Commercial Refuse Collection

Business' Responsibility of Refuse

Each Business in the City of Annapolis is required to handle and maintain the refuse generated by their business in an effective and responsible manner. This means that from the time the refuse is generated to the time it is removed from your site, it is your responsibility. Per the City Code 10.16, all business are required to have a refuse contract with a  City Licensed Refuse Hauler. 

Sometimes refuse, whether in cans or dumpsters, is placed on surfaces, i.e. sidewalks, parking lots, etc., that are in close proximity to storm drains can cause pollution. Leaking refuse containers can stagnate, causing odor problems. Litter, though unsightly, can also enter a storm inlet which could impair the removal of rain water. All the storm drains within the City of Annapolis, discharge to the Chesapeake Bay through the surrounding rivers and streams. Handling refuse in an effective and responsible manner will prevent pollutants from entering the Bay.


  • DumpsterRefuse containers must:
    • Be durable
    • Be rust-resisting
    • Be washable and nonabsorbent
    • Be watertight
    • Have close-fitting cover
  • Refuse is to be placed on the sidewalk no sooner than 12 hours preceding the scheduled collection time.
  • Refuse must be collected after 6 a.m.
  • Refuse containers must be removed from sidewalk or public area immediately after collection and must be removed from view from a public way in the Historic District.
  • If refuse containers need to be washed, this activity must be completed inside the establishment.
  • Area where refuse is placed for collection must be maintained.
  • Any refuse not collected by hauler must be removed from the public area or sidewalk.
  • Sidewalk or public area must be swept up after collection.
  • Don't use bleach, bleach products, or degreasers on sidewalks or public areas.
  • Only environmentally friendly products may be used.
  • If a dumpster is being used, it should be in an approved dumpster enclosure.
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Commercial Refuse Collection

145 Gorman Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-263-7949
Emergency Phone: 410-224-3140
Fax: 410-263-3322
Monday - Friday
(8:30 am -4:30 pm)