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Local Household Hazardous Materials (HHW) Collection Programs


  * * *Consumer Alert Regarding Face Cream Containing Mercury* * *


The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has issued a warning to consumers about certain skin creams that may contain mercury.  One such product, labeled "Crema Aguamary," and purchased in Mexico, was brought into Maryland and is thought to be responsible for at least one case of mercury poisoning in the State.

Consumers who have face cream that they believe contains mercury should seal the jar in a plastic bag or leak-proof container and dispose of it in their household trash.  

For more information on the warning, visit DHMH.



The Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article § 9-1801, defines Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any waste material, including garbage or trash, derived from a household that would be listed as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act but for the fact that the waste is derived from a household.  Household hazardous waste may include:  agricultural chemicals, cleaning agents and solvents, paint, pesticides, and preservatives.

Maryland does not regulate HHW as hazardous waste and Federal law allows for the disposal of HHW in household trash.  However, due to the potential of HHW to cause physical injury, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems, and present hazards to children and pets, MDE recommends the proper recycling/disposal of HHW materials at local HHW collection programs.

Many Maryland counties have programs in place to collect HHW such as mercury, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, and to a lesser extent medications.  The chart below shows the counties, names of contacts and current status of these programs. Some counties have HHW day only once a year so contact your county to find out when the next collection day is and ask what materials they will accept.


Year round
Anne Arundel 410-222-7951

6 days/yr.  (April thru Oct)

Baltimore City    410-396-5134 Collects materials from April through October.
Baltimore County Jerry Siewierski
April thru Nov; Mon. - Sat. at  Eastern Landfill. In addition, (2) one day events in Spring & Fall at various locations.


Residents only.   Events scheduled throughout the year.  Motor Oil, Motor Oil Filters and Anti-Freeze accepted at Convenience Centers and Appeal Landfill
Caroline 410-479-0520 Biannual (Spring-Fall); Mid-Shore  Program*
Carroll 410-386-2633 Oil and antifreeze only accepted

Tanya Adams


Oil and antifreeze only accepted

Biannual HHW day events

Charles Lowry Phelps
April thru Dec.,  1st Saturday of each month, 9-3.
Dorchester Robert Tenanty
Oil and antifreeze only accepted
Frederick Administration
Biannual (Spring-Fall) 
Garrett Kimberly Madigan
Oil and antifreeze only accepted
Harford Robert Ernst
Biannually collects oil and antifreeze, paint, marked pesticide containers, contaminated gasoline
Howard Alan Wilcom
April thru Nov, Sat. only, Alpha Ridge Landfill
Kent Marty Holden
Biannual (Spring-Fall);  Mid-Shore Program*
Montgomery Rick Dimont
Shady Grove Transfer Station, Open 7 days/week; 9am to 5pm.
Prince George’s Recycling Section
Year round @ Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill on Thurs, Fri. & Sat.
Queen Anne’s Todd Mohn
Biannual (Spring-Fall); Mid-Shore  Program*
St. Mary’s Richard Tarr
301-863-8400 x550
2-3 events per year in late Summer & early Fall at St. Andrews Landfill.
Somerset Charles Cavanaugh
Oil and antifreeze only accepted at the convience centers
Talbot Derick Brummell
Biannual (Spring-Fall); Mid-Shore  Program*
Washington Harvey Hoch
Antifreeze, oil, and rechargable  batteries only accepted all year


Oil & antifreeze only collected
Worcester Ron Taylor
Special events
*MID-SHORE Program
(Caroline, Kent, Talbot, & Queen Anne’s)
Richard Keller
Biannual (Spring-Fall).  Oil and antifreeze all year.
MD Department of Agriculture Robert Hofstetter
MDA Pesticide Collection Program for small businesses

Community HHW Collection Events

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