Baltimore County News
by Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Communications Specialist, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management
2. Be vigilant about conservation on Earth Day and every day – use natural light or turn off the lights as you leave a room, air dry dishes and clothes, install energy-efficient light bulbs, shop with reusable bags, recycle all you can, walk or bike to your destination and don’t waste food or let the faucet run while you brush your teeth. Want more tips? EarthShare has you covered.
3. Read about Baltimore County’s “clean, green” programs and services on the County’s Earth Month web page.
4. Follow Baltimore County’s new Facebook page, Clean Green Baltimore County, for all the latest news and information on county initiatives and resources that support sustainable living.
5. Attend an Earth Day event or cleanup. Here's a few ideas:
- Project Clean Stream Cleanups, through June 9
- Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge Cleanups, through April 30
- Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Frog Songs Night Hike, April 22, Catonsville
- Cromwell Valley Park, Earth Day Planting, April 22, Parkville
- Ladew Topiary Gardens, Wild Walks: For the Love of Insects, April 22, Monkton
- Cromwell Valley Park, Saturday Morning Bird Walk, April 22, Parkville
- Marshy Point Nature Center, Earth Day Celebration, April 22, Middle River
- Oregon Ridge Nature Center, “Love Your Mother Earth” Park Cleanups, April 22 and 23, Cockeysville
- Marshy Point Nature Center, April Gardens, April 23, Middle River
- Baltimore County Public Library White Marsh Branch, Earth Day Extravaganza, April 22, White Marsh
- Baltimore County Public Library Parkville-Carney Branch, Crafternoon Earth Day Planters, April 23, Parkville
- Lake Roland Nature Center, Earth Day Celebration & Cleanup, April 22, Baltimore
- Blue Water Baltimore events, April 22 and 23, Baltimore
- National Aquarium, Earth Day Celebration, April 22, Baltimore
- Maryland Science Center, Bee Hotels Workshop, April 22, Baltimore
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!
Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, located at 2200 York Road in Timonium (enter near the main gate). These products enable residents to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) through the sustainable practices of home composting and rainwater reuse.
Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for sale at $35 each. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for sale at $50 each. Both prices include tax. These are the lowest prices you will find in Maryland for these items this year. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) will be accepted. The sale will occur rain or shine, and all items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last). This sale is not limited to residents of Baltimore County.
Compost bins are shipped in two pieces and rain barrels are shipped in one piece; either product will fit in any car.
Benefits of Composting
Through decomposition, composting converts yard materials (grass, leaves, and small brush) into a rich soil-enhancing material called humus. When this material is mixed with the soil in your gardens or on your lawn, it returns nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and many trace minerals that are beneficial for plant health and growth. Using compost also helps increase water retention in sandy soils and aids drainage in heavy and clay soils. Please note that to prevent problems with rodents and other animals, the Baltimore County Code prohibits placing any type of food material in compost piles or bins.
Rain Barrels Help Your Garden and the Environment
Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Using a rain barrel reduces water pollution that can, at times, be caused by stormwater runoff.
This sale will be a joint effort hosted by Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management, and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.
For more information about this event, residents may visit the solid waste management web site or call 410-887-2000.