Residential Recycling

Residential Recycling is Mandatory

By City Code, residents must place all recyclable material in recycling bins/cans and place them out for collection.

Free recycling containers are provided to City Refuse Customers in 18, 32 or 64 gallon size. Containers can be picked up from the following locations with current I.D. and a copy of your water bill for verification.

  • Public Works Services at 935 Spa Road, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 3 pm. The 64-gallon wheeled carts are available for pickup at 935 Spa Road only.
  • Public Works Administration at 145 Gorman Street, 2nd floor, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Recycling is Easy

No more sorting; all acceptable materials can be place together in one container. Unacceptable materials will be left for you to discard.

Collectible Materials

  • Paper. Most types of paper products that comes into your home, including all cardboard boxes (examples are cracker, cereal, frozen food, dry food, pizza boxes)
  • Plastic. Storage containers and rigid plastic (examples bottles, jars, jugs, buckets, flower pots, toys, lawn furniture). No Plastic Bags.
  • Metal. Aluminum/ Steel/ Tin cans, foil and pans, empty aerosol cans.
  • Glass. Bottles, jars, and containers of any color, shape and size.

Unacceptable Materials

  • Food Waste or recyclables heavily contaminated with food.
  • Plastic bags are not acceptable for recycling at the curb. In a mixed stream, plastic bags cannot be separated and causes problems with the mechanical equipment at the recycling processor facility. Many grocery stores accept film plastic bags. Check with your local grocer for more details.
  • Although Styrofoam can be recycled, it is currently not accepted within the City's recycling program. Styrofoam is a very light material and because of this it tends to contaminate other recyclables when collected in a mixed stream. To ensure that we receive the highest value for all other recyclables that the City currently accepts in the program, Styrofoam is excluded from the list of materials recyclable items.
  • Used motor oil/ antifreeze bottles even if empty.
  • Broken glass (examples are mirrors, drinking glasses).

Print and post the list of collectible items (PDF).


  • To assure pickup, you must use the City's "Annapolis Recycles" blue container.
  • Place all recyclable materials, including paper, together in the container.
  • Recycling shall be securely placed in the container with heavier material on top. 
  • Break down and bundle cardboard with a natural fiber twine, or place broken-down cardboard in a paper bag or in a recycling container. The cardboard should be no larger than 2ft. by 3ft.
  • Place at the curb the night before your scheduled collection day.