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Pledge to Recycle or Recycle More Often!

Celebrated each year on November 15, since 1997, America Recycles Day (ARD) is an initiative of the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful.

ARD is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.

Recycling-focused events are held across the country in celebration of ARD. In 2014, more than 2,000 events were registered, engaging more than two million estimated participants nationwide. Throughout the month of November, individuals are also encouraged to pledge to either start recycling or recycle more often. Pledges can be submitted on the ARD website, through social media, or via paper form.

Benefits Impact Residents

Recycling is especially important in Baltimore County, where many of its benefits have a direct impact on County residents. Recycling helps to preserve space in the County’s only active landfill. Recycling also earns money for the County – in the period from July 2014 through June 2015, the County’s recycling sorting facility generated net operating revenues of over 1.8 million dollars.

There are many other great reasons to recycle, and Baltimore County wants residents to share their own on social media. Individuals are encouraged to use the hash tag #WhyBaltCoRecycles to spread the word and inspire others to recycle.


Learn more about the County's recycling program , visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s or call 410-887-2000.

Learn more about ARD.

One-Day Event at Western Acceptance Facility

On Sunday, November 8, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Baltimore County Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe.

The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) in cooperation with the Police, Fire and Public Works departments.

Baltimore County residents may bring household paints and chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, re-chargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this event.

White Marsh Drop-Off Center Now Open All Year

For those residents who can’t make it to the one-day event, Baltimore County operates a full service household hazardous waste drop off facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. This facility is open all year and operates Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2016 Collection Event Announced

EPS officials also announced that the spring 2016 household hazardous waste one-day collection event will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility, located at 201 West Warren Road in Cockeysville. 


Residents may call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 for more information

photo of man with donationsMeghan Schatz
Bureau of Solid Waste Management

As the holidays arrive, our belts tighten around our post-Thanksgiving waists and our wallets thin from the joy of giving to our loved ones. Amid the hustle and bustle of department store discounts and clearance racks, it’s easy to overlook all the perfectly good items piling up at home.

Many of us have unused low-definition TV’s, working cell phones untouched since the latest update, and outdated toys and games collecting dust in the basement. One can imagine Clement Clark Moore actually intended the timeless poem “‘Twas the Night before Christmas” to read “when out on the lawn there arose such a clutter.”

In addition to fueling the holiday spirit by helping others, donating, or choosing to reuse, unused goods has many advantages. As opposed to discarding items as trash, donating reduces disposal costs, cuts down on air and water pollution, and conserves space in Baltimore County’s landfill (which is already over 50 percent filled). Donating certain items may even qualify as a valuable tax deduction.

Here are some ways you can donate this holiday season.

Large household appliances, like electric stoves, refrigerators, and furniture, are accepted by the American Rescue Workers, which resells the items. The proceeds fund a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, a soup kitchen, and an overnight shelter for people in need.

Pet supplies, from crates to animal water bottles to blankets and towels, are acceptable items to donate to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) to be used for the animals at the shelter.

Books in good condition, as well as CDs and DVDs, can be donated to the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. These are sold at the annual Friends of the Towson Library Book Sale, which raises funds to support the Towson Library.

Cell phones complete with chargers and batteries can be donated to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County to be given to people experiencing domestic violence.

Gently-used eyeglasses and sunglasses donated to Lenscrafters find new homes internationally with those who need glasses but cannot afford them.

Building supplies, like faucets, sinks, toilets, doors, windows, and tools, just to name a few, can easily be donated to The Loading Dock, Inc. Just bring them to either of two County residents’ drop-off facilities (the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville or the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility in White Marsh).

Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army offer convenient locations across Baltimore County for items such as clothing, furniture, beds, toys, tools, household goods and more.

For a more in-depth list of acceptable items to donate, and where to take them, see the County’s Reuse Directory.

Remember – not everybody can give as much as you this holiday season. By donating unneeded goods, you can help fill more homes with cheer. And don’t forget – after you open your holiday gifts, make room in your closets, on your shelves, and in your cabinets by donating all your usable, but no longer wanted, items.

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