The City of Laurel offers our Commercial Businesses pickup services, including Refuse, Recycling and Bulky Item pickups. These services and their rates are detailed below. Please be aware that the rates on this page are subject to change. Please call our offices at 301-725-0088 or email the Public Works to confirm pricing and to set up service.
The City of Laurel provides refuse pickups to our commercial businesses every day of the week, excluding holidays and weekends. When setting up the service the business can choose which days of the week (from once a week on a specific day up to 5 times a week on all weekdays) to have their refuse collected.
The city will provide one or more 95 Gallon gray container, as many as needed, for our commercial businesses to use for refuse. The City does not provide or service dumpsters. Each of the gray container has a one-time fee of $50 per container at the start of service. If, due to wear and tear, this container ever needs to be replaced it will incur another $50 fee per container. If the business or apartment building requires a substantial number of containers the City may offer a discount for bulk orders.
The City records how many gray containers are emptied at each pickup. The monthly bill a business receives is based on how many containers are emptied in total each month. If a business has overfilled where their can will not close or where additional bags sit on the ground beside the can(s), these extra bags are counted as separate containers for the purpose of billing. Each month a business will get 5 free containers. Every toter emptied after the 5th one is billed at $11.70 / each. For our apartment complexes and non-profit organizations, this is reduced to $5.86 per container. If a business has multiple containers, only those that have trash and are emptied will be counted for billing.
Example of Billing
A business has 1 container that is collected on Monday. The current month has 4 Mondays. The business never over-fills its can. This business will not see a bill for the current month because only 4 cans were emptied and the first 5 are free. If during a particularly busy month the business over-fills its cans they may see a small bill.
Alternate Example of Billing
A business has 1 container that is collected every day of the week. The business never over-fills its can, but they do put out trash every single weekday to be collected. This business will use its 5 free cans in the first week. Each can be emptied after that is billed at $11.70 / each. In a typical month, this business should expect a monthly bill close to $200.
The City offers our businesses recycling services. Unlike refuse, Recycling is offered at a fixed-rate per-month charge that is based on how many containers are requested, their size and the frequency of pickup. Even if no recycling is put out for the month, the business will still receive a recycling bill so long as it remains in possession of one of our green recycling containers. Containers for recycling do not have a one-time fee. Recycling is available for our businesses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our businesses can choose which day or days they would like for recycling pickups.
- Each 95 Gallon toter is $15 a month ($30 / month if collected two days a week and $45 per month if collected three days a week)
- Each 65 Gallon toter is $11.50 a month ($23 / month if collected two days a week and $34.50 per month if collected three days a week)
- Each 35 Gallon toter is $7.50 a month ($15 / month if collected two days a week and $22.50 per month if collected three days a week)
Please be aware that recycling containers cannot be used for yard waste or trash. If trash or anything other than recyclables is mixed in with the recycling the can will not be emptied and a colorful tag will be left on the can alert you to the problem.
Commercial Bulky Pickups
The City offers bulky pickup services to our businesses for large accumulations of household and business trash such as office furniture, appliances, remodeling debris (limitations apply), electronics, and other items.
Bulky Item pickups for our businesses have various base fees detailed below. On top of these base fees, the City charges extra fees for certain oversized items. The extra fees can be seen in the table below.
Base Fees for Businesses
|Apartment (single-family to 3-unit building)
|Apartment (4 to 10 unit building)
|Apartment (11 to 50 units)
|Apartment (51 to 100 units)
|Apartment (101 to 150 units)
|Apartment (151 or more units)
The above rates are based on a pickup taking up to 1 hour and / or 1 ton of materials and no special equipment. In the event a pickup exceeds 1 hour of time for our crew, 1 ton of materials, or requires special equipment - additional fees will apply.
Items with Extra Charges
Please see our Residential Bulky Item page for the list of items we charge extra for and what their costs are.
Construction and Remodeling Debris and Containers
Remodeling debris must use one of the City's approved container. The containers are a large 95-gallon trash can with a metal bar that allows the city trucks to lift them on a lift bar. Each container can hold up to 200 pounds of debris. Debris must be cut down so that the lid of the container can close. The container have a rental fee of $10 each.
Construction debris will not be collected from projects done by professional contractors working on a business but is meant to facilitate building owners doing "weekend-warrior" type projects such as a homeowner on his single-family rental. If you are not sure if your remodeling debris will be accepted, please call our offices in advance.
- Household hazardous items, such as:
- Oil-based paint
- Paint thinners and solvents
- certain car parts such as:
- Gas tanks
- Metal fenders
- Compressed air canisters
- Propane tanks
- Fire extinguishers
- O2 or He tanks
- Wet Latex paint cans. Empty or completely dried-up Latex paint cans may be collected. If you have filled the can with kitty litter, please have the lid off at the time of pickup so our crews can see it is dry.
- Animal carcasses, biohazardous materials and human waste are not allowed.
- For safety reasons please empty and remove the doors from all appliances (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, etc.).
- Construction debris will not be collected from commercial / professional contractors.
- Please call if you have any questions about prohibited items.