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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

It's Dangerous, Illegal, and Can Harm the Bay

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.

Bag Yard Materials

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.

More Information

For more information on how to handle yard materials at home call 410-887-2000.

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