May 26, 2021

To Help Prevent Trash Fires, the Department of Environmental Protection Asks Residents to Take Extra Care Before Throwing Materials into Trash

As residents take on spring cleaning, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding everyone to be mindful of what they throw into the trash as certain items can cause trash fires.

Improperly disposed materials can cause fires in trash cans, on trash trucks and at the County Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

“Spring cleaning is a great time for us to remind all residents how important it is to take extra care before throwing materials into the trash or recycling bins,” said DEP Director Adam Ortiz. “We have seen fires caused by improperly disposed materials, such as batteries and propane canisters. We want everyone to be safe as they take on spring cleaning and throughout the year.”

Do not place the following materials in the trash:
When these materials come in contact with other materials in the trash, the combination can be volatile and catch fire.

Properly dispose of these items through the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program or other special collection processes available at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

Additional information on the proper handling of other items is available on the County’s “I want to recycle or dispose of …” page.