Baltimore County Now
Schedules Vary by Service Over Holiday Weekend
Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Friday, July 3 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate.
Trash, Recycling and Yard Materials Collections Will Be Normal on Friday, July 3; Drop-Off Centers Closed on July 4
On Friday, July 3, trash, recycling and yard materials collections will occur as scheduled, and all three County drop-off centers will be open with normal operating hours. On Saturday, July 4, County trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
Parking Meters and Libraries
All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be open on Friday, July 3 and closed on Saturday, July 4. Parking meters must be paid on Friday, July 3 and are free on Saturday, July 4.
Animal Services Shelter is Open over the Holiday Weekend
The County’s Animal Services shelter will be open on Friday, July 3 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. for a special Fourth of July Day Deep Discount Days pet adoptions incentive that offers 50% off of adoption and spay/neuter fees. The shelter is also open normal hours on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Another Clean Green County Initiative
At beautiful Meadowood Park in Lutherville this morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced to recycling advocates and recreation leaders that the County has initiated recycling collection in 12 Baltimore County parks.
“Recycling brings critical environmental benefits, both locally and globally,” Kamenetz said. “Offering our residents the opportunity to recycle conveniently in parks is another step toward a clean, green Baltimore County.”
The parks included in the program are:
- Banneker Historical Park and Museum
- Eastern Regional Park
- Honeygo Regional Park
- Marshy Point Nature Center
- Meadowood Regional Park
- Northwest Regional Park
- Reisterstown Regional Park
- Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
- Oregon Ridge Lodge and Nature Center
- Robert E Lee Park
- Loch Raven Fishing Center (seasonal)
- Rocky Point Beach and Park
These parks were selected because they already have on-site staff who empty trash and aggregate it in dumpsters for weekly collection. Although no significant additional personnel time will be required, each of these sites will need additional equipment and fixtures to implement the program. The initial cost excluding the weekly hauling is approximately $44,000.
Either the private hauler for each area or the County’s Property Management staff will empty the dumpsters on a set schedule. Private haulers charge approximately $88 per unit per year depending upon location.
The program began in May and features a combination of blue or white recycling barrels and attractive green trash and recycle containers. Two of the green containers will be placed at each of the designated parks and the number of barrels varies according to the park’s popularity, size and anticipated amount of recyclables.
“It is important to offer residents every opportunity to recycle and I congratulate County Executive Kamenetz on his continuing commitment to protecting our environment,” said County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.
Clean Green County Facts
- Our residential recycling program continues to break records in terms of tonnage collected, and is generating approximately $2 million in net revenues per year.
- Baltimore County continues to be recognized by the national Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for our investment in community trees, plus we are aggressively pursuing our goal of increasing the County’s overall tree canopy to 50 percent coverage.
- Our stream restoration program is nationally recognized, with seven stream restoration projects completed since 2011 and more than two dozen now in the planning and design stages.
- We are putting the Stormwater Utility Fee funding to work with projects all around the County including:
- street sweeping
- storm drain cleaning
- stormwater facility inspection, maintenance and upgrades
- shoreline stabilization
- urban canopy tree planting
- monitoring, planning and programming
- other improvements to impervious surfaces
- DPW is promoting residential recycling with billboards promoting the benefits of recycling, including environmental, jobs and landfill conservation. The three billboards can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page at:
Deborah Meehan, CPPB
Division Chief, Baltimore County Purchasing Services
Office of Budget & Finance
As a professional buyer, it’s always important to get the most “bang for your buck,” the best value and quality at the lowest price possible. Here in Baltimore County’s Purchasing Division, we are proud of our commitment to not only save money, but to get the best “deal” for our environment as well.
Years ago, realizing the impact that a large local government can have on local recycling markets, we updated the County Code to specify the purchase of recycled and recyclable products. This includes the purchase of recycled paper that contains post-consumer fiber as well as the use of double-sided copies.
We make a point to purchase Energy Star computer equipment and appliances. We have gone green with our janitorial cleaning products – using citrus-based cleaners to reduce toxicity while saving money without sacrificing results.
As you might imagine, we recycle tons of paper and bottles and cans from County offices and facilities. But it doesn’t end there. We also recycle outdated computer and electronic equipment by the truckload, keeping it out of landfills and earning a rebate per pound. And, we make a point to ensure that these e-cyclables are not shipped offshore to facilities with questionable environmental standards.
Our printer cartridge recycling effort is a particular success story. We are enjoying significant savings on this basic office expense without any reduction in quality.
We have recently begun to accept some bids or proposals electronically, and expect to eventually open that procedure up to all bids and proposals, saving reams and boxes of paper per bid. When you consider that we have more than 1,100 contracts and receive an average of 175 bids per year, that’s a lot of paper and a lot of trees! Plus, electronic submission simplifies and speeds up our processing.
We are committed to being part of the solution, and our environmentally preferable purchasing policies are making a difference for the bottom line and are helping to ensure a healthy environment for all of our children and grandchildren.
Justin Tucker, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern, contributed to this blog.