Released on March 26, 2021 - 12:41pm

It's that time of year again!  As part of the City of Laurel’s on-going commitment to reduce landfill waste and promote reuse, repurpose, and recycle, Mayor Moe and Public Works is happy to bring back our April Recycling Event.  Gather up your old, important papers, old electronics, and lightly used home goods and come down to Public Works, 305-307 First Street, on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon). 

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

Electronics Recycling, Paper Shredding, and GreenDrop

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

The GreenDrop charity will have a vehicle on site to collect lightly used home goods. GreenDrop will be on site from 8:30 am until 11:30 am.  Residents can drop off home goods before starting at 8:00 a.m. and until noon.  Public Works will ensure that the items will be collected by GreenDrop after the event. 

Residents can drop off clothing and small house household appliances for GreenDrop.  A full list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found here:   The items donated will benefit the American Red Cross.


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.  Montpelier, South Laurel, West Laurel, the Russett, and Maryland City are not in the 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 COVID19.  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, 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.

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