Baltimore County News
Baltimore County Christmas tree recycling collection begins Monday, January 9
The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 9, 2017. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have the trees out at the front curb no later than Saturday, January 14 to ensure collection.
Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:
- Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb or street; trees will not be collected from alleys.
Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents with questions may call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.
Five meetings planned in different areas of the County
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. In order to solicit input from the community regarding the content of this plan, four public discussion meetings have been scheduled at Baltimore County Public Library branches around the County. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Monday, January 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, MD, 21128
Monday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arbutus Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, MD, 21227
Wednesday, February 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD, 21222
Monday, February 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD, 21030
Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD, 21208
Please note that there are no “snow dates” for these scheduled meetings. If Baltimore County Public Libraries are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting on that date will be cancelled.
Copies of the 2019-2028 Plan’s draft Executive Summary are available on the County’s website, in the office of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204 (County Office Building), and at every branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system.
In addition to the public discussion meetings, people may submit written comments about the plan to Steven A. Walsh, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Written comments must be received by March 2, 2017.
Detour routes will be posted through nearby Crondall Lane
The Department of Public Works will close a portion of Gwynnbrook Avenue, between Owings Mills Boulevard and Garrison Forest Road, on Wednesday, December 21, due to structural concerns related to a bridge over a tributary to Gwynns Falls. A detour route will be posted and traffic will be channeled through nearby Crondall Lane. Baltimore County’s traffic engineers have adjusted traffic signal timing to accommodate the new traffic pattern, but some congestion should be anticipated at the Crondall Lane intersections with Owings Mills Boulevard and Garrison Forest Road.
This emergency bridge closure follows several recent inspections of the twenty-three foot long span. The concrete-slab structure – built in 1920, widened in the 1950’s and carrying about 7,000 cars daily – has been declining in recent years. Last year Baltimore County’s two-year bridge inspection cycle was accelerated and the bridge was monitored every three months.
Public Works engineers will be finalizing the design plans and final schedule, pending state approval of a right of way agreement. All options are being considered to minimize impact to the travelling public.