Materials Not Accepted

Items Not Accepted at Our Recycling Facility

While we believe it’s important to recycle as much as possible, there are some items we cannot collect. This is due to health and safety regulations, as well as the limitations of our equipment. This is a partial list of items not accepted.

  • Plastic, glass, and wood
  • Sinks, commodes, porcelain/ceramic
  • Fuel Tanks that are not cut in half
  • Tires (loose or just on steel rim)
  • Unspent Air Bag Canisters
  • Barrels, drums (unless free of residual fluids. Also requires a large inspection hole)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Closed containers or cylinders
  • Garbage, rags, paper, or other debris (we do buy cardboard)
  • Steel turnings mixed with other materials
  • Capacitors
  • Television Sets/Computer Monitors
  • Rolls of Banding
  • Propane Tanks or other sealed tanks (unless cut in half)
  • Radioactive Material
  • Hydraulic cylinders (unless 1/4″ hole drilled in top and bottom)

Some of the above-mentioned materials are very hazardous. We are not HAZMAT experts. Please call us at (301-663-4482) or the Frederick County Recycling Office at (301-696-2960) for guidance before handling or disposing of any potentially harmful materials. We will try to help you obtain the proper procedure.

Reliable Recycling reserves the right to refuse any material that we believe has the potential to be harmful in any way to the environment. In addition, we do not accept items that may jeopardize the health and safety of our customers, our employees, our facility, or our equipment

Remember that the only “dumb” question is the one you never asked.

Thank you for caring about our environment! Read our list of materials we do accept, and contact us with any questions.

I found the staff pleasant and helpful, each time I went with my refuse. I separate my materials and don’t expect anyone to do it for me; this way I know what I am getting. I found their prices competitive and it is convenient that they are open six days a week. There is something to say about a multi-generational family-owned and operated business. They have made a commitment to their community and are stakeholders in the city and state. They are not fly-by night. Reliable has my business every time I am in need of their services.
JohnFrederick, Maryland