Recycling

Ron Taylor, Recycle Manager
7091 Central Site Lane
Newark, MD 21841
410-632-3177 Fax 410-632-3000

Recycle with Worcester County ~ all recyclables are free ... no permit required! All yard waste requires a Home Owners Permit - See Covenience Station Fees

Solid Waste Facilities Map showing locations and materials accepted at
each location.

Curbside: Please see municipalities below

Worcester County operates recycling drop-off centers in the following locations:

  • Berlin Homeowners Convenience Center  - (6 Containers) - 410-641-4910

    Open - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday and
    CLOSED
    on Wednesdays.
    Closed New Year’s, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. 
    9636 Mill Haven Road - Berlin , MD 21811 
    Accepts - Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Metal, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans, Cardboard, Yard Waste, Waste Oil & Batteries & Electronics, Textiles (clothing). White goods are collected at the Central Landfill.

  • Bishopville - Recycling Drop-Off Center -  Open 24 Hours - Not Manned
    Rt. 113 & Bishopville Road, Bishopville, MD
    Accepts - Newspaper,Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans.

  • The Central Landfill (for Homeowners and Recycling only) - 410-632-3177
    7091 Central Site Lane Newark , MD 21841
    Hours: 7:30 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday - Closed on Sundays. Closed New Year’s, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. 
    Accepts - Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans, Cardboard, Metal & White Goods, Yard Waste, Waste Oil & Batteries & Electronics, Textiles (Clothing)

  • County Schools and office buildings 
    The county operates a recycling pick-up in all county office buildings and schools. Paper, cardboard, plastic and cans are collected.
  • Ocean Pines (5 Containers) Recycling Drop-Off Center
    Open 24 Hours - Not Manned - Adjacent to South gate Fire House. Accepts - Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans & Cardboard, Textiles (Clothing).
  • Public Landing (3 Containers) Recycling Drop-Off Center
    Open 24 Hours - Not Manned
    Rt 365 - Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill , MD 21863
    Accepts - Newspaper, Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans.
  • Pocomoke City Homeowners Convenience Center -(5 containers)- 410-957-3044

    Open - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday and
    CLOSED on Wednesdays.
    Closed New Year’s, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.  
    Open 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
    Byrd Rd. Pocomoke City , MD 21851
    Accepts - Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans, Cardboard, Metal, Yard Waste, Waste Oil & Batteries & Electronics,Textiles (Clothing). White goods are collected at the Central Landfill.

  • Snow Hill Homeowners Convenience Center - (5 Containers) - 410-632-1786 

    Open - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday and
    CLOSED on Wednesdays.
    Closed New Year’s, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. 
    Holly Rd. (Behind Tyson Feed Mill) Snow Hill , MD 21863. 
    Accepts - Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans, Cardboard, Metal, Waste Oil & Batteries & Electronics ,Textiles (Clothing). White goods are collected at the Central Landfill.

  • Berlin Recycling Drop-Off Center - Near Wal-Mart /Samuel Bowen Blvd.  (7 Containers) - Open 24 Hours - Not Manned
    Rt 50 - Ocean Gateway Berlin , MD 21811 
    Accepts - Newspaper, Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans & Cardboard.

  • Whaleyville - at Park adjacent to the US Post Office
    (4 containers)  - Open 24 Hours - Not Manned 
    Rt 610 - Whaleyville Rd. & Shepards Crossing Rd. Whaleyville , MD 21872
    Accepts - Newspaper, Cardboard, Mixed Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic, Aluminum & Bi-Metal Cans.

Processing and Marketing 

Worcester County opened a new $3.5 Million Recycling Processing Center in 2004.Mixed paper, cardboard, glass, plastic & cans are processed and marketed through the Worcester County Recycling Center and is sold to various markets throughout the region.

Municipalities:

  • Snow Hill & Berlin have curbside collection serving about 3000 households for glass,  cans, Plastics (#1-7), paper and cardboard.
  • Snow Hill has 3 drop-off sites that collect newspaper, cans,mixed glass & plastic (#1-7)
  • Pocomoke City has 2 drop-off sites that collect newspaper, cans, mixed glass & plastic (#1-7)
  • Ocean City -The Town of Ocean City’s solid waste is transported to one of three energy-from-waste facilities, which produce a clean, renewable energy source for cities and towns on the East Coast. Before any of Ocean City’s trash is used to create energy, metals such as aluminums, steels and alloys are removed from the waste stream by the facility to be reused. For every 10 tons of solid waste, 500 pounds of metals are recycled.

Yard Waste

Homeowners ONLY, requires Home Owners Permit - NO COMMERCIAL OR BUSINESS ALLOWED

Yard waste is only accepted in Berlin, Pocomoke and the Central Landfill. Yard waste consists of leaves (no bags), grass clippings & limbs. No stumps are allowed, stumps may be taken to Central Landfill.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the transfer stations or the Central Landfill until Jan. 10 each year.  Ocean City also has a drop-off site for Christmas Trees.  

Yard waste and Christmas tress are grinded into mulch and used at the Central Landfill. The county also encourages backyard composting.

Electronics Recycling

Electronic recycling is encouraged and is free for all Worcester County residents.  Electronics disposal does not require a permit – however, all Commercial & Businesses are required to bring their electronics to the central landfill in Newark, MD – a tipping fee of $350.00 per ton is accessed.

The following electronics are accepted: 
Computers, (cpu’s, keyboard’s, mice, printer’s, circuit board’s ,hard drives and fans), test equipment, cell phones, faxes, VCR’s, copiers, television, scanners, calculators, adding machines, laptops, radios and stereo equipment – no speakers.
Electrical items not accepted:
Refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, kitchen appliances (such as stoves, ovens, toasters, etc.) These are considered white goods and are accepted at Central Landfill

Other Items

Waste oil is collected at the Transfer Stations and at the Central Landfill. Ocean City waste oil is collected at the 66th Street drop-off location (ONLY LOCATION).

White goods are collected at the Central Landfill.

Public Education

The county Recycling Coordinator visits schools, civic groups and other organizations through-out the county to promote recycling in Worcester County . Tours are also offered in the new Recycling Center. Newspaper advertisements highlight and support local recycling activities.

Special Recycling Programs

The county holds special recycling events through-out the year. 
Electronics Recycling, household hazardous waste collections and tire amnesty days are held at various times according to state regulations.  Special advertisements highlight these events. Watch for these ads in the newspapers and on radio.

  • Annual Spring Cleanup…This Ocean City program allows residential property owners to do their spring cleaning, discarding bulk items and other debris free of charge. This event is usually held the 3rd weekend in April of each year. For more information, please call the Solid Waste Division @ 410-524-0318.
  • Bulk Pickup…This program allows the taxpayers within the corporate limits of Ocean City, to place household items, such as old appliances and furniture at curbside for pickup. THE TOWN OF OCEAN CITY WILL NOT ENTER PRIVATE PROPERTY, SUCH ITEMS MUST BE PLACED BY CURB FOR PICKUP. Service operates Monday thru Friday from May 1st thru September 30th. From October 1st thru April 30th, the service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $20.00 for the first item and $30.00 for up to three items and $5.00 for each additional item. For more information, please call 410-524-0318.
  • Christmas Trees Drop-Off…This program allows the taxpayers within the corporate limits of Ocean City, to discard their old Christmas trees. Once dropped off, trees are transported to the Worcester County Landfill to be recycled in the mulching program. Trees are accetped from December 26th thru January 31st. For more information, please call 410-524-0318.
  • Oyster Shell Recycling Program…This program was created in conjunction with Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association of Ocean City. The containers for these discarded shells are located @ 65th Street. For more information, please contact Mark Mayers of the Harrison Group at 410-726-5789.

Worcester County Central Landfill

The Worcester County Central Landfill is located between Snow Hill and Newark onCentral Site Lane .  The 750 acre site is permitted for 8 cells.

Landfill hours are 8:00 AM–4:00 PM Mon. - Sat., closed on Sundays. Closed New Year’s, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. 

Commercial Permits are $25.00 each – each vehicle must have its own permit.

Commercial Fees Effective July 1, 2011 , tipping fees are as follows:

Construction and Demolition debris $80.00 per ton
Electronics $350.00 per ton
Trash, Yard Waste, Stumps, Grit, Red Ash and Sludge $70.00 per ton
Metal                                $25.00 per ton
Tires by weight – passenger and light truck $175.00 per ton
Tires by weight – Industrial/Tractor $600.00 per ton
Tires – Passenger/Light truck – up to 10   $2.00 each
Tires – Truck tires – up to 10 $10.00 each
House Trailers $600.00 each

Convenience Station Fees:

The Convenience Stations are for homeowners only with proper permit. 
No commercial haulers allowed.

Convenience Station permits are $100.00 for the first two vehicles in the same household. Additional permits are $100.00 each.
Permits must be affixed to each vehicle and permit must match tag number. Permits are issued each year by January 1st and will expire December 31st. No pro - rating of fees. 
Convenience Stations permits allow the holder to dispose of house hold trash, yard waste – (no stumps) and recyclables. 

Pay as you throw (PAYT) bag tag option coming January 1, 2015
Ron Taylor - Recycling Manager