Trash and Recycling Guide

Effective 1 April 2017 The City will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags.  This change is being made by Harford County, where yard recycling is taken to.  County authorities advise this change is due to two primary reasons: plastic bags are adversely affecting and breaking the shredders at the recycling center and a county-wide effort to become more environmentally friendly.  They have advised users to place yard waste in paper bags, cardboard boxes, or in small bundles.  Again, effective 1 April, the City refuse team will not pick up yard waste items left in plastic bags. For more information, please call us at (410) 272-1600.trash



 Holiday Schedule 
04/14/2017Good Friday - FridayRegular collection schedule, no bulk, no yard waste
05/29/2017Memorial Day - MondayTrash delayed one day, no bulk, no yard waste
07/04/2017Independence Day - TuesdayTuesdays pickup moved to Friday, no bulk, no yard waste
09/04/2017Labor Day - MondayTrash delayed one day, no bulk, no yard waste
11/11/2017Veterans Day - SaturdayRegular collection schedule, no bulk, no yard waste
11/23/2017Thanksgiving Day- ThursdayThursdays collection moved to Friday
11/24/2017Day after Thanksgiving- FridayNo bulk, no yard waste, picking up Thursdays collection
12/25/2017Christmas-MondayTrash delayed one day, no bulk, no yard waste

Bulk Items

For large appliances such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators, or sofas, stuffed chairs, or any metal items, please call (410) 297-4259 for an appointment.

Cell Phones and Ink CartridgesPlace used cell phones, chargers, and ink cartridges in sealed clear plastic bags and place on top of recycling bin.
Large ElectronicsLarge electronics such as TV's and computers require a yellow sticker and are to be put out on trash day.
Oil and AntifreezeOpen to the public, there is a drop-off site located at 361 Michael Lane.

Containers require pre-paid Aberdeen trash stickers to cover the cost of the County-imposed tipping fee. Only trash items require stickers. Stickers should be placed on the bags or on the top piece of trash inside of the can. Stickers should be placed around the "neck" of the bag to reduce slippage.

Yard Waste (Collected April through January)

Effective 1 April 2017
The City will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags due to changes at our Harford County recycling center. Please place your yard waste debris in paper bags, cardboard boxes, or in small bundles. Yard waste items left in plastic bags will not be picked up.

AcceptableNot Acceptable
Grass clippings, brush, trees, hedge trimmings, whole Christmas Trees and leaves. Items must be bagged, bundled, tied, or boxed. Bundles CAN NOT exceed 60 lbs. or 4 ft. in length.Tree limbs larger than 6-inch diameter, logs or stumps, animal waste, garbage, rocks, bricks, large quantities of dirt, construction debris, lawn ornaments.



Not Acceptable

PaperJuice boxes, milk & OJ cartons, junk mail, greeting cards, hardback books, paper books, paperboard boxes (shoe, cereal, packaging, etc.), phone books, newspaper, catalogs, paper bags, office paper, gift wrap, corrugated cardboard, magazines.Paper towels or tissues, used paper plates or cups, foil gift wrap, waxed or laminated paper, food-contaminated boxes, and pizza boxes.
PlasticBottles and jugs (milk, water, cooking oil, salad dressing, shampoo, liquid soap, spray products, etc.), disposable plastic cups, flower and nursery pots, plastic toys, buckets & pails w/ handles, wide mouth containers (margarine, yogurt, peanut butter, etc.), plastic lawn furniture, plastic coolers, trash cans, laundry baskets.Polystyrene (styrofoam), inserts and packing peanuts, cutlery, bags or sheeting, CD cases, motor oil bottles, pesticide or solvent bottles, plastic electronics (alarm clock, coffee maker, etc.) piping, vinyl siding.
Metal and GlassAluminum & steel/tin cans (drink, food & pet food), EMPTY aerosol cans (hairspray, whipped cream, spray paint, etc.), aluminum foil, aluminum foil bake ware, glass food & beverage bottles & jars, any color.Propane cylinders, window glass, cookware, ceramics (plates, mugs, etc.), crystal, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors.
Recycling Tips
  • Recyclables are collected every week.
  • Residents may continue to use green and blue bins.
  • If you choose to purchase your own bin, place one of the City’s new recycling stickers on your recycling bin of choice.
  • Do not place recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Large recyclable plastic items such as pails, buckets, lawn furniture, toys, coolers, etc. may be left next to the recycling bins.
  • Caps, labels and lids can remain on bottles, cans, and jars.
  • Rinse all recycled food containers.
  • Have your items at the curb by 6 a.m. to ensure pickup.

Trash Stickers

Where to Purchase Stickers:

Exxon, Route 40

City Hall, 60 North Parke Street

Johnson Family Pharmacy

Shoprite, Beards Hill

7-11, West Bel Air Avenue


7-11, Route 40

Sunoco, Route 40


Trash Zones

You can verify your trash zone using your street address by clicking here.

ZoneTrash and RecyclingYard Waste
1Monday1st and 3rd Friday
2Tuesday1st and 3rd Friday
3Wednesday2nd and 4th Friday
4Thursday2nd and 4th Friday
*Please be advised that the City of Aberdeen no longer accepts treated lumber or construction debris. For more information on dropping off lumber and construction debris, please contact Honeygo Run in Perry Hall at (410) 335-9500.