Baltimore County News
Offers broad range of helpful environmental resources for residents and businesses
Baltimore County is helping residents celebrate Earth Month in a meaningful way by providing information on the County’s web site about local environmental events, clean-ups and volunteer opportunities; as well as information about energy audits, renewable energy, green business practices and more.
“In Baltimore County, we have a long history of protecting and preserving our environment to support the high quality of life that our residents enjoy,” Kamenetz said. “April is Earth Month, and it’s a good reminder for all of us to think of some simple changes we can make to reduce our impact on the environment. Many of these changes can actually reduce costs, for example, by cutting energy bills; and make our lives a little easier, such as switching to grasscycling rather than bagging lawn trimmings.”
The Baltimore County Departments of Public Works and Environmental Protection and Sustainability teamed up to present a web page where Baltimore County residents and businesses can find the latest information on eco-friendly events and opportunities. Listed events including a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin sale, the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, stream clean-ups and household hazardous waste collection.
The web page also links to energy efficiency and conservation resources for residents and businesses. The site includes a wealth of user-friendly information, including comprehensive instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit, as well as information for residents and businesses who want to learn how to switch to a clean renewable energy provider.
Additional information is available for landowners interested in finding out about how to protect farm or forest land through easements, residents needing to upgrade outdated septic systems, and anyone looking to donate reusable building materials to be re-purposed. Learn more by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/EarthMonth
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, five 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.
Trees must be out at the curb by January 14 to ensure collection
Christmas is still a week away, but as you prepare to celebrate, please be aware that the collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 9, 2016. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have the trees out at the 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 collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s three drop-off locations.
For directions to the County’s drop-off centers, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.