Section 3 of the Village of Chevy Chase
P.O. Box 15070
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301 656-9117


Trash Collection and Recycling

Each of the Chevy Chase municipalities contracts for trash collection and recycling services. Montgomery County does not service Section 3.  As a result, we have trash pickup twice a week instead of once a week! Mondays and Thursdays are household trash pickup and recycling days. Two trucks visit every house on each day.

Mondays and Thursdays:  Regular Household Trash Pickup

Our contractors pick up from the rear of the house or wherever you keep your trash cans but all trash must be placed in plastic bags, not loose. Trash can lids should be shut tightly.  If you are missed, contact the village manager immediately, either via email or by phone (301 656-9117). If given enough notice, they will pick up the following day. 

Mondays: Yard Waste Recycling

Yard waste is recycled and must be left curbside and placed in large brown paper bags or in unlined trash cans. Branches should be no more than 4í in length and bundled in twine so that they can be easily thrown up into the truck. All yard waste is recycled, so be certain to exclude any plastic bags or pots, etc. Leaf bags should be no more than 45 pounds so that they too can be hoisted into a truck. If you need more bags, contact the Village Manager who will provide you with extra bags if there are any in stock. Otherwise, paper leaf bags are available at most hardware stores and/or supermarkets.

Once a year, in the fall, every member of the community receives 25 large leaf bags because we do not have curbside leaf collection. Our streets are simply too narrow to allow piles of leaves.  Should you use the services of a landscape contractor, please make it clear that debris should NOT be blown into the street and that leaves, grass clippings, etc., cannot be stored in plastic bags.

Thursdays: Bottles, Cans and Glass, and Paper Recycling

Paper: In addition to household waste picked up at the rear or side of your home, recycling is picked up curbside. Itís a good idea to leave out all recycling on Wednesday nights as they come early in the morning for pick-up.  Every home is provided with a covered bin for all magazines, newspapers, old telephone books, boxes, etc. If you have excess paper (as in moving boxes or gift boxes), flatten them and wrap them in twine so that they can be thrown into the recycling truck. 

Please make certain you donít include credit card offers or anything that might lead to identity theft in your paper recycling. Those items should be shredded and kept out of reach of potential criminals.

Plastic, Glass & Metal: In addition to household waste picked up at the rear or side of your home, plastic, glass and metal items are picked up curbside from a blue bin provided to each household. Make sure to put your recycling out Wednesday nights as they come early in the morning.

If you need a new recycling bin for either paper or bottles/cans, contact the Village Manager and arrange to pick one up at her home.

If you have questions about what may be recycled and what may not, check the Montgomery County recycling website.

First Wednesdays Bulk Trash: Curbside

Major household goodsóbulk trash excluding toxic waste, paint cans, tires and batteries, is picked up curbside the first Wednesday of every month except January and February. Refrigerators and/or air conditioners can only be picked up by our contractor if a licensed plumber has removed the Freon from these appliances and tagged the appliance with a special EPA sanctioned tag.

Hazardous materials (including paint cans) can be taken to sites provided by Montgomery County and announced in local papers. They can also be taken to the County Transfer Station out Route 355. For more information on hazardous waste disposal go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hazardouswaste .

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers!) about Section 3's Bulk Trash Pickup.

Other Options

If you have items that could be used by others who are less fortunate---donít throw them out, contact your favorite charity or the Village Manager who will steer  you to possible recipients. A Wider Circle is a local charity helping  formerly homeless families get on their feet. They collect gently used furniture and household goods and allow families  who have just gotten new housing to select what they need for their new home and then moves them in with these items. Anything that could be used by a family setting up housekeeping all over again and is in good condition would better be recycled via A Wider Circle or other charity. Go to www.awidercircle.org.