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by Kara Eppel, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

When you throw away your trash or put out recycling, do you ever think about where your leftovers go?

I had the chance to see for myself – and I can tell you, it was a real eye-opener. I toured the Baltimore County Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the County’s Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville, one of three facilities where Baltimore County residents’ trash and recycling goes after we place it outside for curbside pickup.

On one side of the facility, I saw recycling machines working to sort materials that are sold and then made into new products. At the facility’s transfer station, I saw massive mounds of colorful trash piled high, inside and outside the building. While it did not seem as if this area could contain any more, I watched as truck after truck entered the facility dumping even more trash. Looking around me, I could not image simply burying all of this trash at a landfill, especially since so much of this material could have easily been set out for recycling – and ended up on the other side of the facility. 

While the trash goes straight into the landfill, the recycled material gets cleaned, sorted and baled at the plant. In the facility, huge sorting machines line the wall, suspend from the ceiling, and lie on the ground. Recycling is thrown onto the giant conveyer belt and is dragged through the loud, clunky machines. You can hear the grinding of the materials, the cranking of the wheels, and the churning of the belts. The recycling is sorted and baled and sold for reuse.

Recycling helps the environment and also benefits taxpayers when recycled material is sold. Not only does recycling create an income stream for the county, it saves the county money from reduced disposal costs. 

Unfortunately, not every County resident recycles. They are throwing money into the trash. 

As the daughter of a taxpayer who wants to save money and a concerned resident who wants the environment to remain safe for future generations, I urge more of our citizens to use the recycling resources our county provides. 

Two bins do the trick -- one for trash, one for items that can be recycled. Paper, glass, metal and plastic can all be put in one for recycling. Check your trash and recycling pick up schedules online.   

While this seems like a small act, you are making a huge impact on your county and your environment.

For more information on what can be recycled and how to dispose of residential trash, call 410-887-2000 or check out the recycling and waste prevention information on the County’s website. 

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 Tuesday, July 4 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.  Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

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

There will be no collection of trash, recycling or yard materials on July 4. The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling, and yard materials.

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.  All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Monday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 5.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.

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 

Revised September 26, 2016