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Yard Materials Collection:  Grass, Leaves, and Small Brush

Understanding Your Collection Schedule

You can view/download your Baltimore County collection schedule online, or call 410-887-2000 for a copy.

If there are Ys on your schedule, yard materials will be collected separately for recycling (not with trash) from April 1 through the last Y day on your schedule each year. In all other cases, yard materials will be collected with trash. For example, if your last Y day in a year is December 1, yard materials will be collected with trash from December 2 through March 31.

If there are no Ys on your schedule, yard materials will be collected with trash year-round. See Bureau of Solid Waste Management collection regulations for specific set-out procedures.

What materials are accepted?

  • We Collect:  Grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs.
  • We Don't Collect:  Poison ivy, oak, or sumac; giant hogweed, lumber, food scraps, garden hose, etc.

Collection Requirements

  • Place grass and leaves in paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags.
  • Branches and limbs must be no larger than three inches in diameter, no longer than three feet, and tied in bundles.
  • Bag or bundle other materials.
  • Maximum weight for a bag or bundle is 30 pounds.
  • Do not place yard materials in trash containers or the street.

Collections During Peak and/or Holiday Periods

Residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, but the collector may not collect all of the bags on the same day. Collectors must make trash collection their first priority and must take into account all of the residents on their route. The Bureau of Solid Waste Management appreciates residents' patience regarding yard materials collections, especially during peak and/or holiday collection periods. Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs.

Reminder

Do not rake or blow leaves (or other yard materials) into the public street. It is a violation of County Code Section 18-3-109 to place leaves, grass, or other debris into a County street or in storm drains. Such unlawful acts may result in fines being issued.

Revised September 4, 2012 

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