Working in the Recycling Zone

Harvey Hoch (top photo, left) and Jack Nerlinger rest after loading up sets of encyclopedias in the Recycling Collection Zone during a past Green Fest, while Rick Schulman (bottom) packs up some of the collected electronic recyclables. Hoch and Schulman are members of the Green Fest Committee. The Community Center parking lot serves as the Recycling Zone for the day-long event. Volunteers are need all day to receive and pack recyclables. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)

List of recyclables

to be collected

at Green Fest May 10

More than two dozen recycling collection stations will be set up in and around the Community Center parking lot on festival day, Saturday, May 10.


Swaps, shredding & drug turn-in

  • Gently Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale
  • Paper Shredding - four-box limit (10-2 only)
  • Prescription & OTC drug turn-in (10-2 only)


Items listed below will be collected May 10.

  • Recyclables to be collected

1. Containers, packing material, flower pots

  • Eggs cartons
  • Block white Styrofoam
  • Packing peanuts/air pillows/small, clean boxes            
  • Plastic flower pots & trays

2. Medical equipment, eyeglasses

  • Metal wheelchairs, walkers, crutches & canes
  • Eyeglasses & cases

3. Rechargeable batteries ONLY

  • Household  batteries
  • Power tool batteries
  • Car batteries

4. Books, magazines, newspapers

5. Aluminum, scrap metal, appliances

  • Aluminum
  • Scrap metal
  • Appliances - (including refrigerators and AC units)

6. Jars, pull tabs, medicine bottles

  • Canning jars & lids
  • Aluminum can pull tabs, especially colored ones
  • Empty prescription drug bottles (no labels)

 7. Bikes, band instruments, corks, etc.

  • Christmas tree light strings
  • Bikes
  • Sewing machines
  • Band instruments
  • Greeting cards (front panels - all themes, except holiday)
  • Wine corks - natural & synthetic
  • Plastic gift & credit cards, etc. (may be cut or shredded)

 8. Clothing, hangers, sneakers

  • Wire clothes hangers - clean, no rust
  • Old sneakers - all brands
  • Denim jeans, jackets, shirts, shorts

9. TVs, computers, electronics, phones, cartridges, CDs, DVDs

  • Television sets (residential, 1 per household - no consoles)
  • Computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Computer accessories
  • Ink & toner cartridges
  • WiFi devices
  • iPads, Tablets,  E-Book readers
  • TI graphing calculators
  • Cell phones, GPS, radar detectors, Mobile Hotspots
  • Cameras and lenses
  • Game consoles, video games, handheld game systems
  • iPods & MP3 players
  • CDs & DVDs - no cases

10. Household recyclables

  • Paper, cardboard, catalogs, phone books
  • Bagged stretchy plastic bags/film
  • Food-grade glass bottles & jars
  • Metal cans and #1-7 plastic containers
  • Toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes

11. Building materials, appliances, furniture

  • Working appliances
  • Furniture
  • Building materials
  • Electrical supplies
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Household hardware
  • Full/nearly full paint cans

Recycling by Collector

(Drive-Thru Drop-Off Area)

Apple Valley Waste - Single-stream Recycling including plastics #1-7 and plastic bags

ARC of WC - Cardboard, newspapers and aluminum

BHS Band Boosters - Musical instruments

Bikes for the World - Bikes and sewing machines

Booksavers - Book, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias

Boonsboro Lions Club - Eyeglasses & cases

Catspaw Organic Farm - Plastic flower pots & nursery trays

Conservit- - Scrap metal recycling, appliances including AC units/refrigerators

Cotton from Blue to Green - Used denim jeans, jackets, etc.

Crazy Crayons - Crayons (wrappers on, made in USA)

Green Fest Committee - Ink cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics

Earthworks - Gift cards, store cards, credit cards (may be shredded)

FCPS Technical Education Department - CDís/DVDís (no cases)

Horizon Goodwill - Computer, monitors, & other computer items for recycling

Horizon Goodwill  -  Wheelchairs, and metal walkers, crutches, canes

Keefauverís Dry Cleaners - Wire clothes hangers

MOMís Organic Market - Wine corks

Nike - Sneakers (all brands, any condition)

Pet Pals Plus for Wash. Co. Humane Society - Pet supplies:  beds, crates, collars, toys, used towels and rugs, unopened pet food

Purr Haven Cat Rescue - Car, tractor, mower batteries

ReStore Hagerstown - Electrical, plumbing, hardware, full/nearly full paint cans

Terracycle - Old toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes  

Turn the Page Bookstore - Packing peanuts and air pillows, clean shipping supplies          

Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred - Paper shredding from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. only (4-box limit)

Unicorp for Wash. Co. Recycling - TVís and electronics (1 TV per household)

Valley Co-op - Canning jars/lids and egg cartons

Veterinary Clinics - Prescription bottles (labels removed)

Washington Co. Recycling - Rechargeable batteries, block Styrofoam, string lights

Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept. - Prescription & over-the-counter medications from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. only


Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

from Green Fests in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013