Trash & Recycling
A Trip to the Recycling Center
There is good news about the
new disposal site for your
hazardous waste and used
electronics. The DC Department of DPW has two drop off sites open the first Saturday of every month (except holidays) from 8:00 am to 3 pm. In addition to
accepting your hazardous waste and
used electronics, they will also shred
up to five boxes of documents for
you. For a list of acceptable items, go
Of the two sites, it is much easier
for Georgetown folks to go to the
Fort Totten Transfer Station at 4900
Bates Road NE. When Jim and I
recently went to the Fort Totten site,
we discovered that MapQuest and
Google Maps are not reliable! However,
it is easy to get there if you use
these directions. Drive to North Capitol
Street by your favorite route.
Drive north on North Capitol until
you come to Fort Drive and turn
right. After turning, stay to the left.
At the first stop light, Taylor Street
branches off to the left from Fort
Drive. Continue on Taylor until the
second stop light and take the right
exit just after the light. Shortly you
will come to a T intersection and turn
left on John McCormick Drive. Continue
until the end of John
McCormick Drive and you will be
facing the front entrance of the Ft.
Totten Transfer Station.
Disposal of items at the station was
a breeze. DPW personnel stood at designated
areas for hazardous waste (oil
paint, pesticides, batteries, etc.) and
electronics (TVs, computers, printers,
cell phones, etc.). They even helped
take the items out of the vehicle.
There were no lines so it took just
minutes to finish everything.
No longer do you have to a wait a
year to dispose of items in your basement.
Best of all, you know that your
hazmat will be disposed of in an environmentally
sound way and that your
electronics will be recycled, guaranteed.
So you will be able to help
yourself and help the planet.
- by Brenda Moorman, Chair Beautification Committee