Baltimore County News
Composting is best option
Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and grass trimmings into the gutter or street is unsafe, potentially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay, and illegal.
Leaves in the gutter can lead to fires and endanger children who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trimmings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause algae blooms. Algae blooms absorb oxygen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to survive.
Instead of raking or blowing these yard materials into the gutter, the County suggests that residents compost them. Composting leaves and grass trimmings is an easy way to produce an environmentally friendly soil additive for use in gardens.
Another option for Baltimore County residents is to simply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, providing a great natural fertilizer for lawns as the leaves decompose. Mulched leaves can also be collected and used around plants, garden beds, under shrubs and hedges, and under trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and protect the roots of the plants.
Baltimore County residents who choose to bag their yard materials should put them out where they normally place their trash, in accordance with their trash and recycling collection schedule. Residents are reminded to use paper (preferred) or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans or any other type of container.
For more information on how to handle yard materials at home, residents may visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
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)
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.
Collections Where and When Conditions Permit
Recycling collection will resume on February 1. Trash and recycling collections will take place where and when conditions permit. No alley pick-up until further notice; only at front curb.