Montgomery County RainScapes Program

A RainScape is a landscape or design technique that helps reduce stormwater runoff from individual properties. RainScapes can be installed on any kind of property, but those on private residential, institutional, and/ or commercial properties may be eligible for a RainScapes Rewards Rebate. The RainScapes program promotes and implements projects which reduce stormwater runnoff and improve water quality on properties within Montgomery County, MD. The County offers technical and financial assistance (in the form of RainScapes Rewards Rebates) to encourage property owners to implement eligible RainScapes techniques on their property. Visit the Montgomery County RainScapes Website to find out more information.

Bulk Trash / Large Items Removal

B&B Refuse Inc. is our trash contractor and they will provide a bulk pick-up (furniture, other large items, but NOT appliances) to residents. You must call ahead (301-424-1427) and speak with a staff person or leave a message. Arrangements will be coordinated for payment “on the spot” and at curb pick-up. Payment is the homeowners responsiblity.

Here are some other bulk pickup service options as well:

Lastly, another option if you’re able to, is you can take your large items directly to the Shady Grove Transfer station (the dump). Here is a link to more information: This is a great, FREE option (up to 500 lbs) for Maryland homeowners and also where you can recycle or properly dispose of paint cans, batterys, hazordous materials, scrap metal, electronics and more.

Composting Information

Remember, Montgomery County residents and businesses can get a free composting bin.  Composting transforms your yard and garden trimmings–grass clippings, leaves, and pruning materials–into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling material that naturally enriches the earth.  When you compost, you create an environment for microscopic organisms to break down dry, carbon-rich “brown” material, such as fallen leaves and wood chips; and wet, nitrogen-rich “green” material, including grass clippings and flowers.  Along with air and water, the carbon and nitrogen materials decompose and create a high-nutrient compost to use for your lawn and garden. Visit the Division of Solid Waste Services Website to find out where you can get your bin.

Montgomery County “Pooper Scooper” Law

Did you know it is against the law to not pick up and properly dispose of your pet’s waste? Failure to do so can result in a $100 fine. Pet waste left on the ground and sidewalks becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause health issues, in addition to contamination of our ground water, rivers and streams. Please be considerate of your neighbors and “Scoop Your Pet’s Poop”! To report a pet owner not cleaning up pet waste, please notify the Montgomery County Police, Animal Services Division via the police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.

For Our Bikers

Check out the County’s new online bike map, or if you prefer a traditional map, request one by e-mail from the County’s commuter services office.

To encourage more bicycle commuting, Montgomery County is providing free bike rack installation upon request at workplaces or other public locations.  Priority is given to sites with access to public buildings within County right-of-ways that are adjacent to schools, libraries, employment centers, recreational and civic buildings.

Kids Ride Free

The Kids Ride Free program is back, offering free rides on County Ride On buses and certain Metrobus routes within Montgomery County to students ages 18 and under on weekdays between 2 and 7 p.m.

The program will operate year-round. Students should show their school photo identification cards (IDs) when boarding buses. The Montgomery County Division of Transit Services will print a special ID for elementary, home school and certain private school students who do not have school photo IDs. Those without IDs should contact their school first or for more information call 311.

Get more details on Kids Ride Free and other transit programs.

Public Parking – Pay by Mobile Phone

This new program gives a whole new meaning to phoning it in.  You can now use your cell phone to pay for parking at 4,500 County parking meters in Silver Spring. By summer, the program will be expanded to include meters in Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda. Bethesda’s 5,000 parking meters were converted in March. Visit the Montgomery County Division of Transportation for more information.

The new parking system provides many conveniences. If you pay by cell, you will get a text message reminder that your parking time is about to expire. You can extend parking time remotely and view transactions online. You can stop your parking session upon returning to your vehicle, so you only pay for the parking time you have used.

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