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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

Most are Open on Friday

Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. The District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

Parking Meters and Libraries

All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and open normal hours the rest of the weekend. Parking meters are free from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, November 29, in order to promote local holiday shopping.

No Trash or Recycling Collection on Thanksgiving Day; Landfill Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, should set it out on Thursday night for collection on Friday, November 27.  Residents whose single stream recycling would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Thursday, December 3).

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Thanksgiving. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off centers, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, as well as County offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28.

For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.

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