paper

Paperboard
Cereal Boxes
Shoe Boxes
Toilet Paper Rolls
Paper Towel Rolls
Soda & Beer Cartons
Snack Boxes

- Keep all paper clean and dry

- No plastic/metal binders
- Do not place in plastic bags
- No clips or plastic covers
- No pizza boxes or egg cartons

Do Not Place Cardboard in Mixed Paper Container

Cardboard

- Keep all cardboard clean
- Always unfold & flatten boxes

- No wax–coated cardboard
- No packing peanuts, styrofoam, or other types of packing material.

red for plastic bottles and jugs
Plastic Bottles& Jugs
(Narrow Neck Only)

- Empty & rinse
- Flatten if possible
- Discard caps & lids
- Only plastic bottles & jugs
- Discard all solvent, oil chemical containers

- Don't recycle motor oil jugs  that once held new or used oil.
- Don’t recycle rubber, plastic bags,
plastic cups, forks & other dinnerware
or frozen food trays.

yellow for aluminum, steel and tin cans
Aluminum
&
Steel / Tin Cans

- Empty & rinse
- Please remove paper labels

- Don't recycle paint thinner paint or
solvent cans
- Don't recycle cookware, flat ware or pots/pans, soiled foil or soiled aluminum plates

clear glassbrown glassgreen glass
Glass Jars
&
Bottles

- Empty & rinse
- Discard caps/lids
- Discard broken glass
- Recycle only glass (bottles & jars)

- Don't include caps/lids
- Don't leave food residue
- Don't try to recycle:
 window glass, dishes, pottery, drinking glasses, light bulbs

 

Coupon Books

Recycling and Solid Waste: Waste Disposal Coupon Books

To utilize a county drop-off center for the disposal of household trash only, you must first obtain a solid waste disposal coupon book.  A book of coupons cost $50 and contains 15 coupons (single coupons are not sold).

Coupon books can be obtained from any of the following locations:

  • Galena, Betterton, & Rock Hall Town Offices
  • Kent County Finance Office
  • Kent County Public Works Office
  • Acme (Chestertown)
  • JBK's Hardware Store (Chestertown)
  • Suds N Soda (Chestertown)
  • Village Hardware (Rock Hall)
  • Molly's Mart (Kennedyville)

Facility Operating Hours

Sharptown
Drop–off Center

Duck Puddle
Drop–off Center

Nicholson
Drop-off Center

SUN:  CLOSED
MON:  CLOSED
TUE:   8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WED:  CLOSED
THUR:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
FRI:   CLOSED
SAT:   8:00 am – 2:00 pm
SUN: CLOSED
MON: CLOSED
TUE:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
WED:  CLOSED
THUR:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
FRI:  CLOSED
SAT:  8:00 am – 2:00 pm
SUN:  CLOSED
MON:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
TUE:  CLOSED
WED:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
THUR:  CLOSED
FRI:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
SAT:  8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


The Sharptown and Duck Puddle Drop-off Centers only accept household trash (trash in bags or trash cans) and recyclables.