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Community Clean-Up Program

The Baltimore County Community Clean-up Program allows communities of 50 households or more to host bulk trash events — sometimes called "dumpster days" — to collect trash that is not normally picked up for curbside collection. If your event is approved and if sufficient funds are available, the County will subsidize the cost of renting roll-off dumpsters. Only one clean-up event per fiscal year (July through June) is permitted for each community association or clean-up area.

Step 1: Select a Location and Date for Your Event

Find a suitable location to hold your event within the boundaries of your community. The location must:

Your organization must have written permission for use of the location from the authorized agent of the property. If your community would like to place containers on Board of Education property, you must obtain written permission from the public school system.

Step 2: Find an Approved Contractor

In order for the County to approve and subsidize your event, you must contact an approved waste management firm to provide dumpsters.

View the list of County-approved firms and the procedure for selecting one.

Step 3: Submit Your Application One Month Before Event

When you have requested permission to use a location and scheduled an approved contractor, complete the Community Clean-up Application (PDF). You must:

  • submit your application at least one month before your event
  • attach written permission allowing use of the location where the dumpster will be placed, if applicable
    The Bureau will accept applications before written permission has been obtained, but written permission must be received by the Bureau prior to the event.
  • include documentation explaining the reasons for not using the lowest bid vendor(s), if applicable
  • provide a list of restricted items that will be transported to the landfill in a non-commercially marked pick-up or other vehicle, if applicable

Applications can be mailed to the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Attention: Community Clean-up Program, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 225, Towson, Maryland 21204; emailed to hspamer@baltimorecountymd.gov or faxed to 410-887-6028.

Step 4: Promote Your Event Properly

Don't publicize your event until you receive approval for your event from Baltimore County. Once you receive permission, you may advertise within your community — for example, by distributing flyers or advertising in the community newsletter. Don't publicize your event in general-circulation newspapers.

The event must be open to all residents within the community boundaries, regardless of whether they are paying dues. The event organizer is not to require residents to be association members to participate.

Step 5: Monitor Your Event

Your community organization is responsible for:

  • reviewing the Disposal Regulations so that you are aware of the items that can and cannot be disposed of in the landfill and those that require pre-approval
  • monitoring the site and loads of refuse at all times on the day of the clean-up
  • ensuring that containers are not filled above the sides
  • making sure the contractor removes the containers from the location promptly to discourage illegal dumping
  • any additional costs incurred by the hauler due to delays, wasted trips or rehandling of prohibited or contaminated items discovered by the contractor or the landfill

Note that the contractor may refuse to remove any containers that are overfilled or filled with an unacceptable type of waste.

Step 6: Follow Up

The next business day following your clean-up, contact the County at 410-887-5956 or hspamer@baltimorecountymd.gov to:

  • verify the number of containers that you requested were actually delivered and used
  • provide us with the identification code on each container
  • report the type of refuse in container and how full it was

If you experienced any problems with your contractor, please document it in writing and submit to the Bureau of Waste Management.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions, email Helen Spamer at hspamer@baltimorecountymd.gov or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-5956.

Revised June 2, 2014

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