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- Collection Will Resume April 2016

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 2016.

The date of the last 2015 “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 web site at 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.

photo of fallen leavesA Message from Your Leaves…

Hi, do you want a lush, green world in the spring? If so, don’t waste your precious fall weekends raking us into piles and bagging us, or shattering the serenity of sunlit afternoons with leaf blowers. Instead, consider leaving us where we fall – “leafcycle.”


Leafcycling is the process of mulching leaves – that is, mincing us to shreds with your lawn mower – then letting Mother Nature take her course. This thin layer of tiny leaf particles, approximately one-tenth of their original size, will decompose and add valuable nutrients to your soil – for free.

Afraid you have an overwhelming abundance of leaves? No worries. Use my friends and me to mulch around your shrubs or in your flower beds and gardens or as filler for your compost pile. You can count on us to protect the roots of your shrubs and perennials over the blustery, white winter.

We Can Nourish Your Lawn

Why place us on the curb in plastic bags, waiting to be hauled away, when we could be nourishing your lawn?

There are a few simple guidelines to obtain the best results:

  • Instead of waiting for all of the leaves to fall and mulching them in one cutting, do multiple cuttings. This is especially true if you have a lot of leaves.
  • Chop the leaves as finely as possible. The finer the particles, the quicker they will decompose. A mulching mower will assist in this process, but any mower can be used.
  • Make sure the leaf particles don’t cover the tops of the grass blades. You don’t want to smother your lawn.
  • If the mulched leaves are higher than the tops of the grass blades, you can place the excess around your annual plants, shrubs, hedges and trees. A six-inch layer of mulched leaves will quickly settle into the ideal three-inch layer that will help to keep soil moist and protect the plants’ roots through winter.

Thanks on behalf of all leaf types,

Abel the Maple Leaf and her friends at the Baltimore County Recycling Division

Major Transportation Link Supports Economic Development

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open Campbell Boulevard Phase 2, a major transportation link from Route 40 to Bird River Road that will, in coming years, help connect White Marsh Boulevard to Philadelphia Road, improve traffic flow and support economic development in an already expanding area.       

“This one-mile section of new road is a major infrastructure addition for the community and the County. It will relieve congestion at key intersections – such as Middle River Road and Route 40 – and provide greater access for residents and business,” Kamenetz said.  

Phase 2 map

Construction Phases

The new section of roadway, which was officially opened at today’s 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, was built in three stages beginning in the spring of 2014. The completed Phase 2 is three lanes wide and cost $6.8 million for engineering, land acquisition and construction. It is just under one mile long, and includes a 220-foot long bridge over White Marsh Run, 3,000 feet of water main and sidewalks.

Campbell Boulevard will run for three miles when the full scope of the plan is realized. The project will include three bridges, water utilities, improved storm water management, sidewalks and numerous intersection improvements.

Campbell Blvd map - all phases

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