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Recycling Facts For Kids & Adults

*********ATTENTION: Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, ALL Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling Sites will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

The Main Office is now OPEN normal operating hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The landfill, located at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road is NOW on the Winter Schedule:
Saturdays the landfill closes at noon and the scales are closed. No commercial loads, or loads that need to be weighed, will be accepted on Saturdays until April 15, 2021

Due to Covid-19, We are Limited to One Customer in the Office at a Time.  Please Wear a Mask Inside the Building.

#1 and #2 Plastic Recycling Program has Resumed at Kings Run, Bumble Bee, Grantsville, Garrett Hwy., and Landfill locations.

                                                                       Fun Facts

Aluminum Cans – 1 Can Saves Enough Energy To Run a TV For 3 Hours. (Source: EPA)

After recycling, an aluminum can is usually repurposed within 60 days. (Source:

Aluminum cans make up less than 1% of waste in the United States because they are the #1 recycled item. (Source:

Compost – About 34% Of Our Municipal Waste Stream Could Be Composted (EPA)

Curbside Recycling – Approximately 9,000 Curbside Recycling Programs Exist Across The U.S. (EPA)

Food Waste – 33,000 Americans Throw Out About 33 Million Tons Of Food Every Year. (EPA)

Glass bottles, like aluminum, is infinitely recyclable - without any loss in purity or quality. (Source:

Glass Bottles – 1 Glass Bottle Can Power A Computer For 30 Minutes (Source: GPI)

Glass bottles take 4,000 years to decompose. (Source: 

Mixed Paper – Recycling 1 Ton Of Mixed Paper Can Save The Energy Equal To 185 Gallons of Gasoline (EPA).

Paper - On average, U.S. businesses use around 21 million tons of paper every year.  For every 1 ton of paper that's produced, roughly 390 gallons of oil is used to make it. (Source:

Phone Books – Recycling Just 500 Phone Books Could Save 7,000 Gallons Of Water (Source: AF & PA)

In the United States, we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour - about 42,00 per minute, or about 695 per second. (Source:

Recycling 1 plastic Bottles saves enough energy to light a 60-Watt Bulb for 6 hours or power a computer for 25 minutes. (Source: Earth 911 - October  2012)

It only takes 5 plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket. (Source:

The amount of plastic film and wrap produced annually could shrink-wrap the state of Texas.

Shingles – 200 Feet Of A 2-Lane Highway Can Be Paved By The Recycled Shingles From An Average Sized Home (Source: Owens Corning)

Americans Use 100 million steel cans every day. (Source:  Earth 911 - October 2012)

Steel – When A Ton Of Steel Is Recycled, 2,500 lbs of iron ore, 1,400 Pounds Of Coal  and 120 lbs. of limestone Is Conserved (Source: Earth 911 - October 2012 )