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Refuse Disposal: Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not addressed here, please call the Bureau's customer service line for assistance at 410-887-2000.

Q:  What are the hours of operation for Baltimore County's three drop-off facilities, including the landfill?

A:  Hours and directions for each of these facilities can be found on our drop-off facilities page.

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Q:  Where can I take recyclables?

A:  Residential single stream recyclables can be taken by County residents to any of the three County drop-off facilities. Additional items are accepted for recycling at each facility; please see our accepted materials guide (PDF) for more information.

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Q:  Where can I dispose of trash?

A:  In most cases, Baltimore County residents may dispose of household trash at any of the three drop-off facilities, free of charge. In some situations (depending on the type of material, number of loads, type of vehicle, etc.), a refuse disposal authorization is required for free disposal; otherwise, a prorated fee of $80 per ton will be charged. For more information about obtaining an authorization and/or the conditions under which an authorization is required, please visit our refuse disposal authorization page.

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Q:  Is there a fee for disposal at the County landfill and drop-off facilities?

A:  In most cases, Baltimore County residents may take material to the drop-off facilities free of charge. In some situations (depending on the type of material, number of loads, type of vehicle, etc.), a refuse disposal authorization is required for free disposal; otherwise, a prorated fee of $80 per ton will be charged. For more information about obtaining an authorization, please visit our refuse disposal authorization page.

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Q:  Do I need a permit/authorization to dispose of my material? How do I get one?

A:  If certain conditions exist, a resident must obtain a refuse disposal authorization in advance to guarantee free disposal. In these cases, if an authorization is not obtained, the resident will be charged a prorated fee of $80 per ton. For a list of these conditions and instructions on how to obtain an authorization, please visit our refuse disposal authorization page.

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Q:  Where can I take my paint, chemicals, and other Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW)?

A:  A household hazardous waste collection site is open from April through November only at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility. Baltimore County residents may drop off unwanted household chemicals, paints, pesticides, ammunition, fireworks, and automotive fluids for recycling or proper disposal.

The County also holds one-day HHW drop-off events twice per year, typically at either the Central Acceptance Facility or Western Acceptance Facility. Please see the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability's HHW page for more information.

Small amounts of latex paint may be disposed of at home with regular household trash, if the paint is solidified (this can be accomplished by mixing the paint with cat litter or sand).

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Q:  Where can I take construction materials?

A:  Construction materials can be taken to Honeygo Run Reclamation Center (410-335-9500) or Days Cove Rubble Landfill (410-335-3778), but please call before visiting. Limited quantities of these materials can be taken to the Eastern Sanitary Landfill at a prorated cost of $80 per ton; this fee will be waived if the Baltimore County resident is able to obtain a refuse disposal authorization.

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Q:  Where can I take tires?

A:  Up to four clean, passenger-size tires (with rims removed) may be taken by County residents to any of our three drop-off facilities. Contact Emanuel Tire Company (410-947-0660) for information regarding the disposal of large quantities of tires.

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Q:  What other items are accepted at County drop-off facilities for recycling or disposal?

A:  Our accepted materials guide (PDF) has detailed information regarding specific items and how they are handled at the three drop-off facilities.

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Q:  How do I handle bulk items?

A:  Baltimore County does not provide bulk item collection service. Private haulers for bulk items can be found in the Greater Baltimore Yellow Pages under the "Rubbish & Garbage Removal" section. "Bulk Hauling," "Garbage Collection," "Trash," etc. can also be searched.

You may also wish to consider donating any useable items. The Baltimore County Reuse Directory (PDF) is a guide to local organizations that accept a broad range of donated items, including appliances, beds, building materials, furniture, and more.

County residents may take bulk items to all three Baltimore County drop-off facilities, at no charge. Please note that the County does not offer assistance in unloading these items at the facilities.

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Q:  Does the County provide mulch or compost to residents?

A:  At times, the Bureau of Solid Waste Management has supplies of mulch and compost available to residents, free of charge. These products are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, only at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility in White Marsh. Attendants are not available to assist with loading the mulch and compost; residents are asked to bring their own containers and shovels to load the material themselves. The mulch and compost are not always available for residents - please call 410-887-2000 first to check the availability of these materials.

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Q:  What percentage of room has already been used in the County's landfill?

A:  As of May, 2012, the County's only landfill available to accept more trash - Eastern Sanitary Landfill in the White Marsh Area - is 51 percent full.

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Revised March 28, 2014

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