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Marra Tripodi, Intern
 Bureau of Solid Waste Management

When it comes to recycling, many people head straight for the kitchen, but there is another important area of the home filled with recyclable items – the bathroom. According to a recent study commissioned by the Johnson and Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, only one in five Americans consistently recycles in the bathroom. However, many personal care products we use on a daily basis are recyclable. Below is a list of bathroom products accepted in Baltimore County’s single stream recycling program:

  • Plastic bottles (body wash, shampoo and conditioner, mouthwash, liquid hand soap, lotion, contact lens solution); plastic pumps in bottles are not recyclable and should be discarded as trash
  • Paperboard items (toilet paper tubes, tissue boxes, toothpaste boxes, soap cartons)
  • Empty aerosol cans (air freshener, deodorant, hairspray, sunscreen)

Shampoo bottles recycle too!

To start recycling in the bathroom, familiarize yourself with which bathroom products are accepted for recycling. Placing a small recycling container in the bathroom serves as a reminder to keep recyclable bathroom products out of the trash. Most items can be placed directly into the recycling container; however, plastic bottles should be emptied, lightly rinsed, and then recycled with the cap on.

So, next time you squeeze out the last drop of body wash or open a new box of toothpaste, give it a new life by recycling.


No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on July 4; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, July 4 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.  Health Department clinics, Animal Services and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on July 4; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, July 4, should set them out Monday night for collection on Tuesday, July 5.  Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, July 4, are asked to hold those items until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, July 11). 

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, July 4.  All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Saturday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 5.

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


Collections Occur from April 1 through December 14

Beginning Friday, April 1, yard materials will be collected separately for recycling (not with trash) from Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their schedule.  These separate yard material collections will occur from April through as late as December 14. 

For example, if a resident’s first “Y” day is April 11, yard materials set out at the curb or alley from April 1–10 will not be collected with trash, but will be picked up separately on April 11.  If a resident’s schedule has no “Y” days, their yard materials will continue to be collected with trash year-round.

While residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector might not collect all of the bags on the same day.  Collectors must make trash collection their first priority, and must take into account all of the residents on their route.  Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs.

Yard materials acceptable for recycling collection include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings, and branches and limbs.  Residents are reminded to use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans.  Bags of yard materials set out for collection must not exceed 30 pounds.  Also, branches and limbs will be collected only if they are no larger than 3 inches in diameter, no longer than 3 feet, and tied in bundles not exceeding 30 pounds. 

The yard materials collected on “Y” days will be composted into an earthy organic material, to be used by Baltimore County agencies and residents.

For more information about the County’s trash and recycling collection program, residents should visit the solid waste management web site or call 410-887-2000.


 
 

Revised April 6, 2016