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Meet Rockville Employees: The Recycling and Refuse Team

Recycling & Refuse Team 2022

Rockville’s outstanding recycling and refuse team serves more than 14,300 homes each week. The team also helps with snow removal during winter weather emergencies.

Who’s on the team?
Our team includes sanitation workers and operators, supervisors, and the recycling/refuse superintendent. Fifteen veteran team members have more than 200 years of combined service to Rockville. The city is recruiting sanitation workers to join our team at

What does the team do?
The team operates recycling and refuse trucks that provide weekly recycling, trash and yard waste collections for more than 3,200 single-family and townhomes per day – more than 14,300 homes a week. Teams work in inclement weather to ensure the community receives this essential city service. This is a skilled and physically demanding job and safety is the team’s priority.

That’s a big job. Is there anything customers can do to help the team?
When in doubt, throw it out. Nonrecyclable material in the recycling stream can damage recycling equipment or contaminate recyclable material. Find a list of recyclable materials at If you’re not sure if it’s recyclable, put it in the gray trash cart.

Also remember: When in doubt, set it out. During weeks that include a city holiday, your recycling, trash and yard waste collections may occur one day later that week. Visit for holiday collection schedules.

Anything else we should know?
Please remember to be extra careful around workers. Slow down when you drive around a stopped trash truck or other utility vehicle. Maryland’s “Slow Down to Get Around” law protects recycling and trash collection crews by requiring drivers to change lanes as they approach stopped utility vehicles, or to slow to a “reasonable and prudent speed” when passing. The law applies to tow trucks, law enforcement, emergency response vehicles, transportation, service and utility vehicles, including recycling and trash trucks.

Learn more about recycling, trash and yard waste collections and more, including holiday collection schedules and how to schedule special collections, at

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