Released on October 8, 2021 - 4:16pm

As part of the City of Laurel’s on-going commitment to reduce landfill waste and promote reuse, repurpose, and recycle, Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce that Public Works will hold their Annual Fall Ecycle/Paper Shredding Event.  

Gather up your old, important papers, old electronics, lightly used home goods and NEW this year, certain Styrofoam products, and come down to Public Works, 305-307 First Street, on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 8:00 am to Noon. 

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.

GreenDrop for Lightly Used Home Goods

GreenDrop charity will have a vehicle on site to collect lightly used home goods, clothing and small house household appliances.  A full list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at their website, www.gogreendrop.com. The items donated will benefit the Federation of the Blind charity.

New! Styrofoam drop-off for EPS

New for Fall 2021, the City is excited to add a new way to recycle your EPS products!  Bring your Styrofoam packaging to the October 16th 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 of Laurel by visiting https://www.cityoflaurel.org/system/files/files/city-laurel-map-2020.pdf if you plan to attend. Montpelier, South Laurel, West Laurel, Russett and Maryland City are not in the incorporated City limits and will be turned away at the gate.

Coronavirus Precautions will be in Effect

The event will be run differently from years past due to COVID-19.  Residents must:

  • Stay in their vehicles
  • Wear masks
  • Have ID ready
  • Put items for shredding and drop off in the trunks of their cars (where possible).

All vehicles must enter through the First Street entrance like years past, however only a limited number of cars will be allowed in the yard at a time. There may be long lines and long waits to get into the yard, especially at the start of the event, 8:00am, and again right before closing, Noon, so plan accordingly! City staff will remove the items from the trunks of your car for this event.

To learn more about the event and items that will be accepted, visit https://bit.ly/EcycleShreddingLaurel.

If you have questions about the event or other Department of Public Works services, please call at 301-725-0088 or email [email protected].

 

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