You Can Help Prevent Trash Fires

July 15, 2020
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Materials improperly placed into the trash can be significant fire hazards, capable of starting fires when:

  • mixed in loads of waste in refuse collection trucks,
  • on rail cars on the way to waste processing and disposal facilities, or
  • while waste is being processed at Montgomery County’s Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station or Resource Recovery Facility.

Reduce the risk for trash fires. Do not place the following materials in your trash:

When these types of items are mixed or come in contact with other materials in the trash, the combination can be volatile and catch fire.

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



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