Trash, Recycling, & Composting

Household Trash Collection

Household trash is collected twice weekly. Please contain your trash in lidded containers. These containers should be placed out by 7 a.m. The town offers backdoor trash collection, so you can leave your containers anywhere on the property as long as they are accessible to the collection crews.

Collection Schedule

  • If you live east of Maple Avenue or on the east side of Maple Avenue, your household trash is collected on Mondays and Thursdays. 
  • If you live west of Maple Avenue or on the west side of Maple, your household trash is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. 
  • If you live on East-West Highway, Connecticut Avenue, or Bradley Lane, your household trash is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. 
Recycling and trash collection are not provided on the following holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day 

Special Trash Pickup

Special trash pick ups are provided for a fee, determined by the trash contractor. These pickups are used to dispose of those items not included in household trash. To arrange for a special pick up, call Unity Disposal, the Town's household trash contractor, at 301-490-8604. You will schedule the pick up and pay the contractor directly. 

Single-Stream Recycling

Recycling is collected backdoor weekly on Wednesdays. The Town offers backdoor, single-stream recycling allowing residents to place all recyclable materials into their 64 gallon cart or 18 gallon bins.  Recyclable items should be in Town recycling bins, by 7 a.m to be collected backdoor. The Town may only issue one (1) 64 gallon cart per residence.  If your cart has been damaged it needs to be replaced, or if you would like to request a new 18-gallon bin you may request a new bin by completing a Recycling Bin Request Form.  The cart or bin(s) will be dropped off at the curb in front of your house.

Single-Stream Recycling Guide

Yard Trash Recycling

  • The town offers curbside collection of yard trash on Mondays.
  • Trimmings should be placed at the the curb by 7 a.m.
  • Leaves, grass, and other trimmings should be placed in reusable containers or paper bags.
  • Brush should be tied into bundles with string.
  • Bundles should not exceed 30 inches in diameter, 4 feet in length, and 4 inches in diameter per piece.
  • Christmas Tree Disposal
The Town of Chevy Chase contracts out Christmas tree disposal as a service for residents each year. This service runs from December 26 to January 15. To participate, simply remove all ornaments and tinsel from the trees, and place them at curbside.products, glass, plastic, and paper. Please call the Town Office if you have a specific question about what can or can not be recycled.

Household Organic Waste Collection

Household organic waste is collected curbside every Tuesday. This is a voluntary service.  Upon opting to receive service, participants receive one (1) 5-gallon bin and liner.  On collection day, the contractor will empty the bin, wipe it down, replace the liner and return it to the curb.  This program allows for one bin per household; however, you may arrange to have additional bins collected for an additional fee by contacting Compost Crew at (301) 202-4450 or by visiting their website at

Residents wishing to opt-in to this service may do so by contacting the Town Office by the last Tuesday of any month. Bins will be delivered to new participants on the first Tuesday of the following month, with regular pickup beginning the following week.

A compostable materials list is available here.

Trash & Treasure Weekends

Twice a year the town provides a special service allowing residents to discard at curbside unwanted items from garages, basements, attics, and yards including:
  • Appliances (doors must be removed for safety)
  • Bikes
  • Furniture
  • Games
  • Rolled rugs
  • Yard tools
  • Unacceptable Items
  • The items are removed at no charge to the residents. The following items will not be picked up as part of Trash & Treasures
  • Cardboard
  • Firewood
  • Hazardous materials
  • Loose or broken glass
  • Newspapers or recyclable paper
The dates and guidelines for "Trash & Treasures" are published in the town's newsletter, the Forecast, in the month preceding the pickup.