Baltimore County News
Will Resume April 2017
The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will halt in December, and will resume in April 2017.
The date of the last 2016 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).
Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.
Residents may go online to view their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules and program guides can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000.
Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.
Public is invited to evening meeting on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-503, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is developing a new Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan to cover the 2019-2028 period. As part of the Plan development process, a County Executive-appointed Solid Waste Management Citizens Review Committee (SWMCRC) has been formed to provide input and recommendations to the County regarding the content of the new Plan.
The next meeting of the SWMCRC will be held on Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room at 400 Washington Avenue in Towson. Citizens may attend and observe this open meeting, though there will not be an opportunity for public participation. The County prefers that any citizens wishing to attend contact the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000 by Wednesday, December 7.
An agenda for the December 12 meeting will be made available online at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. This agenda, as well as additional information about the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan, will be located at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwasteplan.
Composting is best option
Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay, and illegal.
Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.
Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens.
Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges, and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants.
Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container.
For more information on how to handle yard materials at home, residents may visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
Revised September 26, 2016