Reuse Directory

View the Reuse Directory (PDF) for ideas on how to reuse materials in Allegany County. For more ideas on responsible waste management, check out the following information.


Source reduction, also known as waste prevention, is the practice of designing, manufacturing, purchasing, or using materials (such as products and packaging) in ways that reduce the amount or toxicity of waste.

Source reduction can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs because it avoids the cost of recycling, municipal composting, land-filling and combustion.

Did You Know?

Over the last few decades, the generation, recycling, composting and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) have changed substantially. While solid waste generation has increased, from 3.66 to 4.38 pounds per person per day between 1980 and 2012, the recycling rate has also increased from less than 10% MSW generated in 1980 to over 34% in 2012.


This Reuse Directory (PDF) can help you locate where to donate good used items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Remember, yard sales, pawn shops, classified ads, auctions and antique stores are also good sources for buying or selling reusable items.

How Else Can You Help?

  • Purchase products made of materials that can be recycled
  • Purchase refillable printer cartridges, pens and pencils
  • Reuse bags, bottles and jars
  • Take reusable bags when shopping
  • Take a reusable mug to work
  • Use the back of one sided copy paper as note pads
  • Use rechargeable batteries


When you've done all you can do to avoid waste, recycle. Producing goods from recycled materials typically consumes less energy and conserves raw materials.
In Allegany County you can recycle:
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Electronics
  • Glass
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and jugs
  • Office paper
  • Oil and Antifreeze
  • Tires
  • White goods (appliances)
  • Yard waste
Special recycling events are held for tires, household hazardous waste, electronics, and telephone books.


The Allegany County Compost Site at 11700 PPG Road in Cumberland, Maryland accepts grass, leaves and limbs (no larger than 4 inches in diameter). Please do not bring stumps, roots, rubble, demolition, railroad ties or garbage. Composted material may be removed at no charge.