Waste Disposal

Updated: July 1, 2022

Household Trash and Recycling are collected on the same day

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Yard Waste is collected on Mondays – Year-round

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As our yard waste goes to the Harford County Mulch and Compost Disposal site, we must adhere to their guidelines.

Metal items (too large to fit inside your recycling container)

City staff will collect bulky metal items such as washers, dryers, heaters, grills, swing sets, etc.
Call to schedule a collection at (410) 939-5009, or take to Always Recycling located right here in Havre de Grace on Revolution Street (1353 Old Post Rd. Ph: 410-939-9201 They will give you $ for metal.

Holiday Schedule – Delays and Cancellations

Only 3 holidays may delay collections of residential trash and recycling:

  • Thanksgiving Day,
  • Christmas Day, and
  • New Year’s Day.
    When these holidays fall on a scheduled trash/recycling collection day, the collection will occur the very next day. The scheduled collections for the remainder of the week will also be delayed by one day.

Yard Waste collections are cancelled the week of these holidays only:

January 2, 2023 New Year’s Day (Observed)
May 29, 2023 Memorial Day
September 24, 2023 Labor Day
December 25, 2023 Christmas Day
January 1, 2024 New Year’s Day

Household Trash and Recyclables

Per City Code Ch. 162: Each household is responsible for providing its own trash and recycling containers. All trash and all recyclables must be placed securely in containers, with handles and tightfitting lids.

Trash Containers: Must be rubber, plastic or metal with handles. When using plastic bags for trash, they must be placed in a trash can.

Size: When full, must not weigh over 50 lbs. Be careful not to over-fill.

Lids: Secure both your trash and recycle containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent wind and animals from causing a mess.

Marking: To prevent loss or theft, mark both the lid and container with your address.

Important Times: All Cans/Containers

  • Set out: after 6 p.m. the night before or no later than 5 a.m. day of collection.
  • Bring In: Once emptied, remove from curb/sidewalks by 8 p.m. day of collection.


Good to Know – The City does not pay for disposal of recyclables AND most of your household waste is recyclable.  The more we recycle as a community, the less we pay for trash going into a landfill.

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  • Collected same day as household trash.

Prepping for Recycle Collection is easy.

  • Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass all go together loosely into one container. No plastic bags.
  • Designate one container or more for recycling (Recycle cans, bins, and cardboard boxes are acceptable containers.)
  • Mark containers so hauler can easily identify them. The drivers will be looking for the following markings: (in order of preference)
  • Recycle can marked on both sides with the recycle logo or word: “Recycles”
  • Can with plastic bag tied to handle
  • Can with large “x” on both sides (spray painted or duct taped.)

Lids Secure your recycle containers with tightfitting lids to prevent wind and animals (raccoons, crows, squirrels, rats) from causing a mess.

Address to prevent loss or theft, mark both the lid and container with your address.

Information regarding Hazardous Waste Disposal:

Where can I dispose of motor oil and/or antifreeze?

The City of Havre de Grace provides a drop container located at Jerry Foster Way.  The container is available to you 24 hours a day.  Directions: Revolution Street to Seneca Ave., right on Wilson St, right on Jerry Foster Way.

Where can I dispose of gasoline, propane cylinders, fluorescent bulbs, oil-based paint cans, aerosol cans with product still inside (ex. spray paint, spray cleaners)?  Harford Waste Disposal Center offers special days for these items. Located at 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, MD 21154, please call ahead for dates/times of their scheduled Hazardous Waste Days:  Ph: (410) 638-3018

Where can I dispose of latex paint cans?

Aerosol cans — only when EMPTY- may go out with regular trash.
Latex (water-based) Paint: Wet paint cannot go into the trash.  However, if the paint inside the can is dry, then it can go out in the regular trash.  Make sure the lid is off.  If the paint inside the can is still wet, remove the lid, allow the air to dry the paint, or add sand or kitty litter to absorb it and allow to dry.  Once the paint is dry, then it can be put out with the regular trash — lid off.