Help with Recycling

Here at Riderwood there are lots of way to recycle!

Recycle to Other Uses

For useful items that can be reused, consider giving them away:

Riderwood Weekly Collections

General Services Housekeeping collects recyclables twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Clean plastic containers and metal cans are recycled using the blue BINS; paper is recycled using the blue BAGS.  Check out the latest Recycle Flyer and Recycle/Trash Collection Handout.

Currently GLASS is not collected because it is incompatible with Riderwood’s contractor’s separation processes.  The closest locations for recycling glass are on the University of Maryland College Park campus.  There are purple containers located near each of the  three purple icons on this campus map  (behind Annapolis Hall, near Gate E of Maryland Stadium across from Ellicott Hall, and in the Golf Club parking lot).

STYROFOAM is also not recyclable here at Riderwood, but there is a drop-off facility in Crofton, Maryland.

Riderwood Recycle Rooms

There are containers in the Cart Rooms in each neighborhood.

Large containers for

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic containers and metal cans
  • Plastic bags and other plastic film (TREX Collection for another bench)
  • Scrap metal
  • Sensitive documents to be shredded
  • Batteries

Small hanging bins for

  • Inkjet cartridges
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Sharps (needles, lancets, syringes)

Expired and Unused Medicines

Arbor Ridge collects medicines once a month, on the first Wednesday of the month. View the details here.

There is a Drug Disposal Box, accessible 24/7, at the local Montgomery County District 3 Police Station, located near the intersection of Route 29 and New Hampshire Avenue.

Electronics Collection

The Recycling Committee is working to revive the quarterly electronic equipment collections that were held prior to the pandemic.  In the meantime, there is information for you on the E-Cycle page.  An electronic recycling event is being held on Saturday, September 24th.