La Plata, MD — Charles County residents will have the opportunity to securely dispose of old documents as part of an environmental outreach event on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Charles County Government Building.

Residents of the county can bring up to five boxes per vehicle of personal documents for free on-site shredding and recycling.

There will also be workshop on making a rain barrel offered by University of Maryland Extension staff.

Participants in the rain barrel workshop will take home a rain barrel and learn proper in-home installation techniques, practical uses for rain barrels, and how to reduce the impact of runoff on local waterways. You will also become eligible for a stormwater remediation fee credit.

Advance registration is required. Register at, or for more information, call Stephanie Lowery at 301-932-3591 or Jackie Takacs at 240-393-6508. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Charles County Government staff will conduct a composting workshop. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of home composting. Registrants can receive a free plastic GEOBIN® or get instructions on making a wire bin at home.

Registration is required. Register at
For more information, call Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3569 or Luke Gustafson at 301-934-5403. Registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 28.

The first workshops start at 9:30 a.m. The Charles County Government Building is located at 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778.