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Posted on: April 12, 2023

Important Update about Public Works Ecycle Event

The Semi-Annual Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event will be returning this Saturday at the Public Works Building.  Join us on Saturday, April 15th, from 8 am until 12 noon, at the Fairall Foundry Public Works Complex at 305 First Street!

UPDATE:

Unfortunately the GreenDrop Charity truck will not be able to attend this event as it has in years past.  Public Works will not be accepting household goods for drop off during this event.  If you have lightly used home goods you would like to donate you can schedule a pickup with the charity directly on their website: https://www.gogreendrop.com/.  You may also take your items to Greendrop at the Laurel Plaza at 201 Fort Meade Road any day of the week between 10 am and 5 pm. Please be sure to reference their list of acceptable items for donation.

Information about the Event

All vehicles must enter through the First Street entrance like years past.  We are asking residents to please stay in their cars, have their IDs ready, and to place items for shredding and drop off in the trunks of their cars where possible. There may be long lines and long waits to get into the yard, in particular at the event opening (8 am) and again right before closing (noon) so plan accordingly!  Our laborers will remove the items from the trunks of your car for this event. Not all addresses in "Laurel, Maryland" are in the City Limits (North Laurel,  West Laurel, South Laurel, Montpelier, The Russett and Maryland City are all NOT in the City Limits for the City of Laurel) so please verify you live within the City Limits if you plan to attend.

Electronics Recycling

Televisions, stereos, computers, game systems and their accessories can be dropped off free of charge.  If it plays music, video, video games, or an accessory to something that does - it counts! Things such as microwaves, blenders, toaster ovens, vacuums and other electrical items that may have a digital display or circuitry are not considered electronics for this event; only entertainment/media electronics will be accepted.   Electronics will be recycled by Securis – a recognized local electronics recycling, data destruction and hard drive shredding company.

Paper Shredding

Chesapeake Paper Systems will also be on site with their shredding truck to shred your documents safely.  You can drop your documents off or stand by and watch them get put into the shredder truck!  The shredding truck will accept old X-rays and other film, however it does not get shredded on site.  Please make sure no non-paper items are mixed in with your documents, such as plastic floppy disks.

To allow ample time and opportunity for all residents to access the paper shredding truck, we are limiting paper drop offs to five boxes per trip.  Residents and businesses are welcomed to make multiple return trips to drop off additional paper for shredding.

Styrofoam drop-off for EPS

The City is excited for the return of our EPS/Styrofoam reycling!  While we all would love to remove all polystyrene from the waste stream – with the recycling alternative – at least we can make something beneficial!  Bring your Styrofoam packaging to the event and EPS Industry Alliance will collect and recycle the products into things such as surfboards, picture frames, construction material, and new packaging.   

Verifying Addresses

Public Works will be verifying that you are a City resident or City business so please bring a driver's license or mail addressed to your City business.  Not all addresses in "Laurel, Maryland" are in the City Limits so please verify you live within the City Limits if you plan to attend.  North Laurel, Montpelier, South Laurel, West Laurel, the Russett, and Maryland City are not in the City limits and will be turned away at the gate.

If you have questions about the events above or other Department of Public Works services, please call at 301-725-0088 or email DPW@Laurel.md.us.

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